The 2014 vintage in Bordeaux offers wines with a fairly classic profile, with wines that appears to be very good after being bottle-aged for few years (compared to the primeurs tasting). Medoc red wines are slightly advantaged by a quite ripe Cabernet Sauvignon that has been harvested in very good conditions. If the Merlots seem less complex, they offer a more accessible and round profile. It is the case of the 2014 Saint Emilion wines for instance, which may include a bigger proportion of Cabernet Franc than usual, in order to bring more complexity and ageing potential. The Grands Crus Classes of Pauillac and Saint Julien are very good, as well as those of Saint Estephe (only the Margaux designation seems a little bit under). The Graves including Pessac Leognan wines are very successful in both red and white wine. In Sauternes, 2014 is a good vintage with some magnificent wines not to be missed. In Burgundy, the Burgundy red wines are of a good overall level and the best 1er Crus and Grands Crus of the Cote de Nuits stand out as usual. However, we can legitimately state that the quality level of the 2014 Burgundy white wines is still higher and deserves the attention of wine lovers. The 2014 Meursault and 2014 Puligny Montrachet are superb. In the Rhone Valley, despite the sometimes capricious weather, the 2014 Cote Rotie, 2014 Hermitage and 2014 Cornas stand out and dominated the rest of the production of the Northern Rhone. In the Southern Rhone, the rain periods of September have led to a complex situation, and the 2014 vintage may show the signs of a weaker maturity and a certain lack of complexity. The 2014 Rhone white wines are generally more regular. In Alsace, the 2014 vintage produced small crops. The 2014 Alsace Rieslings are however of a great level. In Loire wines, the 2014 vintage is very good and of a consistent level. The 2014 Loire reds are excellent almost everywhere, and the 2014 Loire whites from Montlouis, Vouvray and Sancerre are magnificent. Only the sweet whites could be a bit weaker. The 2014 vintage is of high quality in Languedoc Roussillon (South of France) and for Corsican red wines as well.
If you want to buy a bottle of 2014 wine, we advise you to turn to Bordeaux for red Medoc wines: 2014 Cos d Estournel, 2014 Ducru Beaucaillou, 2014 Montrose, 2014 Lafite Rothschild, 2014 Latour, 2014 Leoville Las Cases, 2014 Mouton Rothschild, 2014 Pichon Longueville Baron, 2014 Pontet Canet, 2014 Chateau Margaux, 2014 Rauzan Segla. On the Right Bank: 2014 Ausone, 2014 Cheval Blanc, 2014 Tertre Roteboeuf, 2014 Figeac, 2014 Evangile, 2014 Lafleur, 2014 Petrus, 2014 Eglise Clinet, 2014 Trotanoy. With regard to the white wines of Pessac Leognan: 2014 Domaine de Chevalier and 2014 Mission Haut Brion are particularly successful. In Sauternes, 2014 Coutet, 2014 De Fargues and 2014 Yquem are undoubtedly the winning trio of the year. For red Burgundy, you should check the 2014 Morey Saint Denis wines, including the famous 2014 Clos des Lambrays, the 2014 Nuits Saint Georges or even the 2014 Gevrey Chambertin. In white Burgundy, a 2014 Meursault or an excellent 2014 Chassagne Montrachet from Ramonet or Michel Niellon will be wonderful. In the Rhone Valley, a 2014 Cornas VV from Alain Voge, a 2014 Cote Rotie from Jamet, or a 2014 Clos des Papes in Chateauneuf du Pape. Finally for the Loire valley, a 2014 Chinon or a 2014 white Sancerre from Cotat or Vacheron estates should be wonderful.
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