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    Lamb Stew with Root Vegetables

Vintage 2014

A Snap-shot of the 2014 Vintage by Markus Del Monego MW

2014 had an early start with budbreak around 10 days ahead of the 10 years average. End of May flowering started on the early terroirs in heterogeneous conditions, whereas the later varieties such as Cabernet-Sauvignon and Franc as well as later terroirs took advantage of a warm and sunny period beginning of June. July and August where quite cool and humid and in the second half of August the vintners prepared themselves for a vintage even worse than 2013 but at the end of August everything changed. A spledid indian summer througout September and October saved the quality. Harvest started for the white grapes started three days later than in 2012 but two weeks later than 2011. For the red grapes the harvest startet with Merlot at the end of September and ended with the Cabernets in the second half of October. The cool climate during summer provides a higher acidity, the indian summer is responsible for the right ripening.

The dry white wines are on a very good quality level showing crisp acidity and ripe flavours. The noble sweet white wines also take advantage of the higher acidity balancing the opulent sweetness. Therefore this vintage seems more on the elegant side. The presentation of red wines depends very much on the grape varietes and terroirs. Overall the red wines are on a higher quality level than the three previous vintages. Saint-Emilion is excellent on the plateau calcaire and shows in general very good wines.

 In Pomerol the centre of the plateau was in advantage over the surrounding areas. Fronsac was a very positive surprise for 2014. In the Médoc the southern part proved to be more heterogenous than the northern part, where especially Saint-Estèphe was homogenous and excellent. South of Bordeaux Pessac-Léognan presented a very homogenous picture of a very good quality level with outstanding wines from Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion.

One last observation: This vintage digests oak in a great way. The oak is even not obvious in wines with a 100% new oak barrels for maturation. Now there are roughtly twelve month to follow for the maturation of the 2014s untill the bottling in 2016. A lot can happen in this period. Let us see how the wines will present themselves after bottling, it will be a very interesting tasting again. 2014 is not a great vintage like 2005, 2009 or 2010 but it will be able to secure a position as one of the very good vintages of Bordeaux.

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Tasted in March 2015. Aromatic nose of black fruit, stylish, splendidly structured, silky fruit and tannin, splendid depth and length.

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Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black centre. Rich character with opulent fruit, dark berries and plums. Distinct toasted flavours reminiscent of coffee and cocoa in the background. Hints of violets. On the palate well structured and balanced with fine acidity, elegant tannins and good length.
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Origin

Pomerol, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

No Potential

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Le Gay 2014  ( Le Gay )

Tasted in March 2015. Aromatic nose of black fruit, stylish, splendidly structured, silky fruit and tannin, splendid depth and length.

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 Markus Del Monego / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Le Gay 2014  ( Le Gay )

"Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black centre. Rich character with opulent fruit, dark berries and plums. Distinct toasted flavours reminiscent of coffee and cocoa in the background. Hints of violets. On the palate well structured and balanced with fine acidity, elegant tannins and good length."

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