2014 Montagne Saint Emilion
|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot|
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
|Village||Montagne Saint Emilion|
We first tasted this 2014 during the 2015 en primeur campaign, on the ground in Bordeaux, after a day of trying some very esteemed wines from very famous estates in this great vintage. Even after all of this - the 2014 Montaiguillon stood up like a beacon of quality and joy. With more time in the bottle the calibre of this has shone and shone. From awesome vineyards situated just a stone's throw from Cheval Blanc and Pomerol beyond - the Amart family are crafting detailed, intense and joyous St Emilion wines here on the 'Montagne' side that are incredible value and a real pleasure to drink. L&S (Aug 2018)
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The winter 2014/2015 was very mild - + 3°c above the average temperature, 3 or 4 days of light frosts only; very humid. Spring season has been comparable to the average of the last 30 years, both at the level of temperature and of rainfall. The summer was quite fresh and humid, - 2°c under the average; average temperature in August was 17°c only, you should better wear a sweater for an outside dinner! Then September has hopefully changed everything: very hot and dry weather. October was very nice too; these 2 months saved the quality of the vintage. We started to pick the Merlot grapes on 29th September, the alcohol was between 12°7 and 13°2 alc/vol; ph 3.5; very nice analyses. Cabernets Francs and Sauvignons were harvested quite late to get the benefit of the late heath: from 8th October for C.F, on 10 – 11 Oct for CS. The final blend is made up with 65 % Merlot + 15 % Cabernets Francs and 20% Cabernets Sauvignons. Both Cabernets were extremely soft and mature, very ripe and good.Winemaker's notes(Feb 2017)
A well regarded 28ha property on the borders of St Georges-St Emilion owned by the Amart family since 1949 and run for the last 20 years by the charming Chantal. Michel Rolland advises.
A recent visit reminded us of the immense quality of the work she is doing here at this well placed family estate. As we stood in front of the winery looking out over her neighbours like Cheval Blanc, VCC and Chateau Petrus who are just over the Barbanne stream, it really brought home the outstanding position of her vineyards and when you taste this Merlot heavy Claret the quality is clear.
Tasting against far greater names this is a exceptional value - elegant, with a lovely weight of fruit - but high toned and very true - this hits all the high notes. A sadly all too rare bargain for this part of the world - this will not disappoint.
Vineyards are planted to 60% Merlot with 20% each of Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon.
Here are a dozen wines we absolutely loved from our Anniversary tasting celebrating 30 years of Lea & Sandeman. These were all tasting beautifully on the night and the selection has everything you could possibly want; from deliciously drinkable 2014 Bordeaux, to an Alsace field blend, to Spain's wondrous old vine but 'new wave' red - there's never been a better time to explore the L&S range (and free delivery too).
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