En Primeur Bordeaux 2014

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[Add to shopping basket] Carbonnieux Rouge Graves £190 - 90-92 - 89-90 15-16 88-91 90-92
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The Château Carbonnieux 2014 has a subtle nose, standoffish at first but losing its inhibitions to uncover blackberry, mulberry and candied orange peel. The palate is structured on the entry, the beginning of a linear Carbonnieux, but one adorned with ample freshness and vitality and plenty of tension towards the finish. It perhaps just does not quite deliver the length that a great vintage would have bestowed, but this is certainly a respectable contribution to the vintage.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2032

A very typical Carbonnieux with wet-stones, berries and walnuts. Medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish.

Score: 89 - 90 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Dark crimson. Intense fruit juice nose (little evidence of oak!) and very enthusiastic extraction. Acidity dominates.

Score: 15 - 16 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2030

Has a brisk edge, with plum pit and Campari notes, followed by a hint of rose petal. Iron and sanguine hints chime in on the slightly sinewy finish. Should flesh out a touch more with the élevage.

Score: 88 - 91 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2014 Carbonnieux is endowed with notable energy and focus throughout. A spine of firm tannins support the red cherry, red currant, smoke, slate and floral notes nicely. Today, the 2014 is a bit unyielding, but there is also quite a bit of appeal to classically austere style, especially if the fruit fleshes out a bit more.

Score: 90 - 92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Carmes Haut Brion Graves £315 - 90-92 - 92-93 17 89-92 92-95
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The Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2014 is a blend of 54% Cabernet Franc, 32% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon from vines that are being converted to organic, undergoing a 30-day cuvaison with 15% to 40% whole clusters. Around 74% of the crop is matured in 80% new oak, 16% in 1,200-liter oak foudres and the remainder in 1-year old oak. Winemaker Guillaume Pouthier (ex-Chapoutier) has fashioned a bold and opulent bouquet with macerated black cherries and boysenberry jam. But it does not really 'sing' of "Pessac-Léognan", not at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with dry tannin on the entry, but then there is a wave of ripe, black, grainy fruit infused with graphite and cedar and it finishes in a bravura fashion with a seam of coconut originating from the oak. I would want to just check how the oak integrates with time by bottling and it may merit a higher score then. It's gonna need a top wine to match the architectural ambitions of its Philippe Starck-designed winery - this is certainly going in the right direction. (90-92+ Points)

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2032

Beautiful density of fruit with blackberry, dark chocolate and blueberry character. Full-bodied, very fine and silky. Classy for the vintage.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Deep purple. Interesting meaty nose. Sweet and more weight of fruit than most. Very suave and polished. Excellent persistence. Though there is no getting away from the acid and tannin! (17- Points)

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2022-2038

Fleshy and open in feel already, with dark plum and blueberry notes, layered with light cocoa and fruitcake hints. Has a touch of loamy grip at the very end.

Score: 89 - 92 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2014 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is once again a real showstopper. One of the most unique wines in Pessac because of its high amount of Cabernet Franc, the Carmes Haut-Brion offers up a compelling mélange of dark red stone fruits, pomegranate, smoke, tobacco and licorice. The late harvest has resulted in a deep, ripe, super-concentrated wine endowed with tremendous depth. There may be a little freshness missing, but that is a small critique for a wine that delivers so much pleasure. The blend is 54% Cabernet Franc, 32% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, all aged in oak, but with some influence of 500L tonneaux and 12HL casks. Simon Blanchard is the Consulting Oenologist. Tasted two times.

Score: 92 - 95 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Chapelle de la Mission (2nd wine of Mission Haut Brion) Graves £330 - 88-90 89-91 93-94 16 90-93 90-93
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The La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion 2014 is a blend of 45% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a tightly wound bouquet at first with blackcurrant and hints of orange blossom lending a prettiness. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, a nice underbelly of classicism (emanating partly from the 8% vin de presse) underneath a veneer of ripe black fruit, easing down to a supple, 'fruity' finish. Fine, though there is a chasm between deuxième and Grand Vins this year.

Score: 88 - 90 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2017-2027

Spicy peppery nose followed by leafy Cabernet notes. Tightly wound.

Score: 89 - 91 Albany Vintners

A wine with dark berry and currant character that is juicy and rich. Full-bodied, round, velvety and savory. Second wine of La Mission.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Mid crimson and medium weight. Solid bright fruit with some fine, well-managed tannins but very much a second wine. Chewy finish and altogether a bit lightweight and lacking any opulence.

Score: 16 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2028

Vibrant blueberry and pastille notes form the core, with good energy from the savory and tobacco accents. Has a lightly chewy edge through the finish, giving this a grippy feel. Tasted non-blind.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Bright red plum, pomegranate, spices, graphite and smoke emerge from the 2014 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion, a bold, intense wine loaded with class and pedigree. Rich, ample and broad on the palate, the 2014 delivers tons of intensity, especially at this level. A final burst of expressive red fruit, iron and smoke punctuates a super-expressive finish buffered by veins of acidity and minerality that confer freshness. The higher than usual percentage of Cabernet Franc adds to the wine's aromatic intrigue. This is a superb second wine. The blend is 45% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon

Score: 90 - 93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Clarence Haut Brion (2nd wine of Haut Brion) Graves £520 - 89-91 90-93 93-94 16-17 91-94 91-94
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The Le Clarence de Haut Brion 2014 is a blend of 80% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc. (There was a lot of Merlot due to a lot of deselection from the Grand Vin.) It has an immediately engaging bouquet, perhaps better definition than the Chapelle de la Mission, a little more mineralité coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied, cohesive, tighter and more linear than the La Chapelle with longer persistence on the finish. Excellent.

Score: 89 - 91 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2017-2028

Pure lifted aromas of blackberry and mint. Quite disjointed at this stage, with the component parts of Merlot and the Cabernet seemingly quite distinct. Nicely textured with a spicy oak finish.

Score: 90 - 93 Albany Vintners

Gorgeous second wine for Haut-Brion with firm and savory tannins. Full, refined and layered with meat, tobacco, dark fruit and earth. Serious.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Deep crimson. Rather silky and opulent. Polished fruit and some real depth. But pretty strict in terms of dryness. An edge of firmness and quite marked acidity. Only medium bodied. But some nobility in terms of oak quality and tannin management.

Score: 16 - 17 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2021-2030

Plump, fleshy and inviting in feel, with a strong plum pâte de fruit note leading the way, backed by anise, blueberry and tar flavors. Picks up lots of briary grip on the finish. Still youthfully raw, but exhibits good energy and stuffing. Tasted non-blind

Score: 91 - 94 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

A huge, voluptuous wine, the 2014 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion wraps around the palate with serious depth and power. The Merlot is especially opulent and concentrated. Super-ripe dark red cherry, plum, spice and leather flesh out in a wine that captures all of the richness of the dry Indian summer. Far from an easygoing wine, the 2014 Clarence is going to need time to fully come together. The blend is 80% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc.

Score: 91 - 94 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Domaine de Chevalier Rouge Graves £325 - 92-94 93-95 93-94 17-18 90-93 92-95
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The Domaine de Chevalier 2014 is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 30% Merlot. It has a fragrant bouquet with blackberry, black plum, cigar ash and woodland scents, complex though not as intense as its white counterpart. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy, quite firm tannin that underpin a classic Domaine de Chevalier that has just the right amount of austerity at this stage. Reserved perhaps, but it is beautifully knitted together with a lovely bay leaf tinged finish. Quintessential Domaine de Chevalier…which is what we all want.

Score: 92 - 94 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2020-2040

Complex, stylish nose with crisp black fruit, smoke and minerality. Soft and supple in the mouth with blueberries and smokiness coming through. Unforced and very beguiling with lacy tannins. Not too dry and the whole impression is very harmonious.

Score: 93 - 95 Albany Vintners

Very dense and beautiful with chocolate, currants and spices. Walnut and hazelnut character too. Full body, silky tannins and a long finish. Balanced and fine.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Particularly dark crimson. Intense nose. Quite thick and dense. Then soft and beguiling on the palate. Unusually low in acidity! Quite luscious. And a cool finish. Complete.

Score: 17 - 18 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2022-2036

Tightly focused, with red currant, bergamot, Campari and sandalwood notes woven together and carrying through the well-polished finish. Has a noticeable twinge of singed wood and sweet earth at the end. A touch more backward than most of the Pessac pack right now.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2014 Domaine de Chevalier is stunningly beautiful. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, spice and leather are all supported by veins of underlying acidity and minerality. Sweet floral and spice notes continue to open up over time, but it is the wine's imposing structure that stands out most. Readers will need to be especially patient here, as the domaine's wines are typically very slow to mature. That is especially like to be the case with the 2014, as the tannins are quite imposing at this stage. The 2014 is going to need a considerable amount of time. The only question is how much. I expect the 2014 will still be magnificent at age thirty and likely beyond. The 2014 is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot that spent approximately 35 days on the skins. Olivier Bernard adds that the Merlots were brought in between October 10 and 17, which is quite late by the domaine's standards. Tasted three times.

Score: 92 - 95 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

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