Country: France Region: Bordeaux, Saint Estephe
Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage: 2014 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Chateau Haut-Beausejour
In 1992, Jean-Claude Rouzaud, then-Chairman of the Board of Champagne Louis Roederer, acquired and combined two Cru Bourgeois vineyards in the heart of the Médoc’s prestigious Saint-Estèphe appellation: Château Picard and Château Beauséjour. Together, these properties make up what is now called Château Haut-Beauséjour. The wines are powerful, voluptuous, rich and well-balanced.
The month of June saw ideal conditions for ripening although July and August were much more dreary. September, on the other hand, brought a glorious and endless Indian Summer. These weather conditions, much appreciated in Bordeaux, laid the foundations for this classic and highly promising vintage. The harvesting lasted five long weeks as each parcel was harvested at optimum ripeness.
This vintage gave powerful, generous and very expressive merlots, distinctive and elegant cabernet sauvignons and exceptionally complex cabernet francs and petit verdots.
March 2017, James Molesworth
“A ripe style, with enticing raspberry and black currant confiture notes studded with singed spice and black tea details. A good tobacco underpinning keeps this honest, though the relatively fleshy edge will give this more immediate appeal. Best from 2018 through 2024.”
February 13, 2017, James Suckling
“Quite a sweet and supple wine for this appellation with fairly subdued, even juicy tannins, which do (suddenly) appear and give the finish plenty of grip and some bite. Drink or hold.”
February 1, 2017, Antonio Galloni
“The 2014 Haut-Beauséjour is delicious and expressive... Fine-grained tannins add to an impression of restraint while giving the wine lovely persistence. Graphite, gravel, herb and dark fruit notes add nuance throughout.”