The reds are aromatic with elegance and balance on the palate, and the best possess an extraordinary concentration of pure, ripe fruit, an abundance of fine, ripe tannins, depth and density of flavour, all lifted by fresh acidity.
Best wines: Montrose, Calon Segur, Cos d'Estournel
Best value wines: La Dame de Montrose, Tronquoy-Lalande (from the Montrose stable), Les Ormes de Pez, Capbern (from the Calon Segur stable, formerly Capbern-Gasqueton)
Best wines: Latour, Lafite, Pichon Baron, Lynch Bages, Grand Puy Lacoste, Pontet Canet
Best value: Batailley, Haut Batailley
Best wine: Leoville Las Cases (we didn't get chance to taste Ducru Beaucaillou)
Best value: Moulin Riche (from the Leoville Poyferre stable)
Best wines: Palmer, Rauzan Segla (we didn't get chance to taste Margaux)
Best value: Labegorce
Best wines and best value: Cantemerle, Chasse Spleen, Potensac (from the Leoville Las Cases stable)
Best wines: La Mission Haut Brion Blanc, Haut Brion Blanc
Best value: Le Pape (from the Haut Bailly stable)
Best wines: Cheval Blanc, Figeac
Best value: Petit Cheval
We didn't taste many of the top wines in Pomerol and those we did taste didn't compare with the quality of the wines listed above.
Each year there is always too much focus on whether Bordeaux has produced another great vintage, 2014 is far too uneven to be described as great, what we have is a good vintage with some exceptional wines. What I hope 2014 will offer (if the chateaux price the wines correctly) is the opportunity to buy some seriously good wines at a fraction of the price of a 2009 or 2010.
To make these wines worth buying en primeur, they need to be priced lower than what you would pay for an equivalent recent vintage - such as 2008. If this is the case then the best wines of 2014 are definitely worth adding to your cellar.
Visit our wine list to view a selection of en primeur, we currently have on offer.
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The cool conditions and late season sun have also produced whites of exceptional quality. There is probably more quality in the Medoc, but also some very fine wines on the right bank, especially from chateaux with large plantings of Cabernet Franc. The style of 2014 is very distinctive and many wines show typical characteristics of their terroir and appellations. Although not a homogenous vintage there are excellent wines at every level, although guidance is required to avoid over-extracted and underripe wines. Many wines will offer attractive early drinking with the best possessing the necessary concentration of fruit, tannin and acidity to age well.
Our tasting group contained knowledgeable and experienced tasters from around the world, and there was a great deal of discussion on the 'team bus' between appointments as to which wines everybody had enjoyed. As you would expect (although not always the case) the top chateaux have produced the best wines, so I have also included wines of a lower classification which really stood out. We didn't have time to taste every wine, and speaking to other tasters there were a number of very good wines which we didn't taste, so the wines below represent the best we tasted from each appellation: