Value doesn't get much better than a Durantou
made wine... This guy spends more time with the vines than with
humans... meaning he is not much of a people-person... We all have
faults... but who cares when its great wine we all want to enjoy!
Having been to his Pomerol (L'Eglise-Clinet)
winery twice and meeting and tasting with Denis Durantou, here's a
review I fully agree with...
94 Points - Tim Atkin MW:
"Denis Durantou is rightly excited about the quality of this wine
in 2014 because it's superb (and great value). Chalky, mineral and
fresh, with hints of Asian spices, toasty oak and plump black fruits
underpinned by a sappy, almost saline brightness. Hard to believe
it's only a Castillon."
A steal of a Value, tastes 2-3 times the price.
2014 Chateau Montlandrie, Castillon Cotes De Bordeaux, Denis Durantou,
$30.79 - Good Wine Stores
$27.71 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$24.63 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$277.11 - Pop's Case Price
Next door, Ronan
Labourde is crafting small quantities of world class Pomerol - Chateau
Clinet. Ronan is always fun to visit. A big red carpet from the door all the
way to the street. Red shutters. Red is the Clinet color. He makes 2 new
inexpensive wines "Ronan by Clinet" worth seeking out, but today's thunder
belongs to his stellar 2014 Pomerol - Extremely Limited!!
The 2014 Chateau Clinet Pomerol is a must purchase. This
winery is on a roll!
94+ Points Vinous
"The 2014 Clinet is powerful, deep and enveloping. Black cherry, smoke,
graphite, chocolate and French oak give the wine its intensity and gravitas.
Hints of lavender and violet develop in the glass, adding lovely aromatic
nuance, but the 2014 remains a big, imposing wine in need of cellaring. This
is impressive juice. Tasted two times." (AG) (2/2017)
2014 Chateau Clinet, Pomerol,
$83.90 - Good Wine Stores
$75.51 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$67.12 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$755.10 - Pop's Case Price
Margaux did very well
in 2014. Here's a gem:
96 points - James
"Dark currants and berries with walnuts on the nose. Follows through to a
full body, integrated tannins and a gorgeous finish. Exciting. Wow." (2/2017)
2014 Chateau Malescot-St. Exupery, Margaux,
$57.79 - Good Wine Stores
$52.01 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$46.23 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$520.11 - Pop's Case Price
Favorites... I love Pichon Baron in Pauillac. Finally, they have an
outstanding Red Bordeaux for All of us to enjoy under $40!!! Same
Winemaker, Same Property, Purely a selection process.
Les Griffons de Pichon Baron has a pure, direct
character. The blendís grapes come primarily from gravelly plots of land
near the Gironde estuary, a beneficial environment for Cabernet Sauvignon.
Les Griffons offers a vigorous, fresh tasting experience. It is full-bodied
and bursting with energy. It can be cellared for over 20 years, or enjoyed
92 Points - The Wine Advocate
"The Les Griffons de Pichon Baron 2014 comes from terroir that is close to
the Grand Vin in style, composed of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot
that is aged in 60% new oak. It has a pretty "bud" of a nose: violets and
cassis infused with cedar, nicely defined and actually quite sensual. The
palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin and purity. This is clearly
superior to their alternative second wine, Les Tourelles. This is well worth
seeking out as it should represent good value."
2014 Chateau Les Griffons de Pichon Baron, Pauillac,
$48.75 - Good Wine Stores
$43.87 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$39.00 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$438.75 - Pop's Case Price
In the early 1800's
Chateau Haut Bailly was selling for more than Chateau Lafite Rothschild. A
There is nothing like visiting an old Chateau and
learning the details of the vineyard. On my most recent visit, Estate
Manager Veronique Sanders gave us a tour of the vineyards. Since they were
planted so long ago, all the varietals are planted next to each other in
each row. A Cabernet vine, next to a Merlot vine, next to a Carmenere
vine... you get the idea... Up until 1998, they would decide when the grapes
were ripe and pick the whole vineyard all at once. After 1998, they decided
to identify each vine and put a colored ribbon on it... All the Cabernet
vines got red, all the Merlot got Orange, all the carnerere got green... and
so on for the other grapes. Harvest each grape by type and ripeness. MUCH
More laborous... but the quality of the wine Dramatically increased... and
is much of the reason it now scores mid 90 Point reviews almost every
Here's the 2014 - Extremely Limited!!!
96 points Vinous
"The 2014 Haut-Bailly has turned out beautifully. Dark, sumptuous and
expressive, the 2014 exudes depth and finesse. Ample and resonant on the
palate, with striking depth, the 2014 possesses exceptional balance and
class. Hints of smoke, tobacco and licorice infuse the deep, creamy finish."
2014 Chateau Haut Bailly, Pessac-Leognan,
$101.89 - Good Wine Stores
$91.70 - Pop's Single Bottle Price
$81.51 - Pop's Mixed Case Price
$917.01 - Pop's Case Price
The highlight of my
most recent visit to Bordeaux... a dinner AT Chateau Cheval Blanc. WOW! In
case you are unaware, they are owned by LVMH which also owns Chateau D'Yquem,
the greatest dessert wine on the planet. What a dinner... They started with
a White Bordeaux, made by Cheval Blanc but not imported. Next a 2014 Petit
Cheval, then 2012 Cheval Blanc, 2004 Cheval Blanc (Served Blind), 2000
Cheval Blanc and 1975 Cheval Blanc (Served Blind). I was able to guess the
2004 but guessed 1966 on the older wine.
the 2014 with a very awesome price.
points Wine Spectator *** Collectibles ***
"This has dreamy aromas already, with notes of Lapsang
souchong tea, smoldering cigar and cold charcoal wafting up from the core of
dense yet supple currant, fig and blackberry preserves. A loamy edge thumps
through the finish, giving this an addictive, head-bobbing bass line. Best
from 2026 through 2040." (JM) (3/2017)
2014 Chateau Cheval Blanc, St. Emilion,
$562.46 - Good Wine Stores
$421.85 - Pop's Red Tag Sale Price
$5062.14 - Pop's Case Price