Chateau La Serre Saint Emilion 2014
|Region||France, Bordeaux, St. Emilion|
|Brand||Chateau La Serre|
A small step back from the 2015, the 2014 Château La Serre is a classic, charming, medium to full-bodied 2014 that offers lots of red currant, caramelized cherry, tobacco leaf and dried flower aromas and flavors. It has an old-school vibe, solid elegance, and notable balance. Drink it anytime over the coming decade.
Polished, with a relatively fresh mix of cherry and raspberry coulis flavors. Light incense, tea and a flash of minerality chime in on the finish. This is mercifully far from the extracted side of the scale. Drink now through 2024. 1,958 cases made.
Ripe berry fruits give this wine its richness. There is a strong acidity as well that cuts through the wine leaving a stalky tight young fruitiness. Let the wine soften and drink from 2020.
The 2014 La Serre is a pretty, light- to medium-bodied Saint-Émilion to drink now and over the next few years. The flavors are a bit dried out, and the wine lacks the depth that is found in the more successful wines of the vintage.
The 2014 La Serre often shows well out of barrel, but regrettably I rarely encounter it in bottle. It has a light, tertiary bouquet with tightly wound black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with light grainy tannin, pretty blackberry and spice notes on the back-palate, although I have found other vintages of La Serre to show more substance and length on the finish. As such, drink this over the next two or three years.