Clos de Vougeot 2014

Vougeot / Bernstein, Olivier

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Tasting Notes

Tasted blind at the Burgfest 2014 tasting, the 2014 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru from Olivier Bernstein has a lifted bouquet with raspberry coulis and strawberry scents and, unlike the example that turned out to be from Benjamin Leroux, here I find the oak more neatly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit, a fine line of acidity and a spicy finish that lingers in the mouth. It needs another 24 months to fully subsume the oak, but there is good potential. Tasted September 2017.

Score: 91

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2030 31 October 2017

Effusive cherry and blackberry fruit is shaded by equally stylish oak spice in this flashy, polished red. Silky yet structured, open yet holding plenty in reserve, this finds equilibrium on the long, fruit- and spice-inflected aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2035.

Score: 94

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2019-2035 31 May 2017

Bright dark red. Pure but subdued aromas of black cherry and herbs; darker in its fruit character than the foregoing wines. Saline and reserved in the mouth, conveying very good texture but rather tightly wound in the early going, with its black cherry, mineral and mint flavors complicated by an herbal element and currently dominated by a strong spine of acidity and tannins. Not dry or hard but backward and austere. Lay this one down.

Score: 92

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com Maturity: 2025-2035 01 March 2017

Subtle floral notes combine with ripe, earthy and brooding dark berry fruit aromas that are trimmed in just enough wood to notice. There is excellent density to the imposingly powerful and again tautly muscular big-bodied flavors that brim with tannin-buffering dry extract, all wrapped in a velvety, firm and austere finale. This moderately rustic and notably rich effort is clearly going to need a long snooze in a cool cellar so patience required.

Score: 91 - 94

Allen Meadows, Burghound Maturity: 2029+ 15 January 2016