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2014 Deyrem Valentin, Margaux

SKU #1295313 91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Here is a fresh wine that brings out the elegant side of Margaux. It is fruity, with attractive notes of black currant and lively, crisp acidity. (RV)  (4/2016)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Deyrem Valentin has a lifted raspberry coulis, strawberry and violet-scented bouquet that feels just a little pinched at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly drier tannin than I expected, a Margaux that is molded in a "Classic" style, austere compared to its peers but with the body and density to suggest that it will age nicely over the next decade. (NM)  (10/2016)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2017 | Send Email
Deeply perfumed cherry fruit aromas lead to a fresh, nicely persistent palate. With subtlety on the mid palate and a pleasant bitter snap towards the finish, this is a very pretty bottle of Margaux that over delivers for the price.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2017 | Send Email
Here is an elegant value from an appellation not known for bargains. This fresh, clean and aromatic wine is red fruited and has a fine, persistent finish.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/10/2017 | Send Email
It is always a nice surprise to find a classic high-quality Margaux for under $50... But under $20? That just does not happen. Until now! I do not know how Clyde got this price, but this is it. This beautiful wine shows the classic floral notes of violets, and cassis. It needs a good decanting to coax all it has to offer to the forefront, but it is all there.

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2017 | Send Email
I was extremely happy to taste this new Bordeaux! It reminded me once again why Margaux wine is one of my favorites. It's very aromatic and opens up with pretty floral notes. On the palate it combines firmness and elegance. The balance between tannin, fruit and acidity is absolutely perfect. Sweet damson plum intermingles with somewhat earthy spiciness. Approachable now this wine will also reward you in the future.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2017 | Send Email
Trust Clyde to ferret out the hidden values in an appellation better known for prestige pricing. This Cru Bourgeois property is a neighbor of Chateau La Tour de Mons in Soussans, in the northernmost part of Margaux. The 2014 vintage has a very classic appeal. The nose is quite perfumed, very floral with hints of spicy oak. This is a medium to full-bodied effort, bright and lively with some sweetness of fruit, and an almost candied, “violet pastille” note. Finishes with firm tannins. At this price, many will be tempted to drink this young. Decanting is recommended for best results. For the patient few, time will reward you.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


Specific Appellation:


- Margaux is the southern most of all of the appellations of the Haut Medoc. Located near St. Julien, it has more cru classe producers than the other four villages of the area. In addition to the legendary Chateau Margaux, there are five second-growths: Rauzan Gassies, Rauzan Seglas, Dufort-Vivens, Lascombes, and Brane Cantenac. While more people are probably familiar with the third growth Chateau Palmer, there are nine other wineries with the same ranking in addition to a trio of fourth growths and a pair of fifth growths. Because Margaux is comprised of five communes… Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Labardes and Arsac, the wines styles are diverse throughout the region with the more masculine tannic wines coming from the Cantenac side of the appellation. Because of a high percentage of Merlot planted in the region, many wines from Margaux are more round, feminine, and exotic that the other appellations of the Haut Medoc.