Bordeaux 2014 - Glittering on the red carpet…

Bordeaux 2014 - Glittering on the red carpet…

Monday 6th March 2017
by Tom Jenkins

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.

We 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 Lafleur shone.

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. 

Their hallmark 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.