Chateau d'Agassac Haut-Medoc 2014
James Suckling
Wine Enthusiast
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Chateau d'Agassac Haut-Medoc 2014

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The winery is located in the commune of Ludon-Médoc in the Haut-Médoc (Bordeaux) region, on the border with the communal appellation of Margaux. In the Bordeaux classification, it was last classified as "Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel" in 2020. This romantic château, rich in tradition, is a medieval building with a moat, situated deep in the forest, which is also depicted on the label. Its origins date back to the 11th century. From the mid-1970s it was owned by the Gasqueton family. In 1996 it was bought by the insurance company Groupama Assurances. This company invested large sums of money in the renovation of the castle and the cellars and hired the young Alsatian oenologist Jean-Luc Zell.

The use of new barriques was reduced and the fruitiness of the wines was enhanced. The total estate comprises 80 hectares of land, of which 45 hectares are planted with Merlot (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (47%) and Cabernet Franc (3%). The planting density is 6,700 vines per hectare. 

The 2014 Haut-Medoc is an extraordinary deep garnet-red color with purple tints, enhancing its striking appearance. The delicate, powerful bouquet successively presents notes of ripe fruit (stewed plums) and black pepper. Scents of candied fruit evoking notes of cherry reinforce the fruitiness of the initial nose against a backdrop of wood and spices. Aeration brings out the mineral character and complexity of the wine. With rich, velvety tannins that give a strong, fresh and precise texture, this wine has a dense structure with notes of spices, black pepper and cooked cinnamon. The fruity finish is lingering and underlined by notes of eucalyptus and camphor that are characteristic of the fine Agassac Terroir. 

92 Points - James Suckling   A rich and intense wine with blackcurrants, tar and berries. Full body. Lots of wet earth character. Big improvement. Range: 91-92

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast    The moated fairy-tale castle of Agassac is a showpiece of the Médoc. This wine is structured, juicy and firm. It has dense dry tannins at this stage although the weight of fruit shows it will develop richly. The wine, with its hints of a blackberry future, will be ready to drink from 2020. 

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