Like the 2013, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Materium is another perfect wine. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 90% new barrels, it offers an extraordinary bouquet of blueberries and cassis fruit that’s supported by layers of white chocolate, white flowers, toasty oak, and liquid violets. With a deep, saturated purple color, full-bodied richness, incredible elegance and purity, and masses of ripe tannin that are almost hidden by fruit at this early stage, it’s a heavenly, powerful yet graceful 2014 to drink over the coming 2-3 decades.
The flagship, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Materium, represents 560 cases and achieved 14.8% alcohol after aging in 90% new Taransaud and Darnajou casks. Remarkably, the wine matches the perfect 2013, with extraordinary fragrance of blueberry, blackberry, forest floor, truffle, spring flowers and background barbecue smoke followed by a thick, unctuously textured, juicy, but incredibly well-balanced, intense wine. This is built like a skyscraper with enormous quantities of blueberry, blackberry and cassis fruit, well-integrated acidity and sweet, gentle tannins. This is an extraordinary effort from Maybach that can be drunk now or cellared for up to 30 or more years. (RP)
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