En Primeur Bordeaux 2014

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[Add to waiting list] Calon Segur St Estephe £420 - Sold Out - - - - - -
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[Add to shopping basket] Capbern (formerly Capbern Gasqueton) St Estephe £110 - - - - - - -
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[Add to shopping basket] Cos d'Estournel St Estephe £820 - 93-95 - - - - -
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The Château Cos d'Estournel 2014 is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc picked between 25 September and 10 October at 33.7 hectoliters per hectare. The pH came in at 3.77 and an IPT of 87, quite high compared to some other properties in the northern Médoc. It has "cool" nose, by that I mean it is not a flamboyant set of aromatics like the 2009 or 2010, but rather "streamlined" and focused, very delineated with black fruit intermingling with incense and iris. It is very controlled. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, but "full" tannins in the mouth that lend this Cos d'Estournel impressive volume. There is an unerring purity here, a gradual crescendo of intensity towards a peppery finish that lingers long. This is an impressive Grand Vin - classic Cos d'Estournel. Tasted three times with consistent notes.

Score: 93 - 95 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2022-2045

[Add to shopping basket] Dame de Montrose (2nd wine of Montrose) St Estephe £210 - 84-86 - - - - -
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The La Dame de Montrose 2014 is a blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot representing 37% of the total production. The bouquet is a little simple if compared to say, Les Pagodes de Cos 2014: blackberry mixed with boysenberry, a hint of black olive that is accentuated with time. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, grippy tannin. There is moderate concentration here, just a touch of spice emerging toward the finish that tapers away a little too early. At the moment there is a gulf between this and the superlative Grand Vin - it will be interesting to see whether it remains there in bottle.

Score: 84 - 86 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2016-2020

[Add to shopping basket] Lafon Rochet St Estephe £220 - - - 91-92 - - -
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This is really beautiful with so much class and finesse already. Full body, bright acidity and lovely fruit.

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

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