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
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.