2014 Bordeaux En Primeur

2014 was somewhat of a marathon vintage: after a wet and relatively warm May, June was gloriously sunny which allowed for good fruit set, and optimism for the vintage was high. The remainder of the summer was relatively cool and damp, however September was both the third driest and third hottest of the last 100 years. This weather continued through to the end of October, allowing for a long and full maturation period for the bunches which were harvested under ideal climatic conditions.

In the most general terms, 2014 is a Left Bank vintage that favours Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The Indian summer perhaps arrived too late for Merlot, but the later-ripening Cabernets were able to benefit. It doesn't reach the heights of great vintages such as 2000, 2005, 2009 or 2010; the splendid Autumnal weather could not compensate entirely for the deficiencies of Summer. 2014 appears to be the best of the vintages that don’t quite reach greatness. It's the best vintage since 2010, but the wines lack the structure and ‘completeness’ of that year. There are echoes of 1996 in the Cabernets of the Medoc and we felt that the wines show similarities to 2006 and 2008, albeit in a riper style.

Overall the wines from this vintage display pretty floral aromas, good acidity, freshness and elegance, with polished tannins. These are certainly wines which will be approachable young, but will also have potential for aging. Read more about the 2014 vintage »

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