2014 Bordeaux Vintage Release
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Arguably the best vintage since 2010, 2014 has produced some lovely wines. There is a lot of quality and a real elegance in the classic red Bordeaux. The Clarets of 2014 are more typical Claret than they have been in recent vintages.
A recurring list of descriptors used for the red wines of 2014 are pretty, rich, elegant, soft, approachable and beautifully balanced with fresh fruit, cooling acidity and wonderful silky tannins. For the whites the fruit is very ripe, and acidity is highly effective in some cases, so the wines can be considered to be plump, generous, exotic and full of fruit. Some wines even have fresh, semi-tropical aromas, with lush stone-fruit and viscosity. The natural acidity offers a real crispness and tension. The best wines tended to be harvested later, allowing for ripeness and an opportunity to develop this precision and minerality which defines the most excellent of wines. The 2014 Sauternes have benefited from the searing acidity and many of the wines are very good indeed, extremely tasty, fresh and concentrated.
Overall, Bordeaux form the 2014 vintage are light - to medium-bodied, with bright, refreshing acidity and ripe fruit. As with the 2004, ’06 and ’08, the 2014s will drink earlier and, in some cases, give great pleasure. 2014 is one of the rare vintages where there is excellent quality found in all three ranges…red, white and sweet. This is not a vintage to be overlooked!
What is Bordeaux?
Bordeaux is a specific region within France and is often considered the capital of the wine region. It arguably has the finest red wines and the finest sweet white wines in the world. The region is naturally divided by the Gironde River. The left bank includes the Medoc region and the subregions of St-Estephe, Paulliac, St-Julien, and Margaux while the right bank area includes the subregions of Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Bourg, and Blaye. Additional wine regions include the area of Graves which is south east of the Médoc (left bank) and includes the sub regions of Pessac-Leognan, Sauternes and Barsac. Across from the Graves, on the right bank, is the Entre-Deux-Mers area between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. All of these regions have their own appellation and laws which dictate the composition of the vineyards, time of harvest and appropriate yields as well as various winemaking techniques.
The soils on the left bank are made up of gravel, pebbles, and sand. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant grape responsible for the structure, tannins, fruit and ageing potential of the wines. Cabernet Franc is a secondary grape which gives elegance and finesse to the blends and smaller quantities of Merlot are used to bring roundness, soft fruits and body to the wine. The soils on the right bank are composed of more clay and limestone; Merlot is the dominant grape and Cabernet Sauvignon would be a secondary grape if blended.
What are Bordeaux Futures?
A Bordeaux Futures program is a great way to buy top-quality Bordeaux wines before they are released in the retail market. There is such worldwide demand for key wines from Bordeaux that producers sell a portion of their wine as Futures. This means that these wines are sold 12 to 18 months before bottling, while the wines are still ageing in barrels.
Bordeaux Futures offer significant savings; most of the wines are later retailed at substantially higher prices. Futures offerings include everything from up-and-coming chateaux to illustrious producers such as Margaux, Haut Brion, Lafite Rothschild and Mouton Rothschild.
Many of these wines are produced in very small quantities and are often only available as Futures. Given the growing demand for top-quality Bordeaux wines, especially in Eastern Europe, South Asia and East Asia, buying Futures is the best way to secure these wines.
The 2016 Bordeaux Futures sale will close on September 4th, 2017. Orders will not be accepted after this date.