2014 Chateau Senejac

Year: 2014
Appellation: Haut-Medoc
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 87
James Suckling: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 91--Jeff Leve: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :

"The 2014 Senejac has a withdrawn but well defined bouquet with more undergrowth aromas than many of its peers, unreservedly classic in style (and there is nothing wrong with that). The palate is medium-bodied with a ripe blackberry and boysenberry on the entry, a slight tinniness on the back palate with a very tightly wound finish. This clearly needs 4-5 years in bottle but it has the matière to repay those with patience. Tasted September 2016." (WA)

"The 2014 Senejac is a very pretty, if somewhat understated, wine. Sweet floral notes, bright red stone fruit, mint and licorice are nicely delineated. The 2014 is a touch slender, but it offers solid balance. Drink this pleasing midweight Haut-Médoc over the next few years." (VM)

"The smoky redcurrant nose here leads into a surprisingly concentrated, supple, mid-weight palate with moderately dry tannins and nice harmony. Why wait?" (JS)

"This is a structured wine that has both firm tannins and ripe black plum fruits. It is concentrated and serious, the wood aging and the fruit tannins giving a lift and richness to the spicy fruit. The estate, dating to the 17th century, has 96 acres. Drink from 2021." (WE)

"A solid value wine with a future . The medium bodied, fresh, ripe, crisp, dark red fruits, soft tannins, and fruit filled, earth laden finish hits the spot. 90 points - Tasted Apr 1, 2017" (JL)


This is a left bank red still coming across as youthful, emphasized by its firm tannic structure (added to by the fact that about 25% of each vintage is aged in new oak barrels). However, this tannic structure dissipates a reasonable amount if you let the wine breath for an hour or so. The Cabernet character in this medium-bodied Claret is very evident with its aromas and flavors of dark ripe cherries and particularly pomegranates, and in the background definite hints of currants and blackberries.

Officially rated a cru bourgeois, that has shown improvement since 1973 when the heir, the Comte Charles de Guigne returned from his long stay in America. The vineyard covers around 70 acres, producing about 11,500 cases a year and planted in 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc with a 1% dab of Petite Verdot.

As mentioned above if you let it breath (or decant it) about an hour before consuming it is now enjoyable. It is certainly gaining with bottle age and will really start coming into its own around 2022 to say 2026 and last for several years after that.


PRICE: $16.95, *** bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide To Wine Bargains)