93 Insider points

REVIEWS

This Bordeaux blend is priced well below it's retail value. We were so excited to get our hands on it. The abundant fruit and spice flavors will certainly please your palate (and your wallet)!

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Bordeaux Blend
  • APPELLATION
    Bordeaux, France
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Offering exhibits all of the attributes of the very best Saint-Émilion Grand Cru. Vinous calls 2014 “an above average vintage with many exceptional wines” and writes: “The finest 2014s are not lacking in concentration or depth, but they will need time to be at their best. These are the kind of wines that often start out slow and then gain in bottle.”

“Most importantly,” concludes Vinous. “2014 is a very consumer friendly year.”

Consumer friendly and Bordeaux are not necessarily two things found in the same sentence. Both following and preceding a number of hyped-up vintages with equally beefed-up price tags, 2014 is blessedly lacking either. What the vintage DOES offer, however, is an incredible (an incredibly rare) quality-to-price ratio along with classic elegance and longevity.

The Château de la Cour Le Chevalier is a Merlot-based 2014 from a family estate founded only as far back as 1994. Vinified with modern techniques and in keeping with a more modern, fruit forward style, this still quite young St. Emilion is delicious now for its fleshy, plummy fruit and subtle tobacco and spice notes but will only blossom and improve over the next five years.

·    St. Emilion is actually the oldest wine-producing region in the whole of Bordeaux and has been revered for its distinct terroir since the 3rd Century, A.D., when the ancient Romans settled here and cultivated wine grapes.

·    While the famous Bordeaux classification of Medoc and Graves wines has been changed only twice since its creation in 1855, St. Emilion’s classification is updated every decade.

·    According to Decanter: “The Bordeaux 2014 vintage is ‘one to watch’, says Steven Spurrier, as newly published scores and tasting notes from Decanter’s tasting quartet show high quality wines from chateaux across the region.”

·    Well under the radar in the U.S., Château de la Cour is a quintessential Right Bank estate whose 10 hectares of vineyards sit just outside the town of St. Emilion.

TASTING NOTES 

A fruit-forward wine with ripe plum flavors and subtle spices. 

THE STORY TO KNOW

From the winery:

The Château de la Cour is a beautiful property of 10 hectares located at the foot of Saint-Emilion in the town of Vignonet and Saint Sulpice de Faleyrens.

6.5 hectares are devoted to the production of Chateau Saint-Emilion Court Grand Cru and 3.5 hectares at the Château de la Cour Saint-Emilion. In exceptional years, such as 2009 and 2005, the Château gives birth to a special cuvée called "The Jewel".

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Pair with a delicious roasted chicken with herb flavors or our favorite, a flat iron steak smothered in butter.