This Saturday we will be continuing our tasting series of the excellent 2014 vintage in Bordeaux. Our third shipment takes us across the Gironde Estuary to the “Left Bank” of Bordeaux, home to all of the official 1855 classed-growth wines.
While this tasting will mainly focus on the Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends of Pessac-Léognan, we will also be featuring a classic dry white Bordeaux blend of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc priced for every day drinking, and the world famous dessert wines from Sauternes.
We’ll have an assortment of wines open to taste this Saturday. All bottle prices are deeply discounted and based on the purchase of six or more bottles.
Although Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate ratings don’t factor into how we select the wines we carry, we do understand that many drinkers find them useful. You’ll see the ratings for the 2014 vintage of each wine following the text.
~$18 Clos des Lunes “Lune d’Argent” (Bordeaux)
Founded by Olivier Bernard, the owner of Domaine de Chevalier and Château Guiraud. Olivier’s son, Hugo Bernard, is currently managing Clos des Lunes. (90)
~$25 Clos Floridène (Graves)
Until very recently, the estate was managed by Denis Dubourdieu, Professor of Enology at Bordeaux University and one of the greatest exponents of White Bordeaux. (89-91)
~$19 Château Bastor Lamontagne (Sauternes) 375ml
Recently purchased by the Cathiard family, who also own Château Smith Haut Lafitte in Pessac-Léognan and Château Beauregard in Pomerol. (90-92)
~$30 Château Guiraud (Sauternes Premier Cru Classé) 375ml
Owned by a dream team of respected Bordeaux producers including Olivier Bernard of Domaine de Chevalier and Stephan Von Neipperg of Château Canon-la-Gaffelière and La Mondotte. (93-95)
~$40 Château Rieussec (Sauternes Premier Cru Classé) 375ml
Extending across the commune of Sauternes, with both Château d’Yquem and Château de Fargues as neighbors. Château Rieussec is clearly endowed with great terroir. (95-97)
~$40 Château Suduiraut (Sauternes Premier Cru Classé) 375ml
Owned and operated by a group with several other Bordeaux wine properties including the renowned Château Pichon Baron in Pauillac and Château Petit-Village in
~$43 Château Climens (Barsac Premier Cru Classé) 375ml
One of the most popular producers of Sauternes wines. Owned by Lucien Lurton of Château Brane-Cantenac and managed by his daughter Bérénice Lurton. (94-96)
~$25 Château Brown
Led by the well-established Bordeaux family of Mau since 2004. From the start the family have focused their efforts on improving the wine produced by Chateau Brown with the help of famed wine consultant, Stéphane Derenoncourt. (91)
~$27 Château Haut-Bergey (Grand Cru Classé)
Purchased in 1991 by Sylviane Garcin-Cathiard, sister to Daniel Cathiard, the owner of Smith Haut Lafitte. The family-managed estate and all of its wine making facilities were renovated and modernized in 2001. (89-91)
~$36 Château Latour-Martillac (Grand Cru Classé)
For most of the last Century until today Château Latour-Martillac has been run by generations of the Kressman family. (91)
~$37 Château de Fieuzal (Grand Cru Classé)
Purchased by Lochlann Quinn in 2001, Château de Fieuzal underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in 2012. The wine making facilities have been completely modernized to allow for parcel by parcel vinification. (90+)
~$49 Château Malartic-Lagravière (Grand Cru Classé)
Purchased by the Bonnie family in 1997 and completely modernized in 1998, Château Malartic-Lagravière uses sustainable cultivation techniques and was one of the first major estates in the region to use gravity to move the wine in the cellars. (92)
~$62 Domaine de Chevalier (Grand Cru Classé) (93)
~$110 Domaine de Chevalier (Grand Cru Classé) White (95)
One of the few Graves estates to produce both world class red and white wines. Owned and operated by the Bernard family, originally from Cognac, with Stéphane Derenoncourt, of La Mondotte fame, as consultant winemaker.
$102 Château Smith Haut Lafitte (Grand Cru Classé)
Since purchasing Smith Haut Lafitte in 1990, owners Daniel and Florence Cathiard have modernized and implemented techniques to bring the estate into the top tier of all Bordeaux. (93)
~$110 Château Haut-Bailly (Grand Cru Classé)
The modern era for Château Haut-Bailly began in 2000 when the cellars were completely renovated and modernized. The estate is managed by Veronique Sanders, the fourth generation of her family associated with Haut-Bailly. (94)
~$110 Château Pape Clément (Grand Cru Classé)
Owned and operated by the same family for the past eight decades. Today it is French wine magnate Bernard Magrez at the helm, continuing Pape Clément’s reputation for excellence. (94)
~$66 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion (Second Wine) (88)
$289 Château la Mission Haut-Brion (Grand Cru Classé) (95)
Owned and managed by the same group that owns Château Haut-Brion. La Mission Haut-Brion is widely considered the greatest estate in Graves behind Château Haut-Brion.
$136 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion (Second Wine) (91)
$544 Château Haut-Brion (Premier Grand Cru Classé/First Growth) (96)
Out of all the great wines from the Classification of 1855, Château Haut-Brion is the only one from outside the Médoc region. This estate represents wines that are the pinnacle of Bordeaux, and the world.