2014 Bordeaux, Finally a Vintage for the Consumer

If you’re not already aware, the business of selling Bordeaux is volatile to say the least.  The region has become a polarizing place, filled with many great estates that are distanced from the consumer marketplace, separated by the usual suspects of the ‘Negociant’ system.  Over the years, we’ve seen the best of the best vintages skyrocket in price while other vintages have a scattered representation in a marketplace that would otherwise snatch these wines up.  As the saying goes, it’s feast or famine with Bordeaux and nothing between.  I’m happy to say that after 3 very challenging vintages, 2014 has been a very good harvest and sure enough, one that is finally for the Consumer of Bordeaux rather than the Collector.  Two Years Ago, we were presented with an opportunity to buy from a Futures offering that included over 50 Chateaux.  Rather than concerning ourselves with collectible grade Chateaux and how they’d appreciate or their future auction-worthiness; we dug into which were our favorites over the years.  Chateaux who have delivered in both ‘vintage of the century’ and those less than ‘stellar’ harvests.  Essentially, they’re wines that meet the sweet spot of value & quality, because lets face it…when it’s quality and not a value in Bordeaux, it’s $400 a bottle.

A word about critics: for this offer, we’ve relied heavily on Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media, one of the world’s foremost authorities.  At the time of this email, his reporting on the 2014 harvest seemed to be the most comprehensive and consistent. Most of the wines in our offer had a completed, finished wine review in his published ratings, meaning it was not a barrel sample review, but bottled product.  Where his review was not available, we relied on Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator, in that order as a matter of our professional rank, based on their reporting to date on this specific vintage in Bordeaux.

There are limited quantities each wine available as of this offer.  Follow the links below to your favorite store for press & best price offered.  FYI, there are no further discounts available and after this sales campaign, pricing will increase on shelves anywhere between 5-15%, depending on the Chateau.  All orders are subject to final confirmation, filled on a first come, first served basis.