Cru Bourgeois tasting
What most struck me about these 2014s was the consistency of quality, with plenty of fruit and substance after the light, thin wines of 2012 and 2013.
But not all wines are created equal, so here are my notes from the wines that I tasted; organisers Phillips-Hill helpfully suggested a few wines to try - a mixture of newly-accepted chateaux and general "good uns".
My top wine of the tasting was from Margaux, the Haut Breton Larigaudiere (£28.50, Private Cellar).
Begadan earthy, spicy, animal; fresh, precise and firm with berry fruit and pepperiness. Good.
La France Delhomme inky and substantial with dark fruit and mint. Good.
La Grave more closed up and grippy, but supple and long with fresh berry fruit and pepperiness.
Balac soft, supple with cool mint and dark fruit. Fresh and firm.
Bonneau soft, supple and harmonious, gently assertive and fresh; drinking very nicely now. Good.
Charmail (£20, TWS, F&M, BBR) fresh, inky, dark berry fruit; harmonious and supple with cool mint.
De Gironville earthy and animal with fresh, blackcurranty spicy dark fruit; harmonious and supple.
Du Taillan plumper, fuller and more confidently assertive. Dark berries, cool mint and spice. Long and substantial. Very Good.
Vieux Moulin soft, minty, fresh and grippy
Anthonic supple, plump and harmonious. More closed-up.
Deyrem Valentin pencil shavings, supple and harmonious, plump balanced and fresh. Very Good.
La Fortune cool mint, inky pencil shavings and berry fruit with spice and freshness; supple, harmonious, balanced and long. Very Good.
Haut Breton Larigaudiere (£28.50, Private Cellar) spicy, earthy, animal with dark fruit and plump harmonious. Lovely tannins and very adept. Very Good.
All these wines were closed up but with a dense core and correspondingly difficult to assess; at least a Good right now with the potential for Very Good to Very Good Indeed with age.
La Fleur Peyrabon lovely texture, but closed-up with a dense core.
Fontbadet closed-up with cool mint and dark fruit.
Plantey spice, dark fruit and cool mint
Le Boscq pepperines and fruit, with cool mint; plump and supple, long and harmonious. Good.
Lafitte-Carcasset (£20-30, F&R) fruit, spice and animal; fresh and supple; harmonious, precise and focused. Good.
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