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2014 Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne
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- ABV 13.5%
- Closure: Cork
The 2014 Bastor-Lamontagne has a delightful, quite pure bouquet with wild honey, creme fraiche and white flower scents that are well defined. The palate is well balanced with quince and lychee on the entry, slightly low acidity with toffee apple notes towards the finish that suggest it will mature quicker than its peers. This represents decent early drinking Sauternes. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting.
Neal Martin - Vinous
The Château Bastor-Lamontagne 2014, which was bought by the Cathiards of Smith Haut Lafitte and the Moulin family last year, is noticeably paler in color than its peers. The nose is lighter than others, but there are attractive lemon curd and custard cream scents to enjoy. The palate is fresh and lively on the entry with orange zest and honeyed tones, somewhat airy for the 2014 vintage, but with satisfying poise on the elegant finish. This constitutes one of the best Sauternes from this estate that I have tasted in recent years.
Lots of dried fruit and candied apples. Full body, medium sweetness and a juicy finish. Lacks some botrytis.