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Antonio Gallani - Vinous

2014 Bordeaux Wine Futures

All the major chateaux have released their prices for the 2014s. Here is the Creme of the Crop from the excellent 2014 vintage !

"Tasted from barrel, the 2014s present exquisite aromatics, super-finessed, silky tannins and finely sculpted fruit, all signatures of a late-ripening year. It is vintage of superb freshness. The best 2014s are incredibly persistent, with shapes and textures that are all about length and less about sheer volume. The 2014s can be grouped into three basic categories. Many wines that are usually quite structured and powerful are remarkably restrained in 2014, including Latour, Pavie, Valandraud and Montrose, to name just a few. A second set of wines that are often built on finesse are exceptionally beautiful in 2014. Specifically, I am thinking about Vieux Château Certan, Clos Fourtet and Pontet-Canet, all of which are exquisite and present Burgundian-inflected shades of nuance. The last group is perhaps the most intriguing, as there are a number of 2014s that are unctuous, with a real sensation of glycerin and overall textural richness, a quality Calon-Ségur, Ormes de Pez and Ducru Beaucaillou all have in common. For these wines and others like Haut-Brion, which is perhaps more classically austere than the three wines mentioned above, alcohol levels are on the higher side of things, yet the wines retain exceptional balance. One of the most intriguing aspects of the 2014s is that the tannins are so well integrated. At many properties, the tannin readings are in line with 2010, but the wines don’t taste that way at all because the fruit is so sweet and textured that the tannins are nearly buried.

Two thousand fourteen, on the other hand, is a fabulous vintage for consumers who actually buy wines to drink them because there is not going to be a lot of hype. In that sense, 2014 is an ideal vintage for the consumer, and also for the trade, which, starting with the châteaux, has now been presented with the perfect vintage with which to regain the trust and appreciation of long-time customers who come from a period of massive disillusionment caused by the last few en primeur campaigns. Lastly, for US buyers, the stronger dollar should make many wines much more appealing than they have been in years, assuming release prices are held in check."
Antonio Galloni from Vinous - April 2015

All prices are per 750ml bottle – no further discounts available. Wines will begin arriving in late 2016.

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