En Primeur Bordeaux 2014

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[Add to shopping basket] Canon St Emilion £375 - 93-95 - 95-96 16-17 90-93 91-94
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The Château Canon 2014 is a blend of 72% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc, the estate moving towards the latter in terms of its new plantings, which will possibly see 40% in 15 or 20 years time. It was picked from 22 September until 6 October for the Merlot and three days later for the Cabernet Franc, matured in around 80% new oak. It has a glorious bouquet with great purity and delineation: raspberry, wild strawberry and small red cherries, very pure and harmonious. The palate is medium-bodied with sensual ripe, filigree tannin, just the right amount of salinity, precise and mineral-rich towards the exquisite, pure and 'classic' finish. This is outstanding for the vintage - a sublime Château Canon that might dare rank alongside the 2009 and 2010. If this represents the valedictory Canon from John Kolasa, then what a way to bow out.

Score: 93 - 95 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2038

A wonderful Canon with fabulous finesse and class. Full-bodied yet refined and polished. It touches your senses. Shows Right Bank made excellent wines in 2014!

Score: 95 - 96 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Mid to deep crimson. Full, opulent nose. Sweet start and then a little pinched on the end – there isn’t the broad sweep of fruit on the palate that was suggested by the nose. Correct but very introvert. One of the more youthful St-Émilions.

Score: 16 - 17 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2024-2032

Ripe but brightly defined, with damson plum, violet and bitter cherry notes, backed by a lively sanguine hint. The racy finish shows some flashy aspects, giving this good range.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2014 Canon is impeccable. Silky tannins convey an impression of total finesse as this round, creamy St.-Emilion shows off its considerable charms. Sweet floral and spice notes add lift to the red cherry and red currant flavors. The 2014 possesses marvelous energy and drive, yet those elements are channeled into a polished, totally harmonious wine.

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

[Add to shopping basket] Canon La Gaffeliere St Emilion £400 - 90-92 - 93-94 15-16 93-96 93-96
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The Château Canon-la-Gaffelière 2014 is a blend of 55% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 25 September to 9 October. Stephan von Neipperg told me that this is the first vintage that the estate is certified organic. Matured in 70% new oak barrels, it has a really quite sensual bouquet with lascivious red cherries and strawberry fruit lavished in new oak that is completely in sync. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, harmonious as usual. It is not the most sophisticated Canon-la-Gaffelière that you will ever taste, but there is engaging freshness and impressive length here. I suspect it will settle amongst the upper band of my score once in bottle. Very fine.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2030

A beautiful and succulent red with blueberry, violets and berries. Full body, long and intense. Extremely integrated. Made from organic grapes. 55% merlot, 36% cabernet franc and 8% cabernet sauvignon.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Dark healthy-looking blackish crimson. Overripe notes on the nose. Very definitely playing the mass-and-alcohol card but there are slight green notes on the end. Fast fade. Not the way to go.

Score: 15 - 16 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2021-2029

A strong ganache element flows along with the dark currant and blackberry flavors. A charcoal edge underscores the finish, imparting drive and definition. This will be a winner when it stretches out.

Score: 93 - 96 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Exuberant and explosive, the 2014 Canon La Gaffelière is quite forward in style, yet all the elements seem to come together. An open, exotic bouquet melds into sweet red cherries, plums, spices and dried rose petals. The high percentage of Cabernet Franc gives the wine considerable aromatic lift and tons of personality. Floral and savory Franc notes abound on the super, long finish. The 2014 is 55% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Score: 93 - 96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Cantemerle Haut Medoc £170 - 87-89 - 93-94 16 90-93 90-93
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The Château Cantemerle 2014 has a bright and slightly glossy bouquet with blackcherries and boysenberry fruit, hints of tobacco and gravel coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with quite "fat" tannin that lend this Cantemerle weight in the mouth, although I would have liked more precision and terroir-expression to surface on the finish. This is a "stocky" Cantemerle at the moment that just needs more sophistication.

Score: 87 - 89 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2028

Rich nose with blackberry, pastry and white pepper. Polished with reasonable weight of ripe fruit and balanced structure.

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This is a knockout. Excellent concentration of fruit and firm tannins. Very, very long. Fruity and intense. Same quality or better than 2010. Impressive.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Blackish crimson. Very opulent and perfumed. Rather light and simple though certainly friendly in the short term. Tannins are a little underripe with some greenness. Certainly respectable even if not a standout.

Score: 16 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2019-2026

Rock-solid, with a lovely loamy edge to the steeped currant and blackberry fruit. Hints of warm paving stone and smoldering tobacco emerge on the finish, and should develop with time. A textbook Médoc Cabernet.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2014 Cantemerle is complete, beautiful and highly expressive. Tobacco, new leather, menthol, cloves, earthiness are all laced together, but it is the wine's exceptional balance that stands out most. The 2014 finishes with notable energy and an invigorating sense of freshness. I won't be surprised if the 2014 comes towards the higher end of this range once bottled.

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

[Add to shopping basket] Cantenac Brown Margaux £250 - 91-93 - 92-93 16-17 90-93 91-94
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The Château Cantenac Brown 2014 is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. It has a feisty nose compared to its mild-mannered Margaux neighbors: perfumed dark cherries dallying with incense and iris. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, moderate depth of fruit, a little grippy with some lovely tarry notes developing towards the finish that has more substance than intimated by the aromatics. It needs to flesh out during élevage, but presuming it does, this could be a spicy Margaux that will give 15 to 20 years of pleasure.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2035

A silky red with fine tannins and a beautiful core of ripe fruit. Medium to full body, fine tannins. Polished already.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Dark crimson. Floral nose. Quite delicate and full of elderberry flavour. Quite chunky tannins. Solid stuff. Tannins dominate at the moment and may always be a little heavy for the fruit.

Score: 16 - 17 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2022-2032

Very refined, featuring alluring currant and blackberry fruit that glides along the supple structure, with iron and light espresso hints filling in on the finish.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2014 Cantenac Brown is very pretty. A model of total understatement, the 2014 stands out for its terrific overall balance. All the elements are in the right place. Sweet red stone fruit, iron, tobacco and cedar are woven into the silky, exquisitely layered finish. Tasted twice.

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

[Add to shopping basket] Capbern (formerly Capbern Gasqueton) St Estephe £110 - 89-91 89-91 - 17 90-93 90-92
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The Château Capbern 2014 (note the new un-appended name that will be introduced with the 2013 vintage) is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. There is appreciable volume on the nose, quite floral with incense developing with time. The palate is smooth and velvety on the entry with sweet tannin. There is a dash of white pepper towards the second half of this well-structured, quite sophisticated Saint Estèphe that sports a long, peppery, slightly earthy, masculine finish. Give this four or five years in bottle to allow those tannins to soften.

Score: 89 - 91 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2019-2032

Good deep colour. Attractive ripe open aromas then rich ripe cassis is combined with good quality spicy oak and a polished texture and a fresh floral finish. Glossy and impressive.

Score: 89 - 91 Albany Vintners

Very floral nose and round and juicy. Punchy and fun. Lots of fruit and very fine tannins - though not opulent. 14.2%

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2021-2028

Pure and direct, with a textbook beam of cassis and bitter cherry notes, laced with lilac and iron hints. The racy, unencumbered finish lets the mineral edge shine. Lots of improvement here recently. This may be the best value play in the vintage.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

A delicious, mouth filling St. Estèphe, the 2014 Capbern captures the personality of the year in the northern Médoc in spades. Hints of smoke, tobacco, licorice, mocha and earthiness wrap around a core of dark fruit in an exuberant wine loaded with pure textural richness. The 2014 finishes with notable intensity to round out its racy, voluptuous personality. There is so much to like here, including what should be a reasonable price. The blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, the first time Capbern includes Petit Verdot.

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

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