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.