2014 Bordeaux Releases – Château Mouton Rothschild and family – Clerc Milon and d’Armailhac

Big guns out this morning in the shape of the three wines from the Mouton Rothschild stable – Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Clerc Milon and Château d’Armailhac. Finally something for us all to really consider, a ‘proper’ primeur opportunity.

 

The Ram at MOUTON Rothschild

A welcoming ram at Mouton

Of these, our top recommendation is the First Growth Château Mouton Rothschild which at £2340/12 or £1170/6-pack is the best priced Mouton physically available in the market. In fact it is more than £500 per dozen cheaper than the 2007 vintage which is the next lowest. It is an impressive wine too, and seems well-supported at this price.

 

Neither of the other two wines offer quite such a strong reason to buy now, but as drinkers they have their place. Château Clerc Milon is the more convincing of the two, and it stood up really well when tasted at the château. At £320/12 comes recommended if your intention is to put it away in your own cellar and drink it, although there’s perhaps not enough headroom to allow for paying in bond storage.

 

The story is similar for Château d’Armailhac at £230/12, very attractive wine in 2014, and this is a fair price (the next cheapest is the 2007 at £300) for putting in the cellar for drinking from 2021.

 

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2014 Bordeaux Release – 2014 CHÂTEAU BEYCHEVELLE

Beychevelle

The ball has started rolling early this morning with 2014 CHÂTEAU BEYCHEVELLE 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien first out of the traps. As a brand this is one of the recent success stories of Bordeaux, it seems almost irrespective of the wine’s quality. They have played the game well in 2014, the wine has a bit more flesh on the bones than in some years – and at £415/12 this is offered at a price that is lower than that of any other vintage physically available in the market. That being said, we would still suggest that Duhart-Milon at £400/12, looks a much better bet.

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