Domaine du Castel Grand Vin 2014
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Robert Parker - Wine Advocate, 93 Points - The 2014 Grand Vin is a blend of 46% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Petit Verdot, aged for 20 months in 60% new French oak. A bit heavy on the Merlot this year, for reasons noted in the accompanying producer note, this is dry and very classy. As always, it adds a layer of depth to the Petit Castel reviewed this issue and just a bit of power, but it is balanced as well as focused. If it lacks the vivid and hedonistic fruit of the 2013, it has a more serious, somewhat understated feel to it. It is a great wine to stick into a Bordeaux tasting as a ringer. The finish is fresh and complex, layered with a bright feel and some herbs. The longer this carefully-crafted red was open, the more I liked it. It is approachable young this year, unlike some Big Boys from the distant past, but it has more than enough structure to hold and age well. What that means in practice, we'll see—but it should improve over the next several years and hold well for at least a decade. I'm betting on a lot more, but let's see where we are when we get there.
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