This Saturday we will be continuing our tasting series of the excellent 2014 vintage in Bordeaux. Our fourth shipment moves north up the “Left Bank” of the Gironde Estuary to the renowned appellation of Margaux and its neighbor Moulis-en-Médoc. These are the classic Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends that put Bordeaux on the map centuries ago, from classified “Second-Growth” wines to an everyday Haut-Médoc situated near the appellation of Margaux.
Because of the warm autumn in the 2014 vintage there have been claims to declare it a “Left Bank” year, thanks to the later ripening qualities of Cabernet Sauvignon versus the earlier ripening Merlot. Taste for yourself, we’ll have an assortment of these wines open this Saturday. All prices are 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.
$17 Château Sénéjac SOLD OUT
Located near the vineyards of Margaux, Sénéjac’s modern-era reputation for quality continued when it was bought by Lorraine Cordier, whose family also owned the famous Saint-Julien property, Château Talbot. (90)
~$38 Château Chasse-Spleen
One of nine “Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnels” as classified in 2003, and one of the top two producers in the Moulis-en-Médoc appellation (alongside Château Poujeaux). (91)
~$30 Château Siran SOLD OUT
One of nine “Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnels” as classified in 2003. Château Siran has been the property of the Miailhe family since 1858. In 2007, fifth generation Edouard Miailhe took over the management of this estate that recently completed a thorough renovation and modernization of their cellars. (91)
~$33 Château Labégorce
Château Labégorce was bought by Hubert Perrodo in 1989. In 2009 the vineyards from Château Labégorce Zédé were incorporated into Labégorce. Today Hubert’s daughter Nathalie Perrodo manages the estate. (93)
~$41 Château Ferrière
Classified Third-Growth owned and managed by the same family that owns Château Gruaud-Larose, Château Chasse-Spleen, and Château Haut Bages Liberal. (89)
~$48 Château Prieuré-Lichine
Classified Fourth-Growth purchased in 1951 by the great Bordeaux visionary Alexis Lichine. The estate has seen a recent renovation and modernization of their cellars and wine making facilities, giving them the ability to vinify their wine on a true parcel by parcel basis. (89)
~$46 Château Kirwan
Since 1925 this classified Third-Growth property has been owned by the négociant firm, Schröder and Schÿler, yet managed as a family estate by the late Jean Henri Schÿler and now his three children. (91)
~$50 Château Cantenac-Brown
Cantenac-Brown is a classified Third-Growth estate that has blossomed under the direction of winemaker José Sanfins. (92)
~$59 Château Malescot St. Exupéry SOLD OUT
Classified Third-Growth purchased by the Zuger family in 1955 who subsequently replanted nearly all of the vineyards. Today, it is Jean-Luc Zuger who owns and manages this meticulously maintained and quality driven estate. (92)
~$63 Château Brane-Cantenac
This classified Second-Growth estate has been owned and managed by the Lurton family since 1950. Under the direction of the current owner, Henri Lurton, large portions of the vineyard were replanted, vine densities increased, and drainage systems improved. (92)
~$73 Alter Ego de Palmer (second label of Château Palmer) (90-92) SOLD OUT
$289 Château Palmer (94)
Although classified as a Third-Growth estate, Château Palmer is recognized as one of the top wines not only in Bordeaux but in all the world.
$289 Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux SOLD OUT
Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux is a 100% Sauvignon Blanc dry white wine produced in small quantities from Château Margaux, one of the five “First-Growth” estates in Bordeaux. (93)