2014 de Landiras Rouge, Graves

SKU #1282170 95 points Decanter

 65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon. Great intensity of classic Bordeaux fruit on the nose, cassis, dark cherries and liquorice. The rich round palate is bursting with fresh blackberry and blackcurrant, lovely silky tannins great length all in perfect harmony.  (6/2016)

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This property is located at the southern end of the Graves region, very close to Barsac and Sauternes. This property is one of the oldest in Bordeaux dating from the 14th century. John Statton built the original chateau in 1360 on the site of a Roman villa, while the land was still in English possession. In the 1500s, the property was purchased and run by the powerful Angol-Gascon family of Montferrand. At the time there were 14,000 acres of vineyards and property. This family, for a short while, also owned Chateau Margaux. The Landiras vineyards eventually were neglected and horses were raised on the property. In 1988, Peter Vinding-Diers became only the third owner of the property in 600 years. What he found was two acres of vineyards and 40 more suitable for planting.

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2016 | Send Email
This wine is what I call a classic "petit Bordeaux" in the very best sense of the term. Lots of dark chocolate intermingling with coffee notes first greet you, followed by dark fruit, cassis, and wet rocks - a note that I love in Bordeaux. It has fruit for sure but it is not a fruity wine, in fact the perfectly balanced structure (acid and tannins) hold it all together beautifully.

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2016 | Send Email
Southern Graves value! Toasty oak and a hint of blackcurrant leaf on the nose. Surprising ripeness here with plenty of sweet black fruits, though the wine retains the freshness that I am coming to associate with this 2014 vintage. Classic Graves minerality. Finishes firm with fine tannins.

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2016 | Send Email
A perfect young Bordeaux to serve at large holiday parties and to stay away from your cellar! Lovely freshness, clean sweet fruit with a little spice, all in perfect balance. Customers should know that this is a really good example of the 2014 vintage "style wise"; very attractive!

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2016 | Send Email
I think what's most shocking about the Landiras is its incredibly restrained and balanced flavor profile. When we get bargain Bordeaux in the $10-$15 range it's usually a juicier,,Merlot-driven style that caters to the fleshier and fruitier new world rather than the subdued style of the old. This is not a modern wine, however. It's of that time-honored Bordeaux style many of us food-friendly wine lovers continue to covet. The fruit is soft and elegant, the flavors are traditional and reserved, and the wine finishes with finesse. It's not a one note, one-trick pony by any means. This is a wine I could drink every day. Heck, it's a wine I would be happy to drink every day! Embedded in the Landiras core is that classic Gravsian dichotomy of dark fruit and minerality, and it persists for at least five minutes on the finish. I don't ever expect that level of depth from a $12,99 bottle of Bordeaux, but I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth either. Load up. If you're a fan of Chantgrives or Chevalier, this is like a baby version you can afford to drink regularly.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2016 | Send Email
An amazing Bordeaux value!! The 2014 Chateau de Landiras Bordeaux Rouge has a seductive nose of cherry liqueur, dark chocolate and crushed rocks. The palate is seamless with flavors of chocolate covered cherries, earth and oak accents this lovely full-bodied Bordeaux Rouge is quite a value. If you're looking for the perfect holiday red this is for you!
Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2018

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2016 | Send Email
Perfumey aromas of roses and cassis with a touch of earth. Some chocolate in the mix also. Open it 30 minutes and watch the nose evolve. The lushness on the palate is balanced by a stoney undertone. Very Intriguing wine. Extremely forward for such a young wine. Perfect with a chicken or pork entree. Wow-there is a lot of flavor and length for only $12.99. It should sell out quickly. Scored highly by a couple of scorers. Buy a case.
Drink from 2016 to 2020

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.