Château Haut-Beausejour St. Estephe 2014
Wine SpectatorA ripe style, with enticing raspberry and black currant confiture notes studded with singed spice and black tea details. A good tobacco underpinning keeps this honest, though the relatively fleshy edge will give this more immediate appeal. Best from 2018 through 2024.
Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Haut Beausejour has a rather conservative bouquet, blackberry and scorched leather, a touch of tobacco that surfaces with time, though it never really fires on all cylinders. The palate is medium-bodied with a curiously Pinot Noir-like entry: pure red cherry and strawberry fruit, light but tensile with fine tannin. It is a very polished Saint Estèphe, perhaps over-polished, although I have to commend the harmony on the finish. Drink over the next 5-7 years.