En Primeur Bordeaux 2014

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[Add to shopping basket] Clos Fourtet St Emilion £490 - 90-92 93-95 91-92 16 92-95 93-96
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The Clos Fourtet 2014 is a blend of 89% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc, picked between 3 October until around the 21 October. Mathieu Cuvelier found good freshness and acidity in the wine and compared it to the 2001 - a straight and long wine. It has an opulent bouquet with macerated black cherries and blueberry fruit, plenty of new oak but it is nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, blackcurrant and boysenberry fruit intermingling with orange zest and a touch of tobacco on the finish. It will need three of four years in bottle to fully coalesce, but otherwise this should be a fine Saint Emilion.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2019-2032

Beautifully fragrant with floral minerally notes. In the mouth is is supple and very pure with a fine, very appealing almost chalky texture that recalls the limestone terroir of this estate. Beautiful balance.

Score: 93 - 95 Albany Vintners

This shows wonderful cool fruits with a deep palate and velvety tannins. Really pretty. Tight and full of potential. We will see if it’s better than 2012.

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Mid crimson. Pale rim. Very sweet nose and rather mild palate. Not attention grabbing but nor is it exaggerated. Just rather low key and well behaved. Fresh but rather sudden finish.

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

Bright and pure, with a racy beam of cherry and raspberry fruit, lined with subtle spice and floral hints. The finish is discreet, exhibiting a long, filigreed minerality that plays out nicely-you just have to pay attention or you'll miss it.

Score: 92 - 95 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2014 Clos Fourtet is one of the highlights of the vintage. Super-finessed and gracious to the core, the 2014 presents a super-intriguing array of lavender, mint, violet, herb and blue stone fruits. Veins of cool, saline-infused minerals give the wine its energy and length. At its essence, the 2014 is a deceptively mid-weight, refined St.-Emilion built on weightless energy, tension and class. Hints of lavender, cloves, white pepper and savory herbs reappear on the finish, adding lift and precision. In 2014, Clos Fourtet is a true stand out, as well as one of the classiest, most understated wines of the year. The blend is 89% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc. Tasted three times.

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

[Add to shopping basket] Conseillante Pomerol £640 - 92-94 - 94-95 17 - 90-93
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The Château La Conseillante 2014 is a blend of 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc, picked from 23 September to 2 October and 29 September until 6 October respectively at 35 hectoliters per hectare. There was just 2.5% vin de presse and the Grand Vin represents 88% of the total production this year. As you would expect, there is far more fruit intensity on the nose compared to the Duo, with dry tobacco-infused red and black fruit, hints of Provençal herb and black truffle - very Pomerol in style. The palate delivers the class. Supple in the mouth, very well judged acidity, poised and long, the Cabernet Franc drives this along and elevates the finish in terms of complexity. There are light spices entering the fray towards the finish that is feminine and nuanced with lovely salinity on the aftertaste that will urge you to take another sip. I was admittedly a little underwhelmed by the deuxième vin this year, but the grand vin makes up for it. It is another great Pomerol from ever-congenial winemaker Jean-Michel Laporte and his team.

Score: 92 - 94 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2035

Wow. This really kick in here with lots of subtle yet fresh fruit and a chewy and long finish. Muscular and long with a wonderful elegance. The winemaker says the cabernet franc gives the style and structure here. And he’s right.

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Dark , healthy crimson. Intense, robust fruit with a sort of Pontet-Canet kind of chunkiness. Tannins are not the smoothest. Full marks for drama but not for subtlety. (17- Points)

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2024-2036

The 2014 La Conseillante is nicely supple and layered in the glass, with distinct cherry pit, plum, rose petal, wild flowers and subtle hints of spice are woven together in an open-knit, expressive Conseillante that is likely to start drinking well relatively early. The finish is decidedly silky and open-knit. The 2014 is quite pretty, but at this stage it is also lacking a bit in body. The blend is 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc, with the Franc a bit higher than the 15-18% that is more typical.

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

[Add to shopping basket] Cos d'Estournel St Estephe £820 - 93-95 95-97 96-97 18 - 92-95
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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

Deep purple with opulent black fruits, and plenty of heady lift too, with notes of tobacco, and cinnamon. Notable density with a core of deep chocolatey black fruit and espresso that builds to a superbly long, focused finish.

Score: 95 - 97 Albany Vintners

I love the style of this Cos with so much Indian spices constituting the aromas and flavors here. Full body, fine tannins and an ultra-long finish. Excellent structure and length yet this maintains finesse.

Score: 96 - 97 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Dense colour. Really very luscious indeed. A streak of St-Estèphe iron filings but surrounded by the more opulent fruit. Fine and refined. More fun than Lafite! Masses of tannins and density. Shorter than some vintages, such as 2005!

Score: 18 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2024-2045

The 2014 Cos d'Estournel brings together gorgeous textural richness and ripeness, yet retains considerable aromatic freshness. Mocha, red plum, raspberry jam and rose petals are all beautifully nuanced. I very much like the sense of translucent energy here. Sweet floral and spice notes add to the wine's racy, voluptuous personality. Today, my impression is that the 2014 Cos will reward consumers with a long window of pure drinking pleasure. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.

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

[Add to shopping basket] Cos d'Estournel Blanc Dry Whites £500 - 90-92 - 96-97 17 - 91-94
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The Château Cos d'Estournel Blanc 2014 is a blend of 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Sémillon that was picked between 22 September and 9 October at 29.3 hectoliters per hectare. It is matured in around 15% new wood. It has a clean and fresh, quite "minimalist" bouquet with the Granny Smith apples and granitic scents, but all low-key compared to previous vintages. The palate is fresh on the entry, the Sauvignon Blanc delivering fresh green apple and nectarine notes, a citric thread of acidity and plenty of energy towards the saline finish. It is a delightful Cos d'Estournel Blanc that should drink immediately from bottle, yet should mature for several years if you so wish.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2016-2024

This is very dense and beautiful with great intensity and length. Loads of sliced pears and apples as well as a creamy texture. Lots of apricots and salty notes. Iodine-like. Goes on for minutes. 66% sauvignon blanc and 24% sémillon. 8,000 bottles made.

Score: 96 - 97 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Floral, blossomy nose. Bright fresh fruit and sufficient lime-juice pungency on the palate. Racy and floral. Good weight. Emphatic. Neat. A little alcohol on the end.

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2019-2027

The 2014 Cos d'Estournel Blanc is deep, pliant and super-expressive. In 2014, it is the wine's textural depth and resonance that stands out. The late harvest resulted in white grapes endowed with a magical combination of density, power and freshness. Although the blend is 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon, there are essentially no green or grassy notes to be found. Even with all of its intensity, the 2014 remains bright and finely cut throughout. Lemon oil, white flowers, mint and sage are laced into the beautifully textured finish. This is a very strong showing from Cos d'Estournel.

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

[Add to shopping basket] Coutet Sauternes/Barsac £235 - 93-95 - 92-93 18 95-98 90-93
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The Château Coutet 2014 is a blend of 75% Sémillon, 23% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle and delivers...cue the drumroll...a whopping 162 grams per liter of residual sugar, the highest level of any Sauternes that I have data for. As you would expect, the total acidity is slightly, but not dramatically lower than its peers at 3.9 grams per liter (compared to say, 4.3 grams per liter at Doisy-Daëne.) This Coutet '14 has a complex bouquet with razor-sharp, minerally, citrus fruit mixed with wild honey and a touch of Riesling-like petrol. The palate is totally convincing. There is a great thrust of rich botrytized fruit sliced through with Coutet’s trademark acidity, despite the spoonfuls of sugar, that lends this such vibrancy and tension. It possesses and almost clinical precision with long persistence on the finish. This is a divine Coutet that may warrant a higher score subject to how it evolves in barrel. (93-95+ Points)

Score: 93 - 95 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2019-2040

This shows a lively density, intensity of fruit and spiciness. Pineapples as well. Full body, medium sweetness and a long finish.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Looks heavy in the glass. Unusually spicy. This wine really grabs the palate in a tactile way. Lots of texture and tension between sweetness and acidity. Exuberant. And unashamed.

Score: 18 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2040

Plump at first, with a praline note around the heather, pineapple and nectarine flavors. Stretches out, with a juicy feel, while orange blossom and white peach accents fill in, imparting lift and cut. This packs a bit of power, but there’s lots of buried freshness as well. The finish is seriously long already.

Score: 95 - 98 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2014 Coutet is absolutely delicious. Nothing stands out, instead it is the wine's overall balance that is most impressive. Attractive scents of pear, white flowers and pastry convey and impression of finesse. The style is a bit laid back, but the Coutet is a real overachiever.

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

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