Following a particularly busy April of press tastings at Château Belgrave, the English speaking journalists were among the first to publish their comments on the Dourthe 2014 wines on-line.  The positive feedback on our wines reflects the hard work put in by the teams in our properties. Here’s a sneak peek:

Château Belgrave – Grand Cru Classé Haut-Médoc


91-92 James Suckling –

« Full and very chewy. A powerful and rich sample. Best ever? “

92/100  Roger Voss- The Wine Enthusiast

“This is a structured, yet fruity wine…”

16,75/20 de Steven Spurrier- Decanter   

“Masses of ripe fruit, good plummy richness and firm tannins for the future. Fine Modern Medoc”.

 Neal Martin – The Wine Advocate

“ … a boatload of blackberry and wild strawberry fruit on the nose…”

17+/20 Matthew Jukes – Bordeaux En Primeur Vintage report 2014

Château Belgrave part of “My ten best value red wines in 2014- a selection of superb wines which should represent great value”.

89-92 Antonio Galloni- Vinous  

“…A wine of notable density, the Belgrave is super –expressive today with more than enough fruit and midpalate sweetness to stand up to the tannins…”

 Château Le Boscq –  Saint Estèphe


91-93 Neal Martin- The Wine Advocate :

« … What a superb Saint Estèphe ! Tasted twice with consistent notes.  The dark horse of the appellation? “

16.5+/20 Jancis Robinson –  :

“…Lots of fruit concentration. Round and Racy. Polished and very well made. Really lovely relatively early drink.”

89-92 James Molesworth– Wine Spectator : 

“ A fleshy, toasty style in the making, with an espresso note melding into the core blackberry and cassis fruit…”

16,5+/20  Matthew Jukes – Bordeaux En Primeur Vintage report 2014 :

“…this is one of the star wines in the affordable spectrum in this vintage.”

93/100 Roger Voss– The Wine Enthusiast  :

“Smoky tannins are complex and well embedded into the dark plum aromas and flavors in this wine…”

88-90Antonio Galloni– Vinous: 

” …the 2014 is absolutely delicious and full of personality…”

Château La Garde- Pessac  Leognan Red


89-91 James Molesworth- Wine Spectator  :

« this has a good mix of black cherry and cassis flavors, with a tarry spine giving the finish energy… »

91 Roger Voss– The Wine Enthusiast  :

“ This is a firmly tannic wine, packed with blackberry fruits and acidity. It is developing well and will be a wine to drink in the medium term.”

88-91  Antonio Galloni- Vinous 

“…There is a lot to like here. Best of all, the 2014 should be a terrific value.”

16.5/20 Jancis :

“…Rather luscious fruit with energy. Good Balance. Not heavy but with the oak and young fruit well synchronized.”

Château La Garde – Pessac-Leognan White


91-92 James Suckling- :

“Fresh and tangy with lots of minerals and dried lemon peel. Full bodied, direct and racy. Shows excellent potential.”

17/20 Jane Anson– Decanter :

“…this has lovely definition and lift, with a much-needed addition of stone fruits and apricots care of a touch of Sauvignon Gris…”

89-92 James Molesworth– Wine Spectator :

“…very pure.

88-90 Neal Martin- The Wine Advocate :

“…There is a good depth and vigour here- a fine Graves blanc in prospect.” 


Château Grand-Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac- Saint Emilion Grand Cru


16/20 James Lawther MWDecanter :

 “Attractive red fruit flavour. Hint of integrated oak. Supple texture. Well-handled tannins.”

91 Roger Voss– The Wine Enthusiast :

“…this estate has produced an attractive wine. It’s fresh, with bright acidity alongside crisp blackcurrants and ripe plums.”

16/20 Matthew Jukes – Bordeaux En Primeur Vintage report 2014 :

“…Perfectly balanced and not too challenging, this is a sleek, balanced, forward wine …”

Château Rahoul Graves


 16.75/20 Jane Anson– Decanter  :

« Rich round fruit on the nose, spicy plum, gourmet touches of oak, fairly charged impact on the attack…tannins that are chewy and front-of- mouth…”

89-90 James Suckling- :

“… Best Rahoul in years.”

88-91 James Molesworth- Wine Spectator :

“…Fresh and nicely rendered.”


These extracts are an introduction to the major upcoming European and French publications.