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2014 de Braude, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1298844 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Owned by Château Mongravey of Margaux, this estate is in Macau in the southern Médoc. The wine is richly fruity, firmly tannic with both wood and fruit tannin. It is dark, dense and complex, a ripe wine that has a great future. Drink from 2022. (RV)  (4/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Château de Braude has an attractive blackberry, cedar and tobacco-scented bouquet that opens with a sense of confidence in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple and fine tannin. The acidity is well judged and it gradually builds to a lightly spiced finish that begs you back for another sip. This Haut-Médoc is worth hunting down. Tasted September 2016. (NM)  (10/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot. 45% new oak. Sweet spicy dark plums, generously fruited and firm but rounded tannins. Juicy and well balanced. Straightforward and nicely chewy on the finish. (JH)  (9/2016)

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/2/2017 | Send Email
A perfect example of the quality to be found in Bordeaux beyond the prestigious names or the prices that go with them. Nothing here but solid, well-made wine. From the Haut-Medoc near Margaux, with some of the elegance of the more famous appellation. Lightly floral with ripe, sweet fruit, lively acidity and fine tannins. A terrific value at this price point. Drinking well now but will continue to improve with another three to five years in the cellar.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2017 | Send Email
This was a runaway hit at our last Bordeaux staff tasting. Dark fruit with a hint of mint on the nose leads to a palate that is just so elegant and balanced. While "seamless" has became an overly used adjective amongst us wine professionals, I think the word applies here as well. Pure class in a glass!

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/22/2017 | Send Email
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Owned by Château Mongravey of Margaux, this estate is in Macau in the southern Médoc. The wine is richly fruity, firmly tannic with both wood and fruit tannin. It is dark, dense and complex, a ripe wine that has a great future. Try it now after one hour decanting.
Drink from 2017 to 2027

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2017 | Send Email
Its deep and profound aromatics of cassis, blueberry and ripe cherries are surrounded by woodsy, tobacco notes. Those notes also follow the very elegant palate that is framed by medium tannins and acidity. The De Braude is drinking exceptionally well at the moment, but will be stunning if held for five or so years. This is a Cru Bourgeois that it is proudly showing its attributes.

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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.


Alcohol Content (%): 13