Coining a vintage ‘classic’ or ‘one that will appeal to
British palates’ can be laced with euphemism. But with the 2014s, it never has
it been so true. We loved the style of these wines when we tasted from barrel
and now that they are in bottle, they are looking more ravishing than ever.
Tasting a star-studded line-up of 2014s at BAFTA on Tuesday evening, more than
confirmed that these wines press all the right buttons.
were delighted to be joined by representatives from Château Lafleur, Château La
Fleur-Petrus, Château Belair-Monanage, Château L’Eglise-Clinet, Vieux
Château-Certan, L’If, Château Canon, Château Rauzan-Segla, Château
Pichon-Lalande, Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Château Haut Batailley and Château
Calon-Segur. With such a list of celebrity wine-makers and revered Châteaux it
would be unfair and improper
to hand out gongs – each wine from the humble Grand Village to the momentous
Jacques Thienpont of Le Pin serves guests at Justerinis' Bordeaux tasting.
So what makes these wines so alluring? The simple answer is
balance. There’s nothing excessive, nothing out of place. The wines we tasted
possess poise, purity, freshness, tension and just enough plushness to give
them a sense of sensuality and flamboyance without losing any finesse.
Guests eager to sample Guillaume Thienpont's bottles of Vieux Chateau Certan.
is one of classicism, perhaps a little like the delightful 2008s, though there is better definition and certainly
more flesh on the bones; the flavour
profiles and purity of fruit appeal enormously
to our palates. Unfortunately the cat it would seem is now out of the bag. Our
enthusiasm for this vintage has been corroborated by two heavyweight US
critics: Antonio Galloni and James Suckling… So this is now a ‘British vintage’
with a global appeal.