from September 30
to October 15,
all by hand, except the last day to finish before the rain
Cabernet-Sauvignon 46%, Merlot 46%, Cabernet Franc 5%, Petit Verdot 3%
alcoholic in open barrels (50% of the harvest), malolactic in barrels (100%)
for 14 months in barrels, 30% of which are new oak
Alc. by vol. 12.5%
AND ALC. BY VOL.
Chateau Hourtin-Ducasse 2014
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Rated 91 by Wine Enthusiast
Rated 15.75 by Jane Anson, New Bordeaux
Rated 89 by Andreas Larsson
Rated 15.75 by Vert de Vin
A bronze medal at the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015 of Cathay Pacific, food / wine pairing with the smoked pigeon with Oolong tea leaves
Selected and rated * by 1001 Dégustations 2016, Internet Wine Guide
Selected Cru Bourgeois, 2009 standards
A silver medal at the 2017 Féminalise, in Beaune
A silver medal at the Elle A Table 2017 competition in Paris
After a spectacular start thanks to a warm spring and an exciting month of June, the 2014 season, which looked particulary promising, ended up by being delicate and complex. July was cold, below seasonal norms, and the cool August nights supplemented by rainy days did not catch up. Consequently, veraison was heterogeneous within the cluster and all the advance taken during the pretty spring months was as well as turned to dust. It was finally the beautiful month of September with dry weather, temperatures close to 30°C. and exceptional sunshine which saved the vintage; a real gift from nature, perfectly unexpected (as in 2008). This good general weather with cool nights, ideal scenario for the aromatic expression, also allowed the stopping of all health degradations in the affected plots. It resulted in: beautiful little berries, very concentrated. It is a rare vintage, with another small harvest for us, but which could be the worthy successor of the great classic vintages. We are already thinking of 2010 for the structure and 2001 for the freshness and luster of the fruit. Finally the 2014 will only look like itself with a promising balance between sugar and acidity and which suggests a nice aromatic complexity to come.
Calm before the storm...
September 15, 2019
Deep garnet hue.
Complex nose evoking in turn the undergrowth, leather, and cane sugar.
An enveloping wine supported by a well-felt acidity suggesting a beautiful future. The tannins must still be refined before revealing their full potential.
Serving temperatures: 14 - 15 ° C.
Harmonises with: duck breast with honey and raspberry vinegar, lamb tagine with prunes and almonds, pad thai…