Dourthe 2014 Vintage Review
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After having released their barrel-tasting notes for the 2014 vintage, following the “en primeur” week in April 2015, some journalists came back to Bordeaux two years later, reviewing the 2014 vintage, now bottled.

The different grades attributed to the different Dourthe estates underline the constant quality of work provided for each of our wines.

We are thrilled to share their comments

Château Belgrave – AOC Haut-Médoc – Grand Cru Classé 1855

Vinous Media, Antonio Galloni : 91/100

“The 2014 Belgrave is laced with the essence of gravel, black cherry, smoke, cured meats and incense. Dark, powerful and brooding, the 2014 possesses serious depth, intensity and personality…”

Wine Enthusiast, Roger Voss : 92/100

“…This wine is impressive, ripe and ready to age well. The wood ageing still shows slightly but is already compensated for by the ripe black-currant fruits from the 66% Cabernet sauvignon and the generous texture…”

Jamessuckling.com, James Suckling : 92/100

“Black fruit but also some chocolate and spices on the nose. This is quite a rich and fleshy wine that’s built on a bigger scale than most of the wines of this appellation. The finish is simultaneously rich and dry.”

Château Le Boscq – AOC Saint-Estèphe – Cru Bourgeois

Vinous Media, Antonio Galloni : 90/100

“The 2014 Le Boscq is a sleeper for the vintage and shows just how well Saint-Estèphe did in 2014. Succulent dark cherry, plum, smoke, gravel and cured meat notes all meld together in a deep, pliant wine endowed with notable depth and intensity. This is a fabulous Cru Bourgeois from the Dourthe family of estates.”

Wine Enthusiast, Roger Voss : 93/100

“This estate, dating back to the 18th century and close to the Gironde estuary, has produced a rich wine. Young tannins and fine fruity acidity are both present in a wine that is serious and dense. Its weight, ripeness and the potential of the black-currant fruit will all allow it to age…”

Jamessuckling.com, James Suckling : 91 /100

This is a very generous and attractive wine with really ripe cassis, a generous body and then quite a serious, moderately tannic finish.

Château La Garde – AOC Pessac Leognan Rouge

Wine Enthusiast, Roger Voss : 91/100

“This is a fine wood-aged blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot and Petit Verdot. It is darkly coloured, dense and with great ripe tannins (…)this estate occupies a fine, gravel outcrop in the Pessac-Léognan region, just south of Bordeaux…”

Jamessuckling.com, James Suckling : 91/100

Warm, mellow and a little balsamic, but there’s a lot of richness and some serious tannins in here. The finish packs quite a punch. Tangy and spicy. Love it now, but this will age beautifully.

Château La Garde – AOC Pessac Leognan Blanc

Wine Enthusiast, Roger Voss : 92/100

“This wine, which is dominated by Sauvignon Blanc, is from a small plot in the vineyard of La Garde. It is wood aged giving spice as well as ripe, smooth fruit. There is a young herbal edge that will certainly soften as it ages. This is an aromatic crisp wine…”

Jamessuckling.com, James Suckling : 91-92 /100

“Fresh and tangy with lots of minerals and dried lemon peel. Full-bodied, direct and racy. Shows excellent potential.”

Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac – AOC Saint-Emilion – Grand Cru

Vinous Media, Antonio Galloni : 90/100

“Rose petal, iron, tobacco, red-fleshed fruit and mint give the 2014 Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac its distinctive personality. The wine is aromatic and lifted, but also quite savoury in its expression. This is a decidedly exotic style of Saint-Émilion in which the fruit is pushed into the background. The 2014 is pretty, but it is also a bit unusual in its savoury, feral expression of Saint-Émilion.”

Wine Enthusiast, Roger Voss : 92/100

“Claiming, with some pride, to have the longest chateau name in Bordeaux, this estate on the plateau of Saint-Emilion, close to Château Figeac, has given a 2014 that is dense, juicy and with great fruit. The tannins and the fruit are balanced with the blackberry flavours supported by the dry core.”

Jamessuckling.com, James Suckling : 91/100

“Very perfumed with strawberry and cherry aromas that follow through to a medium body, a dense center palate and a flavourful finish. Tight and pretty.”

Château Rahoul – AOC Graves Rouge

Jamessuckling.com, James Suckling : 90/100

“Aromas of plums and meat follow through to a medium body, soft and silky tannins and a medium finish.”

Château Rahoul – AOC Graves Blanc

Wine Enthusiast, Roger Voss : 90/100

The ripe 65% of Sémillon is secret behind this rich wine. While at the young stage it has herbal character that is going to fill out impressively to give a creamy wine with a touch of vanilla and crisp, juicy acidity.”

Grand Vin du Château de Ricaud – AOC Cadillac-Côtes de Bordeaux

Vinous Media, Antonio Galloni : 89/100

The 2014 De Ricaud is a voluptuous wine with striking depth and intensity. Raspberry jam, mocha, wild flowers and mint all add to its racy, overt personality. Drink it over the next few years.

Jamessuckling.com, James Suckling : 90 /100

“A fragrant Cadillac with blackberries, dried flowers and cedar undertones. Plenty of dark-fruit flavours with moderate tannins and an overall round, pleasant constitution…