Bordeaux’s 2014 vintage – the story so far

A real buzz surrounded the release of Mouton Rothschild’s 2014 vintage on 28th April – not least because the opening price is lower than any other physical vintage of Mouton’s. At only a few pounds per bottle more than the 2013 , which is also still in barrel, it’s exciting news, and offers some hope following the recent murmurings that En Primeur would cease to exist if no enthusiasm could be generated about this year’s campaign.

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Bordeaux’s 2014 vintage

Following Mouton Rothschild’s example

Inflated prices over the last few years, followed by a weaker vintage in 2013, have cast doubt on the future of En Primeur. It’s looking hopeful that a decent campaign will take place now, following the release of other wines at reasonable prices. Haut-Brion, Talbot and Chasse Spleen were among the wines that have followed the example of Mouton Rothschild – showing a modest increase on 2013’s prices.

Parker’s successor advises caution

Neal Martin, chosen by Robert Parker as his immediate successor to review the wines for The Wine Advocate, has also released his notes within the last couple of weeks. His report contained some cautionary words for the chateaux owners on the subject of price. Overall Martin has predicted that this vintage will not fare as well as either 2009 or 2010, although he identified many excellent wines.

Early signs are that there are already wines generating interest – with Lynch Bages and Ch. La Lagune being named (alongside Mouton Rothschild) as being in high demand. Other wines such as Palmer have reportedly struggled to attract interest, with stocks of the exceptional ’04,’06 and ’08 vintages still on offer.

The best value from Bordeaux’s 2014 vintage

Liv-ex have compiled a list of the best value wines from the vintage, with Grand Puy Lacoste leading the ‘best value’ category for the fifth year in a row, ahead of Calon Ségur, with Domaine de Chevalier Rouge and Léoville Poyferré in joint third place.

You can find a summary of the results of the Liv-ex survey here – interesting reading and a great source of optimism following a year of negative press, following the lacklustre 2013 campaign! The 2014 wines are definitely exciting ‘ones to watch’, and we’ll be doing just that.

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