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The 2014 vintage in Bordeaux is the best since 2010, es­pe­cially in the Saint-estèphe, Pauil­lac and Saint-julien ar­eas of the Mé­doc, due to warm, sunny weather late in the grow­ing sea­son. Here are James Suck­ling’s top 10 from the vintage. With the ex­cep­tio

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CHÂTEAU MOU­TON ROTH­SCHILD PAUIL­LAC

In­cred­i­ble min­eral char­ac­ter with a mar­itime el­e­ment, as well as red io­dine, al­gae and cur­rants. Great in­ten­sity and some salti­ness—al­most like a pearl in an oys­ter. A true wine of the soil, with a full body, racy tan­nins and a lin­ger­ing fin­ish. Ex­cel­lent and unique. The blend is 81 per cent caber­net sauvi­gnon, 16 per cent mer­lot and 3 per cent caber­net franc. 96-97 points

CHÂTEAU LYNCH-BAGES PAUIL­LAC

Fas­ci­nat­ing aro­mas, with black­cur­rant, cas­sis and hints of spice. It’s full-bod­ied with ul­tra-fine tan­nins and has a long, fo­cused fin­ish. Mus­cu­lar but toned and beau­ti­ful.

95-96 points

CHÂTEAU CANON SAINT-ÉMIL­ION

A won­der­ful Canon with fab­u­lous fi­nesse and class. Full-bod­ied yet re­fined and pol­ished. It touches your senses. Shows that the Right Bank made ex­cel­lent wines in 2014.

95-96 points

CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTH­SCHILD PAUIL­LAC

I love the sexy, per­fumed and fem­i­nine style of this young Lafite, with rose petals, rose stems and cur­rants. A full body, su­per-fine tan­nins and a won­der­ful fin­ish that lasts a very long time.

97-98 points

CHÂTEAU LA­TOUR PAUIL­LAC

Al­ready dis­plays com­plex aro­mas, in­clud­ing black­cur­rant, blue­berry, red chilli, stones and io­dine. Full-bod­ied, yet tight and com­pressed, with an ex­tra­or­di­nary fin­ish and in­ten­sity that goes on for min­utes. Vi­brant. A good part of the pro­duc­tion is made with bio­dy­nam­i­cally grown grapes. Al­co­hol is less than 13 per cent. 98-99 points

CHÂTEAU AU­SONE SAINT-ÉMIL­ION

A juicy red with beau­ti­ful blue­berry, black­berry and min­eral char­ac­ter. Oys­ter shell and io­dine. Full and tight. The use of 60 per cent caber­net franc rather than 50 per cent gives the Au­sone a fresher, more lin­ear char­ac­ter. Fine fin­ish. Fas­ci­nat­ing, with such pu­rity.

95-96 points

CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE LAS CASES SAINT-JULIEN

En­chant­ing aro­mas of black­berry, blue­berry, dried flow­ers, cit­rus and stones. A full body, with ul­tra-fine tan­nins and bright acid­ity. Un­der­tones of cit­rus skin. Very long and struc­tured. At 13.8 per cent al­co­hol, the caber­net was in­cred­i­bly ripe for the vintage—yet it re­mains ag­ile, struc­tured and bright. 96-97 points

CHÂTEAU DUCRUBEAUCAILLOU SAINT-JULIEN

Stun­ning aro­mas of liquorice, black­cur­rant, min­er­als, dried rose petals and wet earth. A full body with in­cred­i­bly in­tense fruit, yet this re­mains com­pacted and toned with tan­nins. Long, long fin­ish. What a wine. 96-97 points

CHÂTEAU LAFLEUR POMEROL

Full-bod­ied, very tight and chewy, with pol­ished, in­tense tan­nins. Blue­berry, black­berry and min­er­als. Dis­plays more Pauil­lac char­ac­ter than many top Pauil­lac es­tates. Caber­net franc, about 56 per cent this year, al­ways brings up the qual­ity of the blend; the rest is mer­lot. Su­perb. 97-98 points

CHÂTEAU COSD’ES­TOUR­NEL SAINT-ESTÈPHE

I love the style of this Cos, with In­dian spices among the aro­mas and flavours. A full body, fine tan­nins and an ul­tra-long fin­ish. Ex­cel­lent struc­ture, length and fi­nesse.

96-97 points

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