En Primeur Bordeaux 2014

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[Add to shopping basket] Coutet NEW 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

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Croix de Beaucaillou (2nd wine of Ducru) St Julien Unreleased - 90-92 90-92 92-93 17 - 90-93
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The La Croix de Beaucaillou 2014 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot that is raised in 60% new oak. This needs a few minutes to settle down in the glass, which is no problem since Bruno and I always have a good natter about the vintage. There is a sense of nonchalance on the nose, nothing too extravagant, quite 'contained' compared to recent vintages but clearly with good concentration that will be more evident post-bottling. The palate is medium-bodied with dense tannin, a little powdery in texture, but I like the symmetry and focus defining the finish. Great potential, though it will require 4 to 5 years to fully assimilate that new oak.

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

Plenty of black cool chunkiness here and some savoury spicy notes of cloves, ink, and white pepper, followed by a dark chocolate finish.

Score: 90 - 92 Albany Vintners

Sweet tobacco, dried seaweed and blackcurrants. Full body, velvety textured tannins and an intense finish. Muscular and serious.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Mid crimson. Very fragrant and polished with freshness and a strong savoury edge. Some tobacco leaves. Meaty and yet with enough juice and well-controlled acidity. A little tough on the end now but good acid/fruit balance.

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2023-2035

The 2014 Croix de Beaucaillou is a dark, voluptuous beauty. Juicy black cherries, smoke, violets, crème de cassis and new leather are some of the many notes that wrap around the palate, leading to a deep, inky finish laced with purplish-hued fruits. Juicy and extroverted to the core, the 2014 is likely to reward consumers with considerable immediate pleasure. The creamy finish alone is incredibly inviting. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.

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

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The Château Les Cruzelles 2014 is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked from 24 to 29 September and 17 to 21 October and aged in 50% new oak. The nose is ripe and generous with wild strawberry and dark plum aromas, the oak nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple and fine tannin. It is not a complex Lalande-de-Pomerol but is (as usual) extremely well balanced with a fine degree of tension and finesse on the broody finish. Give this a couple of years in bottle and it should give several years of pleasure, probably more.

Score: 89 - 91 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2017-2027

Dark ruby colour. Appealing with cherry and cranberry fruit, combined with lifted notes of orange peel. Purity and refreshment value in the mouth and really quite exciting to taste – with ripe tannins also, this is impressive stuff.

Score: - Albany Vintners

Raspberry and cherry coulis flavors form the core, with hints of spice and tea along the edges. Subtle length.

Score: 88 - 91 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Dame de Montrose (2nd wine of Montrose) St Estephe Unreleased - 84-86 89-91 - 16 - 90-93
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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

Clean and pronounced aromas of black fruit with a touch of hedgerow. Broad in the mouth with glycerol texture and a black plum-tinged tight finish.

Score: 89 - 91 Albany Vintners

Not quite as deep a crimson as Tronquoy de Lalande. Some attractive pepper on the nose. Very rich palate entry. Really rather scrawny on the finish. Some definite green notes.

Score: 16 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2022-2030

The 2014 La Dame de Montrose presents a distinctly savory profile. Sweet red cherries, flowers, orange peel, herbs and white pepper give the 2014 much of its aromatic lift. Beautifully layered to match its gracious, understated personality, the 2014 impresses with its striking balance and laid-back sense of power. All the elements meld together in a wine of total grace. The 2014 showed better each time I tasted it over the course of two weeks. This is a very sexy second wine from Montrose. The blend is 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% % Petit Verdot that represents 37% of the total production.

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

[Add to shopping basket] Doisy Daene Sauternes/Barsac £260 - 95-97 - 90-91 17 92-95 92-95
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The Château Doisy-Daëne 2014 is bestowed with 144 grams per liter residual sugar and a pH of 3.7. It is much more introspective compared to the Coutet at the moment, perhaps because of less residual, but it is fragrant and ethereal with wild honey, yellow flower and orange blossom scents developing with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with superb tension and fruit intensity on the entry. It is more linear than recent vintages, minerally with a lovely twist of sour lemon imparting tension and vivacity on the crystalline finish. This is a fabulous Doisy-Daëne from Denis Dubourdieu.

Score: 95 - 97 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2020-2045

This shows lots of dried fruits and intensity. Full body, medium sweetness and a long, flavorful finish. Plenty of dried fruit character. Very dense.

Score: 90 - 91 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Light and clean on the nose. Pears and riches and very nervy. Exciting wine that is not playing the concentration card. Neat and correct.

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2035

Bright peach, nectarine and tangerine notes form the core, with a lacing of hazelnut. Shows a touch of youthful coarseness on the finish that has yet to settle in, but this remains concentrated overall.

Score: 92 - 95 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2014 Doisy-Daëne is one of the most intensely mineral wines of the year. Lime, petrol and graphite appear in a beautifully perfumed Sauternes with distinct Riesling-like aromas. Pliant and beautifully textured throughout, with mid-weight structure and no sense of heaviness whatsoever, the Doisy-Daëne is a gorgeous example of the year at its best. Both of proprietor Denis Dubourdieu's Sauternes are superb in 2014.

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

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