91 Points – Neal Martin
The 2014 Gloria has a ripe and voluminous bouquet with plenty of blackberry, raspberry, pencil box and cedar aromas all well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite focused and poised with very well integrated new oak. There is plenty of freshness here, a 2014 Saint Julien full of energy with a persistent graphite finish that is very satisfying. Like its sibling, the Saint-Pierre, there is great potential here. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting.
93 Points - James Suckling
I love the aromas of blackberries and chocolate with flowers. Full body, soft and velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Gorgeous red. Drink or hold.
91 Points - Antonio Galloni
The 2014 Montlandrie is gorgeous. Dark, sensual and inviting, it offers up a compelling mélange of dark red cherry, sage, tobacco, menthol and licorice. Pliant and expressive, this is a terrific choice for drinking now and over the next few years.
95 Points - Neal Martin
The 2014 L’Eglise-Clinet has a gentle, understated bouquet at first that takes time to open, eventually offering black fruit, melted tar, truffle and bay leaf aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, rather masculine and thickset at the moment, lightly spiced towards the finish. Much like the Vieux-Château-Certan, this is a little awkward in a blind setting however, it clearly meliorates in the glass and I keep on having to up my score. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting.
The 2014 La Petite Eglise, pure Merlot picked on 3 October, is always a little gem and probably deserves more respect from cognoscenti. It has a gorgeously pure bouquet with ebullient red berry fruit, perhaps showing now more blue fruit, since I last tasted it. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe tannin, pure red cherry and strawberry coulis intermingled with cold stone and a touch of blood orange. There is wonderful precision on the finish. This is just superb and doubtless great value
90-91 Points - James Suckling “A juicy red with blackberry, licorice and leather character. Full and balanced. Wonderful depth.”
91 Points - Tim Atkin MW “Varietal Merlot sourced from clay and gravel soils, this is one of the best value Saint Emilions, made by Denis Durantou. It's got plenty of stuffing and concentration for an inexpensive wine, with aromatic, toasty oak, some orange zest and bright acidity”.
91 Points - Antonio Galloni
The 2014 Montlabert is racy and sumptuous in the glass. Sweet rose petal and spice notes add aromatic lift and overall presence. The more fragrant, delicate side of Saint-Émilion comes through nicely. Given the wine's midweight structure, I would prefer to drink the 2014 sooner rather than later. There is good depth, but I find the 2014 less explosive and energetic than it was from barrel. The blend is 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc from sandy/gravelly soils on a bed of clay. Hubert de Boüard is the consulting winemaker. Tasted two times.
92 Points - Neal Martin
The 2014 Les Cruzelles has a simple bouquet, tertiary in style, woodland scents intermixed and perhaps dominating the fruit underneath. The palate is medium-bodied with dry tannin, chewy in the mouth at first although it musters more detail towards the lightly spiced, quite saline finish. Like other Pomerol wines it just needs another three or four years in the glass. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting.
Château Pontet Canet’s second wine, which is made in tiny quantities because much of the fruit is good enough to make Pontet Canet itself...
The Doisy-Daëne Blanc Sec 2014 has a pleasant, refined bouquet with scents of green apple intermingling with lime and granitic scents. The palate is taut and fresh with a sharpline of acidity and a penetrating malic finish that leaves the palate feeling totally refreshed and asking for more. Very fine.