B-21 Top Recommendation
One of the most important aspects of the annual en primeur events in Bordeaux are the various break-out events scattered about the multiple appellations hosted by the UGC. Hosted by pre-determined Chateaux – fairly high caliber – this is our opportunity to taste dozens (sometimes hundreds) of the key wines of a given region, all under one roof. This is where we discovered Chateau 2014 (and several other Chateaux featured here). Their tasting table precisely positioned between the tasting tables of their two neighbors, Chateau Cantemerle and Chateau La Lagune, de Braude made quite an impression. A Cru Bourgeois from the 2003 classification, this quaint, 7.5 hectare property totally upstaged its 1855 Grands Crus Classes neighbors. I was personally impressed most by the purity of the fruit here; blackberry and the purist black cherry fruits offer a dynamite flavor profile that's supported by classic Margaux elegance and spice (the estate's vineyards are quite near the Margaux border). Neal Martin – in one of his final and certainly comprehensive tastings of Bordeaux for Wine Advocate – was smitten. "This Haut-Médoc is worth hunting down," Neal tells his readers. I fully concur; and have it for you – ready for those holiday meals.