Burgundy 2014 EP ~ terrific vibrancy and highly drinkable

Following the December launch of Seckford’s offer of the succulent & delicious 2014 Red Burgundy Vintage, I am pleased to send you this update which includes notes & scores by wine journalists.
Allen Meadows: “if you liked the 1985s, 1992s or 2000s I believe that you will like the 2014s.”
The wines are already showing beautifully: they are full of fruit, vibrant acidity, ripe tannins and have an exciting energy about them. It is a lovely vintage to drink. With favourable exchange rates, 2014 is a vintage that should be in your cellar.

Jean-Marie Fourrier (Negoce)
Jean-Marie: “I think 2014 is a perfect vintage for wine lovers who might not want to keep wines for 20 to 25 years. I think there will always be the generosity of the vintage, a vintage of pleasure like 1999 ~ they’re ripe, concentrated and balanced.”

The wines listed below are not domaine wines, rather wines made by Jean-Marie from grapes purchased from other growers with whom he works
2014 Bourgogne Rouge ~ £99 per 6ib
Burghound 86-88 points: A fresh, cool and attractively ripe nose features notes of red berries and earth that lead to punchy and delicious flavours that terminate in a mildly austere, balanced and persistent finale. This should age well but be approachable young. Drink 2018+
Tim Atkin MW: 90 points ~ no tasting note
2014 Vosne Romanee Aux Reas ~ £198 per 6ib
Burghound 86-89 points:An overtly spicy nose is composed by aromas of dark currant, plum, violet and menthol hints. There is good detail, punch and volume to the velvety middle weight flavours that display a certain toughness on the otherwise lingering and mildly edgy finish. This is hard to read but I doubt that it’s ever going to be seductive. Drink 2021+
Tim Atkin MW: 91 points ~ no tasting note
2014 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Aux Echanges ~ £300 per 6ib
Burghound 87-89 points:A wonderfully floral nose is composed of notes of lavender, violet, rose petal, spice and various dark berry fruit nuances. There is fine verve and delineation to the lightly mineral and relatively fine middle weight flavours that are shaped by mildly edgy tannins on the otherwise persistent finale. This is pretty but the balance isn’t what it could be. Drink 2022+
Tim Atkin MW: 93 points ~ no tasting note
2014 Echezeaux Grand Cru ~ £875 per 6ib
Burghound 90-93 points: (from Champs Traversin). Here too there is a subtle but not invisible touch of wood framing the spicier nose of various black fruit, floral and sandalwood scents. I like the velvety and seductive texture to the bigger and richer medium-bodied flavours where the supporting tannins are a bit riper on the robust and moderately austere finale. This powerful effort isn’t especially refined but it certainly doesn’t lack for power and punch. Drink 2024+
Tim Atkin MW: 94 points ~ no tasting note
Jancis Robinson 18 points: Deep crimson. Real stuffing and energy here. Fine and chewy. Pretty exciting stuff. Very supple tannins. Drink to 2034
2014 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru ~ £875 per 6ib
Burghound 91-93 points:(from Petit Maupertui). A whisper of oak easily allows the earthy and brooding aromas of dark berries and game nuances to express themselves. There is fine volume to the big-bodied flavours that possess excellent power, size and weight before culminating in a moderately austere, robust and muscular finale. This is clearly built-to-age and will need at least 6 to 8 years before it will be approachable with pleasure. Drink 2026+
Tim Atkin MW: 94 points ~ no tasting note
Jancis Robinson 18 points: Very deep crimson. Rich and rather majestic. Real substance here. Tastes as though Jean-Marie Fourrier had fun making this wine. Drink to 2035
2014 Mazoyeres Chambertin Grand Cru ~ £875 per 6ib
Burghound 91-94 points:Here the grudging nose only reluctantly gives up its much gamier aromas of red berries, earth and soft floral nuances. There is excellent intensity to the powerful and muscular flavours that pack plenty of punch as well as solid mid-palate density before culminating in a sleek and stony finish that delivers fine depth and outstanding length. This is really quite good but note well that it’s going to require plenty of cellar time first. Drink 2029+
Tim Atkin MW: 96 points ~ no tasting note
Virgile Lignier Michelot
Burghound: Virgile Lignier’s take on the 2014 vintage was that it was a “very nice surprise in the end but it was a massive amount of work in the vineyards. I really like the style of the 2014s as they’re dense enough to be serious and age-worthy yet not particularly austere or backward and thus should also please those who like their burgs on the younger side”.
Wine Advocate: “There is much to treasure from Virgile in 2014. The fruit is a little darker than others. You can tell that the fruit was meticulously picked and therefore the textures are very silky and pure. My pick might actually be his stunning Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru, a blend of three vineyards that attests to the maxim of the wine being more than a sum of its parts. Such race, breeding and precision here -- so much energy. Whilst the En La Rue de Vergy punches above its Village Cru weight.”
Large Formats are offered subject to final confirmation by the Domaine
2014 Morey Saint Denis ‘En la Rue de Vergy’ ~ £113 per 6ib
Burghound 89-91 points:Here there is a menthol note sitting atop the slightly riper yet cool aromas of cassis, violet and plum. The palate impression of the medium-bodied flavours is finer with really lovely delineation to the mineral-inflected, balanced and lingering finish. Recommended. Drink 2020+
Wine Advocate 90-92 points: a strict, sous-bois-infused nose with desiccated orange peel scents that surface with continued aeration. The palate is lively and crisp with a keen line of acidity, with plenty of vibrant red cherry and kirsch notes on the playful finish. Punches above its weight. Drink to 2029
2014 Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Les Faconnières ~ £193 per 6ib
Large formats: £213 per 3 magnums ib & £159 per jeroboam ib
Burghound 91-93 points:(from 60+ year old vines). An expressive, dense and markedly floral nose is quite ripe but with good freshness on the red and dark berry fruit, earthy and gamey aromas. There is terrific power and concentration to the stony, muscular and mouth coating large-scaled flavours that deliver huge length on the impressively complex and youthfully austere finale. This is outstanding though patience will be required. Drink 2024+
Wine Advocate 89-91 points: The palate is very supple, sweeter with rounded finish. Perhaps this will turn out to be one of Virgile Lignier's more approachable wines this vintage? Drink to 2030
2014 Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Les Chenevery ~ £193 per 6ib
Large formats: £213 per 3 magnums ib & £159 per jeroboam ib
Burghound 90-93 points:An adroit application of oak frames the exceptionally fresh and distinctly earthy red currant and plum suffused nose that displays top notes of violets and menthol. There is impressive richness and volume to the powerful medium-bodied flavours that exhibit moderate austerity on the highly persistent and mouth coating finish. Drink 2022+
Wine Advocate 90-92 points: a complex bouquet with blackberry, dried orange peel, wet granite and just a hint of liquorice. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and good structure, quite masculine with requisite austerity on the finish that begs you take another sip. Lovely salinity is present and correct here; this is well worth seeking out. Drink to 2030
2014 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Cuvée Jules ~ £218 per 6ib
Burghound 91-93 points:(from purchased fruit in Sentiers, Chabiots and Chatelots; released under the Maison Virgile Lignier label). Relatively discreet wood and menthol notes frame the fresh, ripe, spicy and relatively airy nose that is composed of cool earth, red currant, black cherry and lilac aromas. There is excellent volume and richness to the full-bodied and distinctly serious medium weight flavours that possess good mid-palate concentration on the solidly well-detailed, mineral-infused and lengthy finish. This very serious effort is also going to require plenty of patience. Drink 2026+
Wine Advocate 92-94 points: It has a clean and precise, quite mineral-driven bouquet that suffuses that black cherry and blueberry fruit. The palate is very harmonious with fine tannin, lovely acidity here lending freshness, but there are layers of black and red, tensile fruit interlayered over the finish that fans out with conviction. This comes highly recommended. Drink to 2032
2014 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru ~ £525 per 6ib
Large formats: £548 per 3 magnums ib; £365 per 300cl jeroboam ib; £735 per 600cl methuselah ib
**I would ask that an order for CdlR is placed with other 2014 Lignier-Michelot wines – thank you**
Burghound 92-94 points:(from a .27 ha parcel, most of which is young vines of 15+ years of age though there is a parcel approximating 15% of the total with ~40 years of age). Once again notes of wood and menthol are present on the intensely earthy and gamey aromas of red currant, violet and discreet spice elements. The medium weight plus flavours are bigger, richer and more powerful while possessing a velvety, even lush mouth feel, all wrapped in a highly seductive, balanced and very firmly structured finale. This too should age well but be approachable after only 7 to 8 years of age. Drink 2029+
Wine Advocate 93-95 points: blueberry and cassis fruit, all with a tight leash on. The palate is medium-bodied with fine but firm tannin on the entry; there is blackberry and boysenberry, and plenty of salinity here with a mineral-driven finish that leaves the tongue a-tingling long after it has departed. This is very serious and deserves a few years in the cellar. Drink to 2035
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James Maitland
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Wine List Last Updated: 02/12/2016 17:25:44