Château Haut-Beausejour Saint-Estephe 2014
Tobacco and cold cinders on the nose. Long, rich palate with notes of morello cherry and blackcurrant.
Matured in oak casks from Central France for 12 months; 30% in new oak.
Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot
VinousThe 2014 Haut-Beauséjour is delicious and expressive, if perhaps a bit less exuberant than it was from barrel. 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. Today, the 2014 comes across as not fully expressive. It is easily the most reticent of the wines in the Rouzaud family's range, which includes de Pez and Pichon Lalande.
James SucklingQuite 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.
Wine SpectatorA 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.
Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Haut Beausejour has a rather conservative bouquet, blackberry and scorched leather, a touch of tobacco that surfaces with time, though it never really fires on all cylinders. The palate is medium-bodied with a curiously Pinot Noir-like entry: pure red cherry and strawberry fruit, light but tensile with fine tannin. It is a very polished Saint Estèphe, perhaps over-polished, although I have to commend the harmony on the finish. Drink over the next 5-7 years.