2012 in bottle by ROBERT PARKER, The Wine Advocate
We bought this vineyard in only 2008, and from relative obscurity (albeit great neighbours). It has just now been pronounced by ROBERT PARKER in his Bordeaux 2012 WINES OF THE VINTAGE – one of 2012’S ‘MOST BRILLIANT WINES’.
The rest of our wines were, as you would hope, not far behind.
I had thought this might be ‘the forgotten vintage’, but I don't think so. What stands out about the bottled 2012 Bordeaux is that they performed as well, if not better, than the barrel-tastings, which is always a great sign The ultimate truth is after bottling” Robert Parker.
VIEUX CHATEAU MAZERAT, Saint Emilion Grand Cru, 2012- POINTS 94
Another single vineyard wine from the high-rent district, surrounded by Canon, Angélus and Beauséjour-Duffau, Jonathan Malthus’ inky ruby/purple 2012 is wonderfully concentrated with a boatload of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit intermixed with licorice, vanillin, and spice. Some underlying minerality buttresses the wine’s medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. The tannins are sweet and soft, and the wine very impressive. Drink this blend of 66% Merlot and 34% Cabernet Franc over the next 15 or more years.
LE DOME, Saint Emilion Grand Cru, 2012 - POINTS 93
This St.-Emilion (1,000 cases), which has a very high percentage of Cabernet Franc (80%, which is much higher than Cheval Blanc or Ausone) has always been the flagship wine of proprietor Jonathan Maltus. The 2012 has a dense ruby/purple color and plenty of raspberry and blueberry fruit intermixed with spring flower garden notes, which are followed by a medium-bodied wine with stunning elegance, purity and minerality. It is not the biggest wine, but the quality of the fruit, the complex nuances, and overall equilibrium make for a very special Bordeaux to drink over the next 15 or so years.
LES ASTERIES, Saint Emilion Grand Cru, 2012 - POINTS 92
This single-vineyard wine emerges from 80-year-old vines that survived the brutal frost that destroyed much of the Right Bank in 1956. Very low yields produced a wine (only 450 cases) that is largely Merlot (80%) with some Cabernet Franc (20%) in it. Deep black and red currant fruit intermixed with spice box, earth and background forest floor and graphite make for a medium to full-bodied, rich, supple-textured, delicious St.-Emilion to drink over the next 10-12 years.
LE CARRE, Saint Emilion Grand Cru, 2012 - POINTS 91
Overlying deep limestone, this vineyard sits at the entrance to the medieval village of St.-Emilion. The 2012 (80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc) is rich and full-bodied, with intense minerality, good acidity, plenty of black cherry, raspberry and brambleberry fruit, and a briary Zinfandel-like character intermixed with the crushed rock and spice. This is an impressively endowed St.-Emilion. Drink it over the next 12-15 years.
CHATEAU LAFORGE, Saint Emilion Grand Cru, 2012 - POINTS 89
Another of the boutique properties from proprietor Jonathan Maltus, Laforge is essentially an unfiltered, very old vine Merlot of St.-Emilion. In 2012, the blend is 92% of the Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. With loads of juicy Chinese black tea, kirsch and raspberry notes, a lush, heady, medium-bodied texture, light tannin and a plump, opulent mouthfeel and finish, this is a sexy St.-Emilion to drink over the next 7-8 years.
CHATEAU TEYSSIER, Saint Emilion Grand Cru, 2012 - POINTS 87
Teyssier offers a soft, easygoing, consumer-friendly style of St.-Emilion that is mostly Merlot with a touch of Cabernet Franc in it. The wine exhibits berry fruit, herbs, spice, moderate concentration and light tannins. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.