Bordeaux 2012 - Wines Released To Date

Bordeaux 2012 ReleasesFull tasting notes on the 2012 vintage, written by our Master of Wine, Nicola Arcedeckne-Butler are listed below. As a wine is released onto the market, we will update this page with prices so please keep re-visiting the site for the latest news. To request a wine, simply click on the wine name to send us an e-mail, or for an immeditate response, please contact your salesman directly (details below) or call the office on 01353 721 602.

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Château Haut Gay, Bordeaux Supérieur 2012
Price in 2010 £70; Price in 2011: £60
Vibrant red black to the rim, not intense, with a nose of tarry black and red fruits, creamy with some cedar and grilled notes behind, leading to a tightly fruited palate of fresh berry fruit, sweet and tarry, juicy and fresh with a vibrant finish. Simple pleasure! From 2015

£58
Château Beaulieu, Bordeaux Supérieur 2012
Price in 2010: £80; Price in 2011: £75
Dense purple red to the rim with a nose of lovely, edible red fruits, tight and more restrained that the Haut Gay, sweet and prettily fruited. Again, more restrained on the palate with a touch more tannic backbone, lovely Cabernet fruit, crunchy and fresh, really delicious and well made. From 2015
£65
Château Carignan, Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux 2012
Price in 2010: £80; Price in 2011: £72
Dense purple black to the rim, vibrant and not opaque, with a tight, sweetly fruited nose of spiced black fruits, alluring but not obvious. Sweet, ripe, concentrated black fruits on the palate, fresh and juicy too with hints of sloe and perfume with fine ripe tannins in the background, very modern and very tasty. From 2015
£69
Château Carignan PRIMA, Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux 2012
Dense purple black with a gorgeously fresh nose of spice, violets, grilled new wood, very alluring in a modern, upfront way. Dense big black fruits on the palate, crushed black berries, tight with a hint of spice behind, toasty grilled and creamed with ripe tannins and a long, sweet finish. A real success. From 2016
£99
Clos Puy Arnaud, Côtes de Bordeaux Castillon 2012
Price in 2010: £195; Price in 2011: £170
Vibrant purple black, semi-opaque and almost fluorescent purple on the rim – so alive! Intense spiced black-skinned fruit on the nose, primary, with hints of sloe and crushed damsons, leading to a intensely spiced palate of black fruits overlaid with mocha, with significant, very supple tannins behind, going to a long, evolving finish. Quite delicious. From 2016
£165
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Château Picque Caillou, Pessac-Léognan 2012
Price in 2010: £130; Price in 2011: £120
Deep red black, not opaque, to the rim with a nose of fresh black fruit, tarry and sappy, mouth-watering, leading to a spiced, mulberry fruited palate, fresh and heady with substantial, ripe tannins behind and going to a long, sweet finish. Good wine. From 2016

£127
Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan 2012
Price in 2010: £580; not offered in 2011
Deep purple black to the rim with a nose of sappy black fruit, perfumed with violets and a hint of cedar and spice. Broad black and red fruits on the palate, sweet, rich and toasty yet fresh at the same time, with substantial ripe tannins masked by the fruit going to a long, rich, grilled finish. Delicious and always underestimated. From 2016
£350
Château Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Léognan 2012
Not offered in 2010 or 2011
Dense purple black, semi-opaque, with a nose of plummy black-skinned fruit – sloe, damson – ripe, perfumed and fresh. Sweet black fruit on the palate underscored by substantial, ripe, balanced tannins, fresh and spiced with lovely depth and length, a return to form for an old favourite. From 2016
£350

Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Grand Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan 2012
Price in 2011: £500
Dense purple black with a gorgeously spiced nose of black fruits overlaid with pain d’epice, coffee and mocha, sweet and full, leading to a sweet, warm black fruited palate with substantial ripe, integrated tannins going to a balanced, spiced, aromatic finish. Stunning. From 2016

£465
 

Château Pape Clement Rouge, Grand Cru Classé Pessac Léognan 2012
Price in 2010: £1,120; Price in 2011: £635
Deep purple black, semi-opaque, with a nose of sweet, sappy, cedary dark fruit, rich depth of aroma, some plums. Dense black fruit on the palate, extracted but not over the top as has been the case in previous years, sweet, sappy, dense with marked tannins and cedar and spice on the finish. From 2017
£560

Château La Mission Haut Brion, Pessac-Léognan 2012
Price in 2010: £3,500; Price in 2011: £1,265
62% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep purple black with a deliciously alluring nose of creamed black fruits overlaid by brioche, cedary, intense and sweet, yet restrained too. Massive creamed black fruit on the palate, sweet and tarry, intense, toasty and challenging to taste with very big tannins behind; unforgiving at this stage but then bowing out with a fabulously long, rich, evolving, mineral finish. A wine for the future. From 2018

£840

Per 6x75cl

Château Haut Brion, 1er Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan 2012
Price in 2010: £4,000; Price in 2011: £1,950
65.5% Merlot, 32.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc
Deep red black, a very different colour to la Mission. Gorgeously alluring nose of creamy, toasty black fruit, tarry, spiced and savoury, with hints of sloe and myrtle. Dense, smooth, supple black fruits on the palate, intense with fresh racy fruit and substantial tannins completely masked by the gorgeously alluring fruit; dense, layered, with a long, evolving finish – very overt at this stage but with spectacular concentration for the longer term. From 2018

£1,400

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Château Angludet, Margaux 2012
Price in 2010: £249; Price in 2011: £198
Deep purple black, semi-opaque with a nose of tight, fumey black-skinned fruit – sloe and damson – spiced and perfumed, leading to a soft, supple palate of ripe, grilled black fruits, mocha and sloe with edibly ripe tannins going to a long, sweet finish. Lovely wine. From 2016

£180

Château Rauzan Gassies, 2ème Cru Classé Margaux 2012
Price in 2010: £425; Price in 2011: £305
Deep purple black, semi-opaque with a nose of sweet, spirity heady fruits, not overt but alluring, leading to a palate of cool black fruit with structured, substantial but balanced tannins and fine, racy fruit on top, going to a really long, evolving finish. This is a property really on the up, and it shows in this difficult vintage. From 2017
£285
Château Giscours, 3ème Cru Classé Margaux 2012
Price in 2010: £530; Price in 2011: £320
Red black to the rim, not opaque, with a nose of fumey black fruits, toasty (but not oaky), attractive and complex, leading to a palate of cool black fruits, sweet and ripe with quite angular tannins at this stage, primary and savoury going to a sweet, balanced finish which evolves and expands. From 2016
£300
Château Brane Cantenac, Margaux 2012
Price in 2010: not offered; Price in 2011: £340
Deep purple black to the rim, semi-opaque, with a nose of tight, crushed black fruits, intense and juicy, leading to a densely fruited palate of ripe black fruits, sloe and black berries underpinned by substantial, ripe tannins, beautifully balanced, sweet and ripe to a supple, long, toasty and evolving finish.  Really fine effort. From 2016
£335
Blason d'Issan, Margaux 2012
Price in 2010: £180; Price in 2011: not offered
Deep vibrant black red to the rim with a tight nose of fresh, primary blackcurrant fruit, not overt, leading to a dense, sweet palate of ripe black fruits, fresh and sappy with a distant grilled note, warm and creamy going to a long finish. Deliciously approachable. From 2016
£160
Château d’Issan, 3ème Cru Classé Margaux 2012
Price in 2010: £570; Price in 2011: £355
Dense purple black to the rim, not opaque, with a nose of sweet blackcurrant fruit, heady, spiced and very tight. On the palate big black fruit on entry, soft and supple with lovely tension and substantial, ripe tannins behind, going to a deliciously toasty, red berry finish which goes on and on. Silky and refined, another really good success from d'Issan. From 2017
£310
Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux 2012
Price in 2010: £525
Dense, semi-opaque purple black with a nose of perfumed black fruits, smoky, dense and very attractive, leading to a densely fruited palate, almost tactile, with perfumed, savoury black fruits, rich and creamed with beautifully subtle tannins and a long, evolving finish which broadens and grows. Atypically in this vintage, this is a second wine which has the class of a first. From 2017
£425
Château Palmer, 3ème Cru Classé, Margaux 2012
Price in 2010: 1,250; Price in 2011: not offered
Dense purple black with a nose of sappy black fruit, tighter and less expressive than the Alter Ego, racy, leading to a mouth-coatingly sweet palate on entry, fresh, juicy and saline, rich and layered with cedar and spice behind with substantial, beautifully constructed tannins going to a sweet, long, velvety finish. From 2018
£855

Per 6x75cl
Château Rauzan Ségla, 2ème Cru Classé Margaux 2012
Price in 2011: £635
Deep purple black to the rim with a spirity, vinous nose of tight black fruits, racy but very reined in, some distant creamed black notes. On the palate sweet, cool, crushed black fruits, some tar and perfume but again very restrained, with supple, substantial ripe tannins behind, lovely depth, layered, consistent throughout the palate and persistent on the rich, structured finish. Really well made wine. From 2017
£425
 

Château Margaux, 1er Cru Classé Margaux 2012
Price in 2010: £4,100; Price in 2011: £1,950
Deep, obscure red black, not quite opaque, with a nose of crunchy Cabernet fruit, some cassis and black-skinned fruits, perfumed, mineral with a hint of herbs. Gorgeously constructed on the palate, with layered red and black fruits, mocha and coffee and toasty new wood in the background, rich and sweet with beautiful power and the super-ripe tannins only appearing right at the very end. On the finish it is sweet, layered, beautifully fruited, rich and long. Muted power. From 2018

£1,400

Per 6x75cl

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Clos du Marquis, St Julien 2012
Price in 2010: £430; Price in 2011: not offered
Deep purple black to the rim with a nose of sappy, spiced, warm red berry fruits, a hint of crème pâtissier overlaid with fresh leafy notes. Crunchy red berries on the palate, subdued initially, with fine ripe, unobtrusive tannins, layered and going to a chewy, red fruit finish. From 2016

£320
Château Talbot, 4ème Cru Classé St Julien 2012
Price in 2010: £475; Price in 2011: £285
Deep purple black, semi-opaque with a nose of tight, black fruit, feral with some spice and cream behind, leading to a creamed black fruit palate, extracted with fine creamy notes, tannins initially seem intrusive but the finish is long and beautifully fruited. A paradox at present. From 2016
£305
Château Langoa Barton, 3ème Cru Classé St Julien 2012
Price in 2010: £530; Price in 2011: £345
Deep red black to the rim with bold black fruits on the nose, sweet, ripe and expressive (very, given its youth), lovely aromas. Big, burly black fruit on the palate, sweet and tarry with hints of grilled new wood behind, fine density with good, structured tannins behind, herby too with a lovely long finish. Almost a caricature but deliciously attractive too. From 2016
 £330
Château Léoville Barton, 2ème Cru Classé St Julien 2012
Price in 2010: £850; Price in 2011: £490
Deep purple black to the rim, not opaque, with a nose of black tarry fruit, cassis, sloe and some distant grilled new wood, intense. On the palate dense black red fruits, expressive but not as forceful as the nose, with substantial ripe tannins behind the sweet fruit and just balancing it out, with spice and black fruits on the long, evolving finish. Currently a touch un-knit but with all the right ingredients. From 2017
£490
Château Léoville Las-Cases, 2ème Cru Classé St Julien 2012
Price in 2010: £2,225; Price in 2011: £1,050
Dense purple black right to the rim with a gorgeously spiced nose of creamed, mouth-watering black-skinned fruit, almost voluptuous, leading to an imposing palate of spiced, creamed black fruits, with substantial, ripe tannins behind, very overt at present, primary, with a finish which starts quietly and builds up over the next few minutes – very impressive. From 2018
 £960
Château Ducru Beaucaillou, 2ème Cru Classé St Julien 2012
Price in 2010: £1,765; Price in 2011: £800
There is a very high proportion of Cabernet in Ducru this year (91% compared to last year’s 85%). Deep purple to the rim, semi-opaque with a rich, spiced nose of creamed black fruits, crunchy Cabernet notes to the fore, sloe and mulberry, very primary. On the palate smooth, creamy black fruits again with hints of cedar and grilled notes, toasty and rich and truly full on the palate with substantial, supple tannins behind going to a long, structured, sweet finish of black, fresh fruits. From 2017
£765
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Château Lacoste Borie, Pauillac 2012
Price in 2010: £182; Price in 2011: £155
Purple black to lighter on the rim with a nose of sweet, sappy black fruits with hints of cedar and warm blackcurrant. On the palate fresh, plumpish, sweet black fruits, light tannins behind, fresh with a leafy touch going to a sweetly fruited, pretty finish. Truly alluring. From 2015

£160
Château d'Armailhac, 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac 2012
Price in 2011: not offered
Purple black to a firm rim with a nose of primary, perfumed, exotic black fruits, tight and leafy. On the palate rich black fruits overlaid by spice and a touch of new wood, creamy and pretty with supple tannins behind going to a sweet, smooth finish. Not an intellectual wine but it will be very lovely to drink. From 2015
£295
Château Haut Batailley, 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac 2012
Price in 2010: £330; Price in 2011: £255
Deep purple black to the rim with a nose of sweet black fruits, spiced with a hint of crème pâtissière, very sweet and ripe. Juicy black fruits on the palate, with some refreshing Cabernet notes, soft and supple with ripe tannins in the background, toasty and sweet with a gorgeously long finish with cedar and spice right to the end. Harvesting here finished a day later than anticipated thanks to implementation of an age-old law about consecutive days work, so the last day caught a bit of rain – but apparently with no adverse effects. A real success. From 2015

£250

Echo de Lynch Bages, Pauillac 2012
Price in 2010: £300; Price in 2011: £255
Deep, dense black, not quite opaue, solid to the rim. Tight, dusty and stony black fruits on the nose, plums, with a palate of lovely tarry black fruit, with juicy, stalky Cabernet notes, very Pauillac – pencil lead, blackcurrant – sweet with fine ripe tannins and a nice zip of acidity going to a sweet, mid-length finish, nicely layered. Slightly lacks gravitas (but at the price perhaps we expect too much) – will give good drinking pleasure in 8-10 yrs. For us, however, there are better wines which would fit the bill at this price point. From 2016
£255

Château Clerc Milon, Pauillac 2012
Price in 2011: £395
Deep purple with a very primary black fruited nose with notes of tar, heady and crunchy but very restrained too, leading to a  palate of lively, fresh black fruits, initially tight and almost raw, very unforgiving at this stage but with complex fruit behind the ripe, structured tannins and going to a gorgeously pure, ripe, creamed black fruit finish which shows the way the wine is going. From 2016

£360
Château Grand Puy Lacoste, 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac 2012
Price in 2010: £670; Price in 2011: £420
Very deep purple black to the rim, intense, with a nose of tight black and red fruits and hints of myrtle, closed but alluring. Sweet black fruits on the palate, fresh and pretty, with substantial tannins behind, mineral and spiced with a lovely cool, fresh, mineral finish. One of buyer Nicola Arcedeckne-Butler MW’s favourite wines for sheer balance. From 2017
£345
Château Pontet Canet, Pauillac 2012
Price in 2010: £1,200; Price in 2011: £720
Deep, dense purple black right to the rim with a gorgeous nose of primary black fruits, sweet and tarry, ripe and voluptuous, spiced and exotic. Dense black-skinned fruits on the palate, sloe and damson, floral and almost overt with hints of wild herbs. Deeply fruited on the palate with substantial, very ripe tannins behind, not as mouth-coating as in previous years but substantial nonetheless, with hints of mocha on the long finish. Powerful and almost ethereal, this is truly gorgeous. From 2017

£690

 

Château Lynch Bages, 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac 2012
Price in 2010: £1,200; Price in 2011: £750
Deep, dense, dark in colour with a tightly fruited nose, with hints of black fruits and orange peel, savoury, mineral and stalky. Sweet, smooth and almost silky on the palate at first, with some primary black fruits behind, substantial ripe tannins, very Pauillac, going to a rich, fresh, long finish. An exciting wine with all the right ingredients. From 2016
£690
Château Pichon Lalande, 2ème Cru Classé Pauillac 2012
Price in 2010: £1,625; Price in 2011: £780
Deep, dense black red to the rim, not opaque, with a nose of tight black and red fruits, primary with hints of black currant and hot stone. Gorgeously sweet black fruits on the palate, dense and tongue-coating with mineral notes behind, perfumed with some substantial tannins behind going to a long, persistent finish. Samples here are only taken from the new barrels, although the final wine will be a blend of new and older barrels; notwithstanding this the oak does not figure strongly on tasting. From 2017
£630
Château Pichon Longueville Baron, 2ème Cru Classé Pauillac 2012
Price in 2010: £1,550; Price in 2011: £790
Dense, semi-opaque purple black to the rim with a nose of ripe, black fruits, fumey and tarry with notes of blackcurrant and glycerine. Mouth-coating on the palate, again the fumey black fruits, sweet and intense with hints of mulberry and sloe, and a savoury note too, going to a deliciously intense, evolving finish. Very fine. From 2017
£695

Château Mouton Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé Pauillac 2012
Price in 2010: £3,950; Price in 2011: £1,900
Deep purple black, not opaque, with a very tight nose of sweet, grilled and toasty black fruits, high-toned, leading to a palate of sweet black fruits, rich, densely layered and intense with ripe tannins behind, spiced with hints of cinnamon, going to a finish which grows and evolves; very elegant, classic and tight right to the finish. From 2017

£1,400

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Château Lafite, 1er Cru Classé Pauillac 2012
Price in 2010: £6,125; Price in 2011: £2,650
Deep, intense to the rim, not opaque, with a nose of dense, black-skinned fruit, dusty and mineral with hints of leaf and underbrush. Sweet black fruit on the palate, smooth and glossy with sweet, substantial tarry tannins behind going to a long finish – currently lacking some charm but with spiced fresh fruits on the finish. From 2017

£1,950

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Château Capbern Gasqueton, St Estèphe 2012
Price in 2010: £145; Price in 2011: £135
Vibrant ruby red to the rim with a nose of juicy black fruits, some floral notes, overlaid with cedar and spice, uncomplicated and very pretty. On the palate juicy red fruits, sappy with fresh, light tannins behind, good depth, very classic with a lovely finish. Simple pleasure! From 2015
£130

Château Ormes de Pez, St Estèphe 2012
Price in 2010: £240; Price in 2011: £210
Deep, dense purple black, semi-opaque with a nose of dusty black-skinned fruits, plums and sloes, with distant spice, perfumed. On the palate intense, perfumed, chunky black fruits, with high extract and substantial tannins, ripe, mineral and long on the finish. Overt but very tasty. From 2015

£200
Château Phelan-Ségur, St Estèphe 2012
Price in 2010: not offered; Price in 2011: £250
Dense purple black, semi-opaque with tight black fruit on the nose, savoury with hints of blackcurrant, going to a broad palate of black-skinned fruit with substantial ripe tannins behind, lovely definition and structure with fresh black fruits on the finish and a hint of mocha. From 2016
£245
Château Lafon Rochet, 4ème Cru Classé St Estèphe 2012
Price in 2010: £355; Price in 2011: £270
Dense purple black, semi-opaque, with a savoury nose of alluring black fruits – blackcurrants – pure and fresh. The blackcurrant fruit continues on the palate, sweet yet savoury and fresh with fine, supple tannins behind, layered with lovely definition and a long, evolving finish. Complete. From 2016
£245
Château Calon Ségur, 3ème Cru Classé St Estèphe 2012
Price in 2010: £696; Price in 2011: £435
Deep purple black with dusty, dense black fruit on the nose, lightly spiced, mineral and very primary. On the palate once again fresh, primary crushed black-skinned fruit with a light floral hint and big, ripe tannins behind, rich, spiced, balanced with finely tuned power and a zip of fresh herbs on the long, pure finish. Really lovely wine. From 2016
£440

Château Montrose, St Estèphe 2012
Price in 2010: £1,550; Price in 2011: £780
Dense black red to the rim, with fumey, taut black fruits on the nose, hints of spice, incredibly restrained. Tight initially on the palate with substantial black fruits on entry, dense, intense and with really sweet black fruits underscored by substantial tannins, herby with a note of dried grass. At this stage, Montrose is verging on austere and currently lacking charm, but the really long, evolving finish shows that this is a wine that has got what it takes. From 2017

£640
Château Cos d’Estournel, St Estèphe 2012
Price in 2010: £2,180; Price in 2011: £1,190
Deep, obscure right to the rim, with a sweet, tarry nose of toasty cedar, grilled and marked by wood with some inky, raw black fruits behind. Cool black fruit on the palate, intense and spiced, monolithic but with more charm and balance than previous vintages, floral – rock rose – with exotic notes, going to an intense, evolving, spiced finish. A bit of an enigma which, if priced sensibly, will give some stimulating drinking in a few years’ time. From 2017
£960
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Domaine de Cambes, Côtes de Bourg 2012
Price in 2010: £295; Price in 2011: £295
Tasted after Tertre Roteboeuf and Roc de Cambes, we expected a whimper rather than a bang but that was not to be the case. Dense purple black, not opaque with a closed, black fruit nose, savoury and tight, leading to a dense red berry palate, tactile and sweet (yet no sugar remains in the wine – this is purely from the very ripe fruit) with smooth, subtle tannins behind going to a long, intense finish with evolving red fruits to the end. From 2015

 £295
Château  Roc de Cambes, Côtes de Bourg 2012
Price in 2010: £225; Price in 2011: £230
Deep red black to the rim with a nose of sweet, ripe black fruit, grilled with notes of mocha and even a very distant hint of coconut, spiced with  caraway and anise, really expressive. Dense, gorgeously layered spiced black fruits on the palate, again a note of caraway, rich, dark, black fruit with incredibly ripe, soft yet present tannins behind the fruit going to a long, concentrated finish. From 2016

£220

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Château Cap de Haut, Haut Médoc 2012
Price in 2011: £80
Bright ruby red to the rim, intense and vibrant, with a nose of sweet black and red fruits with hints of cinnamon and spice, very primary and deliciously attractive. Spiced, sweet black fruit on the palate, fresh, pure, clean and very tasty with supple tannins for backbone going to a toasty, supple, rich finish. Great fun. From 2015
£79

Château Mauvesin Barton, Listrac 2012
New listing for 2012
The first vintage when the Bartons had complete control of both vineyard and winemaking. Deep purple black to the rim with sappy, juicy red and black fruits on the nose, sweet and ripe, alluring. On the palate the same juicy black fruits with a lovely, mouth-watering structure, fine tannins going to a long, perfumed, succulent, fresh finish. Delicious for the medium term. From 2015

 £116
Château Beaumont, Haut-Médoc 2012
Price in 2010: £99; Price in 2011: not offered
Deep purple black, semi-opaque, with a nose of tight, fumey black fruits, crunchy and creamed blackcurrants, leading to a palate of soft black fruit, smooth and creamed with toasty, grilled notes behind, long on the finish. From 2015
£90
Château La Lagune, Haut-Médoc 2012
Price in 2010: £470; Price in 2011: not offered
Deep purple red with a nose of sappy new wood, black fruits, tarry and fresh, leading to a palate of juicy, tarry black fruits, slightly exotic notes behind, with hints of spice and a lovely, supple structure going to a long, fresh, evolving finish. Good effort. From 2016
£385
Château Belgrave, 5ème Cru Classé Haut-Médoc 2012
New listing for 2012
Deep, semi-opaque purple black to the rim with a tight nose of grilled black fruits, very closed, leading to a palate of gorgeously expressive juicy black fruits, smooth, sweet and fresh with hints of toasty new wood behind, lovely ripe, supple tannins and excellent balance with a long, fruited finish. Delicious. From 2016
 £190
Château Potensac, Médoc 2012
Price in 2010: £190; Price in 2011: Not offered
Deep red black with sappy, perfumed black fruit on the nose, morello cherry, spice and a hint of pencil lead. Soft and creamy on the palate initially, with tannins and acidity coming through to balance, spiced and complete with medium, fresh fruited finish. From 2016
£144
Château Cantemerle, 5ème Cru Classé Haut Medoc 2012
Price in 2010: £255, Price in 2011: Not offered
Dense purple black to the rim with a broad nose of sweet, grilled black fruits – blackcurrants – and a hint of orange peel. On the palate bold black fruit on entry, with grilled toasty notes behind, ripe and creamed with fine substantial tannins – beautifully poised in every direction, going to a long, toasty, evolving finish. Really good effort. From 2016
£208
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Ch Puy Blanquet, St Emilion Grand Cru 2012
Price in 2010: £132; Price in 2011: £110
Red black, not opaque, to the rim with a nose of sweet black fruit, tightly perfumed but restrained. On the palate the sweet black fruit is lightly spiced with fresh ripe tannins behind, supple but present, with lovely freshness going to a rich, tasty, chewy long finish. From 2015

£110

Petit Cantenac, Grand Cru St Emilion 2012
Price in 2010: £148; Price in 2011: £145
Also available in magnums (£155 per six), double magnums (£58 each) and imperials (£116 each)
85% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vibrant red black to lighter on the rim with a nose of tight, sappy black fruit, fresh but giving little away at this stage. Sweet, cool black fruit on the palate, with cedar and grilled notes behind, spiced and restrained with tannins all but masked by the fruit going to a rich, long finish. Will give great pleasure in a few years. From 2015
£155
Château Le Tertre de la Mouleyre, St Emilion Grand Cru 2012
Price in 2010: £195; Price in 2011: £175
Being organic, 2012 was a particularly challenging vintage for pocket handkerchief-sized Tertre de la Mouleyre, with mildew putting in an appearance right at the beginning of the growing season. Nonetheless, owner Eric Jeannetteau managed to keep his organic status and produce a delicious wine too, luckily for all of us. The assemblage had not been finalised when we tasted so an impromptu blend was made in the glass combining the new and old barrels. Deep red black right to the rim with a nose of creamy, tarry black fruit, primary, crushed black currants. Perfumed on the palate, floral with hints of violets, spiced, dense, rich and layered with fine tannins behind and a lovely racy bite of acidity to counteract the rich fruit, going to a long, creamed finish. Truly indulgent. From 2015
£180
Château Fonroque, Grand Cru Classé St Emilion 2012
Price in 2010: £220; Price in 2011: £180
Dense purple black, semi-opaque, with a nose of sweet, tarry black fruit, layered, spiced with a hint of morello cherries, expressive and very enticing. Intense smooth black fruits on the palate, creamed and mouth-watering, with fine, supple ripe tannins behind, spiced with a note of pain d’épice but definitely not sweet, going to a long, rich, grilled finish which evolves. Considering how challenging 2012 was for organic and bio-dynamic growers, this is all the more amazing for trumping many a conventionally grown offering. From 2016
£177
Clos Cantenac, Grand Cru St Emilion 2012
Price in 2010: £295; Price in 2011: £270
Also available in magnums (£285 per six), double magnums (£105 each) and imperials
(£215 each)
100% Merlot
Dense purple black right to the rim, semi-opaque, with a nose of tight, spiced, crushed black-skinned fruit, tarry and creamed, leading to a densely fruited palate, spiced and tarry again, fresh and grilled with a long, creamy finish with tannins only just discernible behind the rich fruit. A truly brilliant effort. From 2016
£275

Château Beau-Sejour Bécot, 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion 2012
Not offered in 2010 or 2011
Dense purple black to the rim with a nose of smoky black fruit, spiced, alluring with a hint of mineral too. Supple black fruits on the palate overlaid with spice and tar, mocha, rich with brilliant definition going to a long, rich, evolving finish with tannins scarcely visible. From 2017

£335
Château Clos Fourtet, 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion 2012
not offered in 2010 or 2011
A wine we haven’t followed in the past, but so good was it this year that, if the price is right, we felt it should not be missed. Deep, dense purple black with a nose of savoury Cabernet Franc, crunchy and tight, going to a cool, racy, black fruit palate, spiced and tarry with the ripe Cabernet Franc again to the fore, going to a long, grilled, evolving finish layered with supple tannins. Good wine. From 2017
£510
Château la Gaffelière, 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion 2012
not offered in 2010 or 2011
Vibrant red black, not opaque, with a foxy nose of savoury, creamy blackcurrant fruit, tight yet alluring too. Smooth, racy blackcurrant fruit on the palate, fresh and creamy again with fine, ripe tannins scarcely discernible behind, going to a long, spiced finish. Sublime, and likely to be one of the best value 1er Grand Cru Classés this year. From 2016
£360
Château Canon la Gaffelière, 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion 2012
Price in 2010: £695; Price in 2011: not offered
Deep purple black, not opaque with a stalky, plummy, black fruit nose, redolent of Cabernet Franc, with notes of cumin and other exotic spices. Cool black fruit on the palate, interestingly savoury yet very fresh and vibrant going to a lively, long, rich finish with hints of liquorice and tannins very subtly covered. From 2017
£435
Château Belair Monange, 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion 2012
Price in 2010: £560; Price in 2011: £370
Many customers were sad to learn that Château Magdelaine will no longer be produced as a separate wine but the vines have by no means been lost. They were added to the production of Belair Monange, now making up a third of the vineyard area. Vibrant black red right to the rim with a nose of primary red berry fruit underscored by some juicy black fruits, cedar and spice in the background and a lovely mineral zip of freshness. Dense, mouth-coating red fruit on the palate, sweet and tarry with substantial ripe tannins behind, almost sensuous without being flagrant, going to a long, evolving, spiced and grilled fruit finish which just goes on and on. This is spectacular. From 2017

£375

per 6x75cl

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Château le Tertre Roteboeuf, St Emilion Grand Cru 2012
Price in 2010: £645; Price in 2011: £645
Counterintuitive as ever, at Tertre Roteboeuf you taste the grand vin before the lesser wines, the theory being that each wine should be able to stand its own ground in any company. It certainly seemed the case with the 2012s. Dense purple black, intense to the rim with a nose of glorious deep, plummy black fruits, incredibly pure and creamed yet tight and elusive too. Deliciously plump tight black fruits on the palate, intense, rich and again plummy with very substantial, very ripe tannins behind, spiced and chewy and almost drinkable already. Long and rich, evolving on the palate, clearly not as massive a wine as the 2009 and 2010 but a huge success for 2012. From 2017
£625

per 6x75cl

Château Angélus, 1er Grand Cru Classé A St Emilion 2012
Price in 2010: £1,325; Price in 2011: £750
Dense purple black to the rim with a nose of sweet, sappy black fruit, perfumed with hints of sloe and some oriental spice. Dense, structured black fruits on the palate, fresh and really pure with lovely balanced tannins and good depth and breadth, going to a rich, long, evolving finish. Very good effort if the price is right. From 2018

£910

per 6x75cl

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Château Moulin Pey Labrie, Canon-Fronsac 2012
Price in 2010: £160; Price in 2011: £150
Dense, deep purple black right to the rim with a nose of crushed black fruits, sweet and primary, very heady fruits. On the palate juicy, primary black fruits – blackcurrant, sloe, damson – spiced and mouth-wateringly alluring. Super-ripe tannins behind, scarcely visible, with intense spice on the finish. From 2015
£145
   
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Château Les Vieux Ormes, Lalande de Pomerol 2012
New listing from 2012
Dense purple black to the rim with an attractive black fruit nose overlaid with some spice, slightly exotic yet refreshing too, leading to a sweetly fruited palate, juicy and ripe with hints of black cherry and rock rose with a really pretty, sweet, dusky black fruit finish. From 2015

£118

Château Fleur de Bouard, Lalande de Pomerol 2012
Not offered in 2010 and 2011
Deep purple black with some cooked black fruit on the nose, sweet and tight and giving little away at this stage. Dense black-skinned fruit on the palate – sloes in particular – fresh and redolent of crushed black fruit, savoury with good depth and length. Full of contrasts but with all the right ingredients. From 2015
£198
Château Plince, Pomerol 2012
Price in 2010: £265; Price in 2011: £218
Red black to the rim, not opaque but vibrant, with a nose of sweet, black cherry fruit, tarry and spiced, fresh and alluring. Lovely mouth-watering morello cherry on the palate, sweet and attractive red fruits, with a lovely leafy freshness and a long, spiced finish. From 2015
£215
Château Bourgneuf, Pomerol 2012
Price in 2010: £310; Price in 2011: £249
Dense red black to the rim with a nose of sweet black cherries, fresh and crunchy, going to a warm red fruit palate, supple, with racy tannins behind, deliciously stylish and verging on lush with a fine, long finish to balance. Very tasty. From 2016
£245
Château Guillot Clauzel, Pomerol 2012
Price in 2010: £375; Price in 2011: £275
Tasted after Vieux Château Certan and Le Pin, which is a lot for any property to measure up to – and it succeeded. Deep purple black, not opaque, with a nose of juicy, ripe Merlot, plummy with a hint of exotic spice behind. Deliciously dense red and black fruits on the palate, crunchy with a hint of dried grass, really ripe with a lovely contrast between the juicy fruits and the leafy crunch, grilled, sweet and toasty, very alluring and a step up from the 2011. Just 14 barrels made this year. From 2016
£270
Château Gazin, Pomerol 2012
Price in 2010: £575; Price in 2011: £465
Dense purple black to the rim with a black fruit nose, very slightly feral, plummy and spiced. Sweet, tarry black fruit on the palate, again with a lovely zip of spice, with substantial smooth, ripe tannins behind, a firm but beautifully balanced structure, sweet and fresh too going to a lingering, sweet, ripe finish. From 2016
£460
La Belle Connivence, Pomerol 2012
Price in 2010: £285; Price in 2011: £265
Deep, dense colour right to the rim with a nose of inky black fruit, intense, tarry and creamed, floral (roses) with dusty black skinned fruit behind. Smooth, creamed black fruits on the palate, plump with a fine, substantial tannic structure, racy too with lovely density and layers, savoury, juicy and ripe with a long finish. Surprisingly approachable already but with the wherewithal to evolve over the next few years. From 2016

£245

per 6x75cl

Château la Connivence, Pomerol 2012
Price in 2010: £650; Price in 2011: £595
Alluring deep purple black, intense right to the rim, with a nose of creamed black fruit, crushed blackcurrants, dusty, tarry and sweet yet very fresh too. Soft, structured black fruits on the palate, ripe and again creamed with lovely depth and breadth, spiced with a significant tannic structure behind, supple, sappy with a hint of grilled fruit and mocha behind going to a long, satisfying finish. Lovely wine. From 2017

£565

per 6x75cl
Château la Providence, Pomerol 2012
Price in 2010: £390; Price in 2011: £325
From the 2012 vintage, we are thrilled to be appointed by the Moueix family as one of the exclusive agents of la Providence in the UK. Dense red black, not opaque but dark and brooding, with a nose of tight, sweet black fruit, intense with hints of wet stone behind. Vibrant black fruits on the palate, dense but not impenetrable with fine, ripe, present tannins behind, toasty and rich going to a long, evolving yet incredibly restrained finish which grows and grows. Delicious. From 2017

£310

per 6x75cl

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Château Hosanna, Pomerol 2012
Price in 2010: £560; Price in 2011: £450
Deeper red black in colour with a very tight nose of smoky black fruits, spiced with hints of blackcurrant. On the palate stalky black fruits with hints of Cabernet Franc sappiness, sweet and tarry with notes of mocha and red cherry with tannins so subtle that you have to remind yourself to look for them, going to a gorgeously long, spiced, grilled finish. From 2017

£435

per 6x75cl

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Château La Fleur Pétrus, Pomerol 2012
Price in 2010: £865; Price in 2011: £495
Deeper, denser black red right to the rim, semi-opaque, with a palate of primary red berry fruit, beautifully ripe Merlot with some dried grass notes and a zip of stalky red fruit. Smooth red berries on the palate, ripe, rich, cool and poised with grilled notes behind, dense with superbly ripe, concealed tannins going to a beautiful long, rich, persistent finish. Edouard Moueix said that he toyed with the idea of putting this after Trotanoy in the tasting line-up, and it certainly trumped Trotanoy for us. From 2017 

 £490

per 6x75cl

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Château la Conseillante, Pomerol 2012
Price in 2010: £1,770; Price in 2011: not offered
Vibrant red black with a nose of sweet, blackcurrant fruit, juicy and really appealing, primary and fresh. On the palate sweet, intense, ripe black fruits, supple with lovely intensity, going to a very sweet finish, long and lingering with tannins present but scarcely marked. From 2017
£655
Château L’Evangile, Pomerol 2012
Price in 2010: £1,062 per six
93% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc
Dense red black with a nose of mineral, stony red fruit, floral with hints of violets and apricots, fresh, dense and racy. Fabulously complex on the palate right from the first taste, dense, rich, intense black fruits, again a floral note, the substantial tannins almost entirely masked by the fruit, sappy, with notes of plum, damson, black cherry underscored by spice, going to a long evolving, rich finish. Superb. From 2018

£575

per 6x75cl

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DRY WHITE BORDEAUX  
   
Château Picque Caillou Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (6 per case) 2012
Price in 2010: £70; Price in 2011: £65
Bright gold with a gorgeously alluring nose of sweet white fruits, citrus, specifically grapefruit but also with lemony tones. Linear, saline white fruit on the palate, fresh, mouth-watering and with a floral hint going to a deliciously approachable finish. From 2015

 £72

per 6x75cl

Blanc de Lynch Bages, Bordeaux 2012
Price in 2010: £130; Price in 2011: £125
This is the first year in which Lynch have used the Oxyline system which produces the effects of batonnage without allowing oxygen into the barrel by gradually rolling the barrel on a specially devised stand. Pale gold with a nose of catty white fruits, floral, nettles, plump and racy with some waxy notes behind, very alluring despite the youth, leading to a fresh, toasty palate of white stone fruits, plumper than the nose, grapefruit, citrus, honeyed with fine acidity to balance. Really sumptuous. From 2015

£130
per 6x75cl

Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, Pessac-Léognan 2012
not offered in 2010 or 2011
Pale gold with a primary, grapefruit nose with grilled white fruits behind, overt but attractively so, going to an intense, almost sweet, chewy white stone fruit palate, again grilled and overt but with delicious volume and a lovely long finish. Although unsubtle at this stage, it has beautiful balance for the future. From 2015
£640
Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, Pessac-Léognan 2012
Pale gold with a tightly fruited nose of grassy white fruits, fresh and quietly attractive with a distant grilled, toasty note. Sweet, ripe, plump white fruits on the palate, with lovely fresh acidity to balance, going to a fine, long, grilled finish. Really lovely wine. From 2015
£675
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SAUTERNES & BARSAC  
   
Much has been written about the quality of the sweet white wines in 2012 and whilst the dry whites are excellent and come highly recommended, we feel that there is greater value to be found in older vintages of the sweet wines. If you would like a quote for wines from previous, more successful vintages for this style of wine, please don't hesitate to let us know.  

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