updated 1-10-17
2012 Bordeaux - Front and Center

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INTRODUCTION
2012 BORDEAUX - FRONT & CENTER
Vinous: ‘Pessac-Léognan and Pomerol are without question the stars of Bordeaux’s 2012 vintage. Saint-Emilion follows, along with Lalande de Pomerol, Fronsac, and some of the lesser-known Right Bank appellations, where high quality and value increasingly go hand in hand. Readers will have to be selective in a year that is variable across the board, but there is plenty to like in 2012.

INTRODUCTION
2012 BORDEAUX - FRONT & CENTER
‘Two thousand twelve is the best of the three vintages that follow the epic 2009s and 2010s. Broadly speaking, the 2012s are surprisingly open and accessible, with forward fruit and generally mid-weight structures. Many wines will drink well with minimal cellaring, but a few also have the potential to age well.

INTRODUCTION
2012 BORDEAUX - FRONT & CENTER
‘I encourage readers to look beyond Bordeaux’s most famous names. Of course, those wines are of great interest, and they should be, as they are the benchmarks of excellence. But Bordeaux is about more than just several dozen highly coveted wines. As I put the finishing touches on this article in California I am once again reminded of how many fairly priced Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot-based wines can still be found in Bordeaux. That will be even truer of wines being sold out of Europe today given the current strength of the US dollar.’

s0905-104. 12 CHATEAU LA TOUR DE BY, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
Parker 87: ‘An excellent blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, this wine offers attractive value for its superb quality. The wine has a dense ruby/purple color, nice cedary blackcurrant fruit, medium body and surprisingly soft, well-integrated tannins. This sleeper of the vintage should drink nicely for 5-8 years.’
How Many: 26.99 each

s0905-105. 12 CHATEAU BEGADAN CUVEE TRADITION, CRU ARTISAN, MEDOC
Famille Sallette at Begadan. Good, bright, black cabernet fruit aroma. Very elegant. The fruit is ripe. Fine 2012./ Tartness and firmness of 2012 Medoc cabernet. Time will assuage its tannic grip. 90+/100.
How Many: 18.99 each

s0905-106. 12 CHATEAU CANTEMERLE, 5ME GRAND CRU, HAUT MEDOC
Parker 89-91: ‘Cantemerle’s ethereal elegance and racy, classy style are unmistakable in this understated yet pretty, dark ruby-colored 2012. Offering lots of cherry, raspberry and black currant fruit, this is a wine of unmistakable finesse and delicacy. Enjoy it over the next 10-12 years.’
How Many: 42.99 each

s0905-107. 12 CHATEAU BEAUMONT, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Wine Enthusiast 91-93: ‘This is a densely tannic wine with juiciness showing quite tardily through the tannins. The wine has a very dry, firm character with acidity that finishes on a bright, fresh note.’
How Many: 23.99 each

s0905-108. 12 CHATEAU PIMORIN, HAUT MEDOC
By Chateau Fontesteau Cru Bourgeois at Saint Sauveur, west of Pauillac. Good ripe cabernet sauvignon and light oak and barrel evolution. Deep and dark and spicy./ Rich in cabernet black currant and blackberry. Peppercorn and wood extracts. Very satisfying Haut Medoc style and value. Good bouquet potential here. 91+/100.
How Many: 14.99 each

s0905-109. 12 CHATEAU CARONNE STE. GEMME, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Always the graceful, perfumed oak and purple fruit. Padded and deep, velvety. Not one of the straight and narrow 2012s. Super./ Has the vintage’s firmness yet, but all the CSG charm is already evident nonetheless. Commendable. 92+/100.
How Many: 21.99 each

s0905-110. 12 CHATEAU TRONQUOY LALANDE, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Vinous 91: ‘A dark, brooding wine, the 2012 Tronquoy Lalande offers up an enticing bouquet of sweet red plum, tobacco, game, earthiness, smoke and leather. Today, the 2012 is a bit wild and rough around the edges, but it nevertheless possesses plenty of density and enough richness to drink well for the better part of the next decade, perhaps longer. Iron, savory herbs and smoke add complexity on the exuberant finish. The 2012 is going to need at least a few years to settle down, as the tannins are quite fierce today. Still, the Tronquoy Lalande is clearly an overachiever in its peer group.’
How Many: 39.99 each

s0905-111. 12 HAUT DE CHATEAU POUJEAUX, HAUT MEDOC
45% cab sauv, 55% merlot. Spicy oak and good fruit ripeness. Cabernet and merlot fruit complementary. Sweet blackcurrant and cherry. Seems based on gravel, not clay./ Wow, lavish oak and sweet black fruit. Well crafted. Extra barrel time gives this plenty to offer at present. Bravo! 92+/100.
How Many: 21.99 each

s0905-112. 12 CHATEAU COS D’ESTOURNEL 2ME GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT ESTEPHE
Even more class than the 2012 Pagodes. Flow, fragrance, cedar, cabernet blackberry-black currant. Fresh and elegant. Ideal 2012./ More tannin than the Pagodes. Nonetheless, its fruit and oak elegance shines through. Especially elegant for a Saint Estephe. A rightfully fine 2012 of great potential. 95+/100.
How Many: 189.95 each

s0905-113. 12 LES PAGODES DE COS D’ESTOURNEL, SAINT ESTEPHE
60% cabernet sauvignon, 40 merlot. 35 year old vines. Full and classic Cos. Grand cabernet and grand oak. Full race; this is all from gravel. All Grand Cru lineage shows./ Yes, glistens and sings. Light dash of Saint Estephe game. Managed tannins. Great stuff. 94+/100.
How Many: 47.99 each

s0905-114. 12 CHATEAU MONTROSE, 2ME GRAND CRU, SAINT ESTEPHE
Wine Enthusiast 95 - CELLAR SELECTION: ‘Produced in the magnificent new cellars at Montrose, this big, tannic wine is powerful and concentrated. It has something of the classic severity of a wine from this estate, but that’s mitigated by the ripe, generous blackberry fruitiness and the final freshness of a 2012. A great success, to drink from 2022.’
How Many: 109.95 each

s0905-115. 12 CHATEAU CALON SEGUR, 3ME GRAND CRU, SAINT ESTEPHE
Wine Enthusiast 96 - CELLAR SELECTION: ‘Firm and structured, this beautifully concentrated wine has plenty of the dark tannins that come out of Cabernet Sauvignon in Saint-Estèphe while allowing room for juicy fruit. The wood aging is still showing, giving some spice to the wine. At the end, it's the density of the wine that's so impressive. Drink from 2024.’
How Many: 99.95 each

s0905-116. 12 CHATEAU MOUTON ROTHSCHILD, 1ER GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC
Wine Enthusiast 97; Vinous 95: ‘The 2012 Mouton Rothschild comes across as quite dark and ripe in this vintage. One of the richest, most powerful 2012s readers will come across, the Mouton boasts striking aromatics and overall density. Mocha, chocolate, graphite, smoke, licorice and dark-fleshed fruits all meld together in the glass. I imagine the 2012 will need a good decade before it starts drinking well. Slightly roasted notes and copious new oak stick out today, but these wines have a way of coming together in bottle.’
How Many: 499.95 each

s0905-117. 12 CHATEAU PICHON LONGUEVILLE BARON, 2ME GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC
Vinous 94: ‘The 2012 Pichon-Longueville Baron is wonderfully aromatic and textured in the glass. Scents of smoke, pipe tobacco and cedar meld into a core of intense dark fruit. Pliant and supple, but with considerable underlying structure, the 2012 is likely to drink well for the next two to three decades, perhaps longer, but it is also going to need at least a few years in bottle for the tannins to soften.
How Many: 107.95 each

s0905-118. 12 CHATEAU PICHON LONGUEVILLE COMTESSE DE LALANDE, 2ME GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC
Wine Enthusiast 94-96; Vinous 92: ‘The 2012 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is a wine built on finesse. Intensely aromatic and nuanced, the 2012 is decidedly medium in body and structure, yet all the elements are nicely balanced throughout. Sweet tobacco, spices, new leather, cedar, flowers and savory herbs add lovely shades of dimension. The 2012 is a very pretty wine, even if a bit of excitement is missing. At the same time, the 2012 turns darker and more brooding in the glass as the tannins tighten up, which suggests the wine is still settling into its personality. It will be interesting to see how things shape up with more time in bottle. Winemaker Nicolas Glumineau describes 2012 as a challenging and inconsistent growing season that saw high temperatures in the summer alternating with periods of heavy rain. The blend is 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, aged in 55% new oak.’
How Many: 119.95 each

s0905-119. 12 CHATEAU HAUT BAGES LIBERAL, 5ME GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC
Wine Enthusiast 93-95: ‘Concentration is the name of the game with this dark and intense wine. It has power and a structure that is finely tannic and dusty, with bright fruits suspended within. The aftertaste shows fine, bright acidity.’
How Many: 47.99 each

s0905-120. 12 CHATEAU HAUT BATAILLEY, 5ME GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC
Parker 92: ‘Long owned by Xavier Borie, this Pauillac estate sits next to Batailley and is just south of Borie’s other famous château, Grand-Puy-Lacoste. The 2012, dramatically better from bottle than barrel, is bigger boned, richer and more flamboyant than this wine normally tends to be. The color is a healthy purple, and the wine offers plenty of cassis and licorice as well as a touch of incense. The oak from barrel-aging 18 months is largely obscured. Medium to full-bodied and impressively endowed, it comes off like a hypothetic blend of a St.-Julien and Pauillac, but this is a classic 2012 that is full, rich and impressive, with beautifully sweet tannins. Drink it over the next 20 years.’
How Many: 44.99 each

s0905-121. 12 CHATEAU LEOVILLE BARTON, 2ME GRAND CRU, SAINT JULIEN magnum
Wine Enthusiast 94-96; Parker 92: ‘Dense ruby/purple, with cassis licorice and forest floors notes in the aromatics, Léoville-Barton’s 2012 is a relatively big, rich, masculine style of wine. This full-bodied wine needs 5-8 years of cellaring and should evolve easily for 25-30 years.’
How Many: 174.95 each

s0905-122. 12 CHATEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES, 2ME GRAND CRU, SAINT JULIEN
Parker 93-95: ‘The seriously endowed 2012 Las Cases exhibits a dense purple color as well as surprisingly sweet tannin and a forwardness that one does not normally find at this address. Medium to full-bodied with beautiful black currant, graphite, crushed rock and subtle oaky notes, it possesses lots of minerality and precision, impressive power, a rich mid-palate (which sets it apart from other St.-Juliens), and a long finish. It appears this beauty will be drinkable in 5-6 years, and last for 25 or more.’
How Many: 159.95 each

s0905-123. 12 CLOS DU MARQUIS DE LEOVILLE LAS CASES, SAINT JULIEN magnum
Wine Enthusiast 94 - CELLAR SELECTION: ‘Firm and tannic, this dark berry-flavored wine comes from a specific parcel in the Léoville las Cases vineyard. It's full of tannins and structure, firm and concentrated. At the end, both tannins and tight black currants promise aging. Drink from 2020.’
How Many: 109.95 each

s0905-124. 12 CHATEAU LEOVILLE POYFERRE, 2ME GRAND CRU, SAINT JULIEN
Vinous 94: ‘A dark, fleshy wine, the Léoville Poyferré 2012 is round, succulent and deeply expressive. Dark red cherry, plum, mocha, graphite and lavender are fused together in an effortless, silky Saint-Julien built on texture. Striking and totally beautiful, the 2012 will be ready to deliver its charms early. All the elements are in the right place. This is a gorgeous showing from Léoville-Poyferré. The 2012 is perhaps not an epic wine, but is gorgeous today and should provide considerable pleasure over the next 15-20 years. The blend is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot.’
How Many: 79.95 each

s0905-125. 12 CHATEAU LANGOA BARTON, 3ME GRAND CRU, SAINT JULIEN
Wine Enthusiast 92-94: ‘ There's great concentration here, on this powerful wine with very dry structure and dark character. The palate hints of a more perfumed character with fine fruitiness and lingering freshness on the finish.’
How Many: 54.95 each

s0905-126. 12 CHATEAU BRANAIRE DUCRU, 4ME GRAND CRU, SAINT JULIEN
Wine Enthusiast 94: ‘Barrel sample. Full of ripe Cabernet tannins, this is a structured wine that's chunky in character. It elegantly balances fruit and structure, resulting in a wine that's sure to be impressive.’
How Many: 54.95 each

s0905-127. 12 CHATEAU SAINT PIERRE, 4ME GRAND CRU, SAINT JULIEN
Wine Enthusiast 93-95; Parker 91-93: ‘A blockbuster effort for the vintage, the 2012 Saint-Pierre exhibits a dense purple color along with a big, sweet nose of blackberries, coffee, forest floor and camphor. This is a seriously endowed, surprisingly full-bodied effort that is atypically rich and textured for the vintage. Kudos to Saint-Pierre, one of the smallest but finest and most consistent of the St.-Julien chateaux. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 15+ years.’
How Many: 54.95 each

s0905-128. 12 CROIX DE DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU, SAINT JULIEN
Wine Enthusiast 93/100. My notes: Degree of Ducru Beaucaillou charm. Gravelly river view site. Nice use of new oak in a second wine. Doesn’t overwhelm. All fits together. Beautiful, charming wine. 93/100.
How Many: 47.99 each

s0905-129. 12 CHATEAU BRANAS GRAND POUJEAUX, CRU BOURGEOIS, MOULIS
Wine Enthusiast 90-92: ‘This rich, opulent wine is packed with ripe black fruits and red berries. It's a warm wine with a generous character that's balanced with a firm core of tannins.’
How Many: 31.99 each

s0905-130. 12 CHATEAU DUTRUCH GRAND POUJEAUX, CRU BOURGEOIS, MOULIS
Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS’ CHOICE: ‘This is turning into an impressive wine as it finds its way between solid tannins and ripe, full black fruits. It is dark and dense at this stage with tannins that dominate. A more juicy character will develop as the wine ages. Drink from 2017. $29.’
How Many: 26.99 each

s0905-131. 12 CHATEAU POUJEAUX, CRU BOURGEOIS, MOULIS
Wine Enthusiast 91-93: ‘This is a complex wine that's dry at the heart and powered with dark tannins. Slowly the juicy fruit shows through on the mid palate, yielding a wine that offers the potential of solid fruits and excellent acidity.’
How Many: 31.99 each

s0905-132. 12 CHATEAU MARGAUX, 1ER GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Parker 95: ‘The 2012 Château Margaux is showing much differently from bottle than it did from cask. Seemingly much fuller and richer, it has a dense ruby/purple color, representing a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest mostly Merlot, as well as only 33% of their harvest. It possesses hints of spring flowers intermixed with blueberries, blackberries and cassis fruit, moderate tannin, a multi-dimensional mouthfeel, and a long, structured finish. This 2012 was charming, up-front and precociously styled from barrel, but in bottle it is more masculine, dense and rich. This wine needs a good 5-7 years of cellaring, and should keep well for 25 or more years. This is a great effort from Château Margaux, and should handsomely repay those who buy it. Anticipated maturity: 2023-2040.’
How Many: 499.95 each

s0905-133. 12 CHATEAU DURFORT VIVENS, 2ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Suckling 91; Tanzer 90: ‘Purple-ruby; this is the darkest Durfort-Vivens I can recall. Blackcurrant, mocha, graphite, smoke and herbs on the complex, showy nose, nicely complemented by mellower oak tones. Then surprisingly round, lush and sweet for Durfort-Vivens, with sweet, spicy flavors of dark plum, cassis and mocha. Tightens up slightly with air, finishing with polished tannins and impressive length. This is an almost opulent wine for this chateau and a remarkable success for the vintage. I was not the only critic pleasantly surprised by Gonzague Lurton's wine this year.’
How Many: 59.95 each

s0905-134. 12 CHATEAU DURFORT VIVENS, 2ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX magnum
Suckling 91; Tanzer 90: ‘Purple-ruby; this is the darkest Durfort-Vivens I can recall. Blackcurrant, mocha, graphite, smoke and herbs on the complex, showy nose, nicely complemented by mellower oak tones. Then surprisingly round, lush and sweet for Durfort-Vivens, with sweet, spicy flavors of dark plum, cassis and mocha. Tightens up slightly with air, finishing with polished tannins and impressive length. This is an almost opulent wine for this chateau and a remarkable success for the vintage. I was not the only critic pleasantly surprised by Gonzague Lurton's wine this year.’
How Many: 109.95 each

s0905-135. 12 CHATEAU DESMIRAIL, 3ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Gilbert & Gaillard 94: ‘Beautiful dark hue with bright red highlights. Very focused nose of ripe red fruits supported by delicate oak. Lovely substance and soft, silky tannins on the palate. Aromatic expression combines intensity, delicacy and length. A top-flight 2012.’
How Many: 44.99 each

s0905-136. 12 CHATEAU D’ISSAN, 3ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Parker 95: ‘The 2012 Château d’Issan, builds on the richness of the second wine and adds more body, structure and density. It has an inky purple color and a stunning nose of spring flowers, blueberry and blackberry fruit as well as touches of incense and graphite. Medium to full-bodied and stunningly concentrated, this 2012 is a great success in the vintage, one of the superstars. Moreover, its precociousness suggests it could be drunk in the next 4-5 years or cellared through 2025.’
How Many: 59.95 each

s0905-137. 12 CHATEAU D’ISSAN, 3ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX magnum
Parker 95: ‘The 2012 Château d’Issan, builds on the richness of the second wine and adds more body, structure and density. It has an inky purple color and a stunning nose of spring flowers, blueberry and blackberry fruit as well as touches of incense and graphite. Medium to full-bodied and stunningly concentrated, this 2012 is a great success in the vintage, one of the superstars. Moreover, its precociousness suggests it could be drunk in the next 4-5 years or cellared through 2025.’
How Many: 129.95 each

s0905-138. 12 CHATEAU DU TERTRE, 5ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Wine Enthusiast 91-93: ‘Barrel sample. This is a dense, complex wine that’s full of dark tannins piled atop ripe black-plum fruits. The wine has richness as well as lively acidity.’
How Many: 44.99 each

s0905-139. 12 CHATEAU LABEGORCE, CRU BOURGEOIS, MARGAUX
Margaux elegance; plus plenty of oomph. Good 12 fruit and some oak charm too. Very nice 2012. Accomplished. Fine tannin to resolve. All around well balanced 12. 92/100. List price: $49.
How Many: 27.99 each

s0905-140. 12 CHATEAU HAUT BRION, 1ER GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Parker 98: ‘The 2012 Haut Brion (65% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc) is certainly one of the candidates for the wine of the vintage, with a dense purple color, classic nose of crushed rock, lead pencil shavings, black raspberry, blueberry and flowers. The wine shows subtle barbecue smoke notes in the background, but is full-bodied, stunningly concentrated and builds incrementally, yet finishes with luxurious, almost extravagant amounts of fruit and intensity. From only 46% of the production, this is an absolutely remarkable effort from the Dillon family and their winemaking team of the two Jean-Philippes. Drink it over the next 30-40 years.’
How Many: 529.95 each

s0905-141. 12 CHATEAU BOUSCAUT, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Wine Enthusiast 92: ‘Meaty and spicy, this wine is in an early stage of development. It has dark tannins that have an extracted, tough character. However, the weight of ripe fruit is all there, promising a rich and concentrated wine for the future. Drink from 2020.’
How Many: 38.99 each

s0905-142. 12 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Vinous 93: ‘In a vintage in which so many wines are open and forward, Domaine de Chevalier's 2012 Rouge is anything but. As readers know, these wines are capable of aging for decades. The 2012 will certainly need at least a few years in bottle to blossom. With time in the glass, scents of chalk, game, smoke, incense and red cherry jam begin to appear, followed by a hint of white pepper that adds aromatic lift. This is a gorgeous wine from Domaine de Chevalier and proprietor Olivier Bernard, but readers should not be in a hurry. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Stéphane Derenoncourt is the consultant.’
How Many: 59.95 each

s0905-143. 12 CHATEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Parker 97: ‘As for the 2012 La Mission Haut Brion, this wine (41% of the total production) continues to perform as it has for nearly a century. At first-growth levels of quality, this is s stunning wine that is full-bodied and very concentrated with notes of graphite, subtle charcoal embers, crème de cassis, blackberry and underlying subtle earthiness. The wine is full and powerful, rich and concentrated. And sure enough, the alcohol level tips the scales at 15% from a blend 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc. This is a big, blockbuster La Mission Haut Brion that should age effortlessly for 30-40+ years. However, the tannins suggest that this wine should not be touched for another 5-6 years, as its one of the more backward of the 2012 Pessac-Léognans. Bravo!’
How Many: 259.95 each

s0905-144. 12 CHATEAU DE FIEUZAL, GRAND CRU, PESSAC LEOGNAN
Wine Enthusiast 93/100. My notes: Rich, creamy, treacly oak on sweet black fruit basis. Currant and cherry. House style dark roast, with more sweet fruit than years back./ Yes, good flow. Char and vanilla oak as before. Still some astringency and tannin to resolve. Good poise. 93+/100.
How Many: 54.95 each

s0905-145. 12 CHATEAU PAPE CLEMENT, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Parker 97: ‘he iconic 2012 Pape Clement is a candidate for near-perfection as well as one of the wines of the vintage. From proprietor Bernard Magrez, this is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. This extraordinary vineyard (a few miles to the west of Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion) has hit all the highlights of this vintage. Interestingly, the quality of the Pomerols and Graves wines in 2012 is closer to what one would consider a great vintage than the general image of 2012. This is truly great wine and not far off their magnificent 2005 and 2010. Full-bodied, with rich cassis, subtle burning embers and spice followed by velvety, well-integrated tannins, the wine is lush, expansive, savory and profound. This is a remarkable wine that could be drunk at a reasonably young age, but should cellar brilliantly for a quarter-century. Yields were modest at 37 hectoliters per hectare from this 132-acre estate. The alcohol level came in at 13.5%.’
How Many: 109.95 each

s0905-146. 12 CHATEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Parker 95: ‘The opaque bluish-purple 2012 Smith Haut Lafite offers up notes of licorice, graphite, blueberry and blackberry fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, stunningly ripe, velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This is another sensational effort from the Cathiards that is perfectly balanced, complex, super-rich and pure. Drink it over the next 20-25 years.’
How Many: 89.95 each

s0905-147. 12 CHATEAU BOUSQUET, GRAVES
50% merlot, 35% cab franc, 15% cab sauv. 75% stainless steel, 25% oak aged. Good, sweet, ripe black 12 fruit frankness. Clarity./ Ripe, while 2012 claret measured. Ripe black fruit flavors, hint of wood, barrel time. Classic claret. 91+/100.
How Many: 12.99 each

s0905-148. 12 CHATEAU BEAU SEJOUR BECOT, 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Parker 92-95: ‘A spectacular wine from this nearly 50-acre vineyard situated atop St.-Emilion’s famed limestone plateau, the final blend for the 2012 Beau-Sejour Becot was 70% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. It achieved 14% natural alcohol and yields were 31 hectoliters per hectare. One of the stars of the vintage, it is elegant yet powerful, rich and authoritative with abundant black raspberry, blueberry, graphite and toasty vanillin notes. Full-bodied and super rich for a 2012, it is packed with potential. The tannins are ripe as well as abundant suggesting several years of bottle age will be required. It should turn out to be a 20 year proposition.’
How Many: 59.95 each

s0905-149. 12 CLOS FOURTET, 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Parker 95; Vinous 95: ‘The 2012 Clos Fourtet is deep, fleshy and quite seductive. Sweet red cherry, plum, dried flowers, sage and rosemary flesh out in a pretty, gracious Clos Fourtet that offers lovely balance to match its mid-weight, restrained personality. This is a lovely showing, and a wine that should drink well with minimal cellaring. The 2012 preserves lovely freshness, but it should also drink well with minimal cellaring. There is plenty to admire, that much is sure. The 2012 is 86% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc that spent 18 months in French oak, 60% new.’
How Many: 114.95 each

s0905-150. 12 CHATEAU TROPLONG MONDOT, 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION magnum
Parker 96: ‘The 2012 is another truly great wine from Troplong Mondot. It’s always sentimental to taste this wine, realizing that proprietress Christine Valette (the larger-than-life heart and soul behind this estate) has passed away. She was one of the bright, shining stars of Bordeaux. Nevertheless, her legacy is certainly well-established, and the quality of this wine is beyond reproach. Inky bluish purple, its great notes of cassis, blackberry, licorice are followed by a full-bodied, opulently textured wine with stunning concentration, purity and overall balance. It should drink well for 20-25 years and turn out to be one of the great superstars of 2012. Their 63-acre vineyard was cropped at 31 hectoliters per hectare, producing a final blend of 90% Merlot and 10 Cabernet Sauvignon that achieved 14.2% alcohol.’
How Many: 199.95 each

s0905-151. 12 CHATEAU GRAND MAYNE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Wine Enthusiast 91-93: ‘This spicy wine, aged in new wood, is rich and full with blackberry flavors. It's opulent in texture with layers of new oak that reverberate through the wine.’
How Many: 38.99 each

s0905-152. 12 CHATEAU VILLEMAURINE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Parker 92: ‘Twenty years ago, this used to be one of my candidates for the worst wine from a top terroir in St.-Emilion. Things have changed incredibly since the acquisition of this property by Justin Onclin. The terroir is fabulously situated just adjacent to the walls of this medieval village, and the wine has gone from strength-to-strength. The 2012 has a dense purple color, a rocky and chalky minerality, medium to full body, and is long, rich and intense, elegant yet noble. Consumers have to be pleased that this long-time underachiever has finally raised its game under the new ownership. This is a property to seek out in St.-Emilion. Drink this 2012 over the next 15-20 years.’
How Many: 47.99 each

s0905-153. 12 LES ANGELOTS DE CHATEAU VILLEMAURINE, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION
Rich and ripe. Superior scion of a Grand Cru Classe. Deep, rich, velvety, spicy, dignified./ Medium bodied; claret ripeness. Unusually lavish oak complement for a second wine. Fine tannin. 92+/100.
How Many: 25.99 each

s0905-154. 12 CLOS DE MENUTS, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION
Oh, grand! Lots of new oak embellishments, well integrated with generous Saint Emilion fruit. Complex, special, big time, classy claret./ Yes, upscale, complex, broad and deep. Fine textured. Wow! Well liked by the group. 94/100.
How Many: 26.99 each

s0905-155. 12 CHATEAU LARCIS JAUMAT, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION
At Saint Christophe de Bardes. 85% merlot, 15% cab sauv. Ample, barrel aged, sweet black fruit. Cool mint./ 12 closed up still on the palate. Good future. 91+/100.
How Many: 23.99 each

s0905-156. 12 CHATEAU PICAU PERNA, SAINT EMILION
A. Duboudin at St. Pey d’Armens. Black fruit, spice, the sweetness of merlot. Some sense of barrel aging. Treacly thing. A good and solid 2012 Saint Emilion./ Pleasing measure of oak lends a treacly spiciness to season the good, ripe 2012 merlot fruit feel and flavor. A marked success. 91+/100.
How Many: 18.99 each

s0905-157. 12 CHATEAU CAP DE MERLE, LUSSAC SAINT EMILION
65% merlot, 25% cabernet franc, 10% cabernet sauvignon. Of sweet fruit, if still understated. Good 2012 claret./ Flavorful, with a nice, soft Saint Emilion merlot core. Balanced and delicious. Good at the dinner table right now. 90+/100.
How Many: 14.99 each

s0905-158. 12 CHATEAU DU COURLAT, LUSSAC SAINT EMILION
Famille Bourotte. 85% merlot, 15% cabernet franc. 1 year in barrels. Sleek and subtle. Tres claret./ Good fruit padding and fine-grained tannin foil. Well crafted, and cellar-worthy. 90+/100.
How Many: 19.99 each

s0905-159. 12 CHATEAU DES LANDES CUVEE TRADITION, LUSSAC SAINT EMILION
Gold Medal - Lyon. Like the 2010, the obdurate house style in youth. Even tougher than the 10 was at the same stage. Has plenty of material and oak./ Full reserve and grip. Solid, concentrated fruit core. Well poised. A keeper. 91++/100.
How Many: 19.99 each

s0905-160. 12 CHATEAU LA FLEUR PLAISANCE, MONTAGNE SAINT EMILION
Gamy and open textured. Very sweet and revealing nose. Ripe, spicy fruit./ Even more abundant on the palate, showing spice, sweetness, acid, texture–everything. Great fruit display on the finish. Goes from strength to strength. 16.4+.
How Many: 17.99 each

s0905-161. 12 CHATEAU GUADET PLAISANCE, MONTAGNE SAINT EMILION
70% merlot, 20% cab sauv, 10% cab franc. Organically grown. Barrel aged. Deep and dark. Great fruit poise, wood cremes, and acid. Good, deep merlot fruit with cab support. Deep and fine satin fruit and oak./ Yes, balance of wood and fruit, acid-sweet-tannin. Fine. Delicious oak and fruit. Good ripeness. Touch of vanilla. Long and fine tannins. 92+/100.
How Many: 18.99 each

s0905-162. 12 CHATEAU ROCHER CALON, MONTAGNE SAINT EMILION
95% merlot, 5% cab sauv. Spicy, woody, and generously fruity. Ripe fruit and barrel time altogether./ Dark fruit and full, spicy savors. Full textured, with fine tannins. 92+/100.
How Many: 16.99 each

s0905-163. 12 CHATEAU PUISSEGUIN LA RIGODRIE, PUISSEGUIN SAINT EMILION
Silver Medal - Bordeaux. 90% merlot, 10% cab franc. Aged 3 months on wood chips. Good staves and suave fruit in balance./ Sweet fruit and oak harmony. Fine tannin. Well crafted. 92/100.
How Many: 14.99 each

s0905-164. 12 CHATEAU BONALGUE, POMEROL
Oh, deep, luxurious, exotic Oriental wood spices and total Pomerol plushness. Very sweet and ripe for vintage. The oak is nice. A champion./ Oh, boy, texture, wood, elegance. Scores. Full flavored, spicy, padded, plus tannin reserve. 94+/100. List price: $72.
How Many: 37.99 each

s0905-165. 12 CLOS DU CLOCHER, POMEROL
Parker 92/100. My notes: Good wood interest. Nice rally for 12 Pomerols at this tasting. Sweet and elegant and racy. Beautifully proportioned. Always a winner. Very classy wine. 94+/100. List price: $120.
How Many: 44.99 each

s0905-166. 12 CHATEAU LA FLEUR PETRUS, POMEROL
Vinous 96: ‘Exotic and explosive in the glass, the 2012 La Fleur-Pétrus is another standout in the Moueix portfolio. Graphite, smoke, incense and plum are some of the notes that open up in this exquisite bouquet. The 2012 possesses remarkable depth and intensity for the year. Gravel, smoke, sage, wild flowers, game and tobacco add the final shades of nuance on a powerful, virile finish endowed with remarkable salinity and freshness from the Cabernet Franc.’
How Many: 224.95 each

s0905-167. 12 CHATEAU GAZIN, POMEROL
Parker 95: ‘This is certainly one of the great 2012s from Pomerol. What’s amazing is that it is 100% Merlot. Readers may have forgotten (or never knew) that a chunk of this vineyard was sold to Petrus in the early 1970s, but what remains is still a superb terroir and incredibly well-placed on the plateau of Pomerol, adjacent to Petrus and across the road from Lafleur. This wine tips the scales at 14.5% natural alcohol, which puts it right up there with the 2009 and 2010. This points further to the sensational success Pomerol enjoyed in 2012. It is inky purple in color, with a glorious nose of black fruits, an unctuous texture, and a full-bodied mouthfeel. Sometimes Gazin can show too much new oak in its youth, but that is not an issue with the 2012. This is sensational Pomerol and one of the great wines of this vintage. Give it another 5-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two to three decades.’
How Many: 94.95 each

s0905-168. 12 VIEUX CHATEAU CERTAN, POMEROL
Vinous 96: ‘Unquestionably one of the wines of the vintage, the 2012 Vieux Château Certan is pure class. So many Pomerols speak to power in 2012, but VCC is all finesse. Forward and open-knit with that classic sense of translucent beauty that is the most identifiable attribute of VCC, the 2012 is simply magnificent. Veins of minerality give the wine its precision and energy, while lifted notes of sage, lavender, mint and tobacco captivate all the senses. The blend is 87% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. Readers who can find the 2012 should not hesitate, as it is superb.’
How Many: 194.95 each

s0905-169. 12 LA GRAVETTE DE VIEUX CHATEAU CERTAN, POMEROL
Parker 88-90: ‘The second wine, the deep ruby/purple-hued, medium-bodied 2012 La Gravette de Certan, is a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. It exhibits sweet mulberry and cedary notes intertwined with hints of tobacco leaf, licorice and earth as well as a thickness, no doubt from the Merlot. It should offer enjoyable drinking for a decade or more.’
How Many: 47.99 each

s0905-170. 12 CHATEAU LA MENOTTE, LALANDE DE POMEROL
At Neac. Dark and deep. Oh, purple and black fruits. Soft and voluptuous Pomerol styling. Spicy complex from oak and barrel time. Yes, lush fruit plus tempered oak seasoning. Soft tannins. Large and luxurious. 93/100.
How Many: 21.99 each

s0905-171. 12 CHATEAU MAYNE VIEIL, FRONSAC
All merlot. Robust and rich red and black Fronsac fruit. 12 and region frank and yielding./ Firm and sinewy as usual. Needs time. I go way back with this Chateau but haven’t seen it in the market for years. It’s comforting to find the style remains consistent. 90+/100.
How Many: 16.99 each

s0905-172. 12 CHATEAU PUYBARBE, COTES DE BOURG
Subtle, discreet, soft, and elegant, especially coming after the Croix Mouton. It has good power and penetration of its own though./ Good strength, depth, breadth, padding. Well balanced. Fine tannin. Yet another 2012 Right Bank winner. Well liked by the group. 91+/100.
How Many: 11.99 each

s0905-173. 12 CHATEAU LA GRANGE CLINET GRANDE RESERVE, COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wine Enthusiast 90: ‘Big tannins and ripe fruits result in a wine that is dense and structured. The wood aging is apparent, thanks to a smoky character that pushes over the black currant fruit. From vineyards on slopes above the Garonne river, this is a solid wine with a good future. Drink from 2017. $17.’
How Many: 15.99 each

s0905-174. 12 CHATEAU JOANIN BECOT GRAND VIN, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
Parker 90: ‘This property continues to make terrific value wines. The 2012, a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, is a major sleeper of the vintage. Gorgeous, plump black cherry, kirsch and blackcurrant fruit mixed with incense, licorice and spice jump from the glass of this opaque ruby/purple wine. Fleshy, opulent and a dead ringer for a top Pomerol, this beauty from the Becot family is once again a major over-achiever. Drink over the next 5-7 years.’
How Many: 24.99 each

s0905-175. 12 CHATEAU LA ROCHE MAZIERES, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
At St. Pey. Bright and splashy, linear 2012 fruit with vintage solidity and Castillon size and give./ Sweet for 12. Castillon scores again. Good texture, depth, and variegation for the vintage. Will improve. 91+/100.
How Many: 10.99 each

s0905-176. 12 CHATEAU MARSAU, FRANCS COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS’ CHOICE: ‘This special selection, tight-cropped from 30 acres of 100% Merlot, is ripe and rich. This is a smoky and fruity wine, in barrel for 14 months. It has ripe black fruits and rich, dense structure. Spice and toast balance the fruit, giving an impressive sense of generosity. Drink from 2017.’
How Many: 21.99 each

s0905-177. 12 CHATEAU ARGADENS, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Famille Sichel at St. Andre du Bois. Gold Medal - Concours de Bordeaux 2015. 12 sweet and dark, solid and fundamental. One of the riper-fruited 12s./ Sweet and balanced and accomplished. No tough tannin, no greenness–drawbacks of some 2012s of regional appellation. Best since the 2009. 91+/100.
How Many: 14.99 each

s0905-178. 12 CHATEAU BELLEVUE PEYCHARNEAU, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
2010: 65% merlot, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 15% cabernet franc. Vielli en Fut de Chene 12-18 months, both French and American oak. In Saint Foy. Fine ripe fruit and fine oak. Great class. Purple and black fruit perfumes. Cherry and berry./ Grace, charm, class. Oak still a bit prominent. Will settle in. Ambitious. 92+/100.
How Many: 17.99 each

s0905-179. 12 CHATEAU LA CROIX CALENDREAU, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
At St. Christophe de Bardes in eastern Saint Emilion. All merlot. Aged in large oak cooperage. Deep and dark fruit from cool maceration. Rich, deep, black, creamy, ‘modern’./ Yes, light oak and rich fruit cremes. Dramatic. Melted tannins. 92+/100.
How Many: 11.99 each

s0905-180. 12 CHATEAU CROIX MOUTON, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Parker 87: ‘Another of the small gems from proprietor Jean-Philippe Janoueix, the wine is soft, juicy with a dark ruby/purple color, ripe cherries on the palate, a medium body, low acidity and soft tannin, this is an attractive, fleshy medium-bodied wine to drink over the next 5-6 years. A sleeper of the vintage. Drink 2015- 2021. A consistent winner from the committed, energetic proprietor, Jean-Philippe Janoueix, the 2012 Croix Mouton is his lowest level wine. A blend of 94% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc that achieved 13.7% natural alcohol, it is a very good effort from a vineyard situated near Fronsac.’
How Many: 9.99 each

s0905-181. 12 CHATEAU MIREFLEURS, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Wine Enthusiast 90 - EDITORS’ CHOICE: ‘Ripe, full and smooth, this obviously wood-aged wine has also managed to retain its ripe fruit. It's soft, full of acidity and black currants, with a good touch of spice to bring out the complexity of the wine. Drink from 2017.’
How Many: 15.99 each

s0905-182. 12 CHATEAU RECOUGNE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
78% merlot, 12% cab franc, 10% cab sauv. A very pleasing claret for current drinking. Rightly sweet fruit. No resistance. Shows some barrel time bouquet./ Good crisp acid edge without tartness. Balanced and fine. Light tannin adds textural appeal. Easy to drink at the table throughout fall-winter. 91/100.
How Many: 14.99 each

s0905-183. 12 CHATEAU BONNET, BORDEAUX
Half each cab sauv, merlot. Fruitier than usual. Balanced and good. Sweet, black, positive, giving./ Not at all herbal. Fully accomplished. Good earthy basis. 91/100.
How Many: 15.99 each

s0905-184. 12 CHATEAU FINET, FUTS DE CHENE, BORDEAUX
Gold Medal - Bordeaux. 60% merlot, 20% each of the cabernets. Deep and dazzling cherry fruit, with barrel aged extras. / 2012 form, acidity, tannin. Smoked venison sausage highlight. Best 2017 to 2019. 91+/100.
How Many: 12.99 each

s0905-185. 12 CHATEAU LES GRANDS THIBAUD, BORDEAUX
From the Blaye area. Negoc bottled. 85% merlot 15% cab sauv. Wood case. Good 12 solid fruit. Ripe enough and with black peels extract./ Dry, firm, vinous, young 2012. In form. 90+/100.
How Many: 9.99 each

s0905-186. 12 CHATEAU LHORENS, BORDEAUX double magnum
Black and red cherry aromas with a ventilating aura of licorice and bergamot./ Firm figured 2012 with good cellaring prospects, especially in the large format. 90++/100.
How Many: 37.99 each

s0905-187. 12 CHATEAU TERRE BLANQUE, BORDEAUX
G&G Gold. Good fruit sweetness thanks to breathing./ Yes, soft and sweet after long aeration. No typical 12 resistence. Valid claret all right. And a bargain. 90/100.
How Many: 8.99 each

s0905-188. 12 CHATEAU VRAI CAILLOU LES VIGNES DE LA GARENNE, BORDEAUX
Vignes de la Garene. Famille Pommier. 70% merlot, 20% cabernet franc, 10% cabernet sauviugnon. Rich, with seemingly some wood spice, but it’s not barrel aged. Great texture./ Yes, texture, taste, volume, ‘wood’, fine tannin, all. Certainly up to the delicious 2010. 92+/100.
How Many: 9.99 each

s0905-189. 12 CHATEAU BOUSCAUT, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN BLANC
Decanter - Best 2012 Pessac-Leognan blanc; Parker 94: ‘Tasted blind at the Southwold 2012 tasting. I adored the 2012 Bouscaut Blanc from barrel, but nothing prepared me for how brilliantly it is performing in bottle. To put that into perspective, tasted blind against the likes of Haut Brion Blanc and La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc, when average scores were totted up, this came out on top by some margin. It has a vivacious bouquet with vibrant lime flower, Granny Smith apple, dandelion and lemon peel that is intense and wonderfully focused. It is difficult not to love these aromatics. The palate is very well balanced, intense with good body, the acidity perfectly judged, and yet the overall impression is one of a white Bordeaux with a seriously long and healthy future ahead. This is seriously fine. Tasted January 2016.’
How Many: 44.99 each

s0905-190. 12 CHATEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIERE, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN BLANC
Parker 94: ‘Tasted blind at the Southwold 2012 tasting. The 2012 Malartic-Lagravière Blanc has a very attractive bouquet, armed with expressive Sauvignon Blanc scents: gooseberry, greengage and a touch of honeysuckle. The palate is clean and fresh with a veneer of oak that will be subsumed with time. I appreciate the balance and poise of this wine, that dab of ginger on the finish that leaves the tongue tingling long after the wine has gone. What a fantastic, life-affirming, damn delicious white Bordeaux from the estate - this comes highly recommended. Tasted January 2016.’
How Many: 69.95 each

s0905-191. 12 L’ESPRIT DE DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER GRAND CRU BLANC, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Second wine of Domaine de Chevalier Grand Cru. 70% sauvignon blanc, 30% semillon; selection made by barrel, not vine age. High toned semillon lemon curd and sauvignon lime and grass in perfect harmony./ Semillon padding, sauvignon flair. Richly concentrated, rightly balanced. Brisk finish. A beauty. Unmistakably Chevalier. 95+/100.
How Many: 42.99 each

s0905-192. 12 CHATEAU MAGENCE , GRAVES BLANC
Fresh and well built and good. Mineral./ Fine citricity, acid, and bitters. Traditional Graves blanc that stands the test of time. 91/100.
How Many: 12.99 each

s0905-193. 12 CHATEAU PINEAU DU REY, SAUTERNES half bottle
Second wine of 2me Grand Cru Chateau Filhot. Lightly sweet pineapple aroma. Filhot filigreed, delicate. Honey and citrus follow./ Very sweet, with good acid foil. Long aftertaste of honey, pineapple, citrus. 93+/100.
How Many: 14.99 each

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