2012 Pomerol

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
District Right Bank
Sub-district Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol
Village Pomerol

There is lovely weight here - but less tightly wound than many of these 2012s. The tannin is firm but the weight of fruit is in great balance - quite bright and restrained but finishes with persistence and great intensity. Seamless richness but still there's a side of cool dryness. Great success in the vintage. Rating: 91-91 L&S (Apr 2013)

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From an historic estate in Pomerol dating back to the 18th century, the 2012 Beauregard (70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc) is a successful effort. The wine is dense ruby/purple and shows loads of licorice, blackcurrant and black cherry in a dense, medium to full-bodied very pure, rich style. This is somewhat of a sleeper of the vintage in Pomerol and very noteworthy. This should drink well for 10-15 years. Drinking range: 2015 - 2030 Rating: 90-90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2015)

The nose has a black plum richness and the palate is sumptuous supple with fleshy black plum. There are some fresher fruits in the middle giving a slightly lighter feel on the back palate but the finish has the richness and sweetness of ripe plum. 2017-25 Rating: 89-92 Derek Smedley MW, 2013)

Fully saturated inky-purple. The initially closed nose displays strong mineral tones, then opens with aeration to show blackberry jam and cassis aromas. Fresh, sweet and supple, with blackcurrant and blackberry jam flavors complicated by sweet spices and incense. Smoothly tannic on the long finish, where an herbal edge adds interest. This excellent vintage for Beauregard includes less cabernet franc than usual in a tough year for the variety, and it appears that suitably small yields have made all the difference. Rating: 89-91 Ian d'Agata, 2013)

I was only given a tiny sample of this wine at the UGC (despite pleading for more – request declined.) It offers light black cherry and blueberry fruit on the nose – conservative and correct. There is a little flatness on the entry here where I was seeking brightness, but there is decent fruit on the finish that is just a little conservative at the moment. Rating: 86-88 Neal Martin, 2013)

Rich, sumptuous and flavoursome, this is a very enjoyable wine from a château that seldom gets the praise it deserves. Plush and textured with lifted aromas of kirsch and fresh flowers, this displays ripe plum and blackberry fruit, sweet, tannin and good oak integration. Drink: 2020-28. Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, 2013)

Deep dark crimson, purple rim. Ripe sweet damsons on the nose and blackcurrant cordial on the palate. Great harmony, firm texture, long finish. Just fresh enough. 2017-2024. Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2013)

Lighter Pomerol but finely crafted. Little more flesh than 2011. Drink: 2017 - 2026. Rating: 16.25 James Lawther MW, 2013)

Rating: 17 Matthew Jukes 2013)

Château Beauregard

Unusually for Pomerol, Château Beauregard has a rather fine château built in 1795 that they proudly display on the label. Rather than having a fine view – or beau regard – the estate is named after the Beauregard family who owned it in the 17th Century. Since acquisition by Vignobles-Foncier in 1991 the whole estate has been renovated, and all the Cabernet Sauvignon replaced with more suitable Merlot, and Beauregard has been set on an upward trajectory. The recent (2014) sale of the estate to the Moulin-Houzé family offers optimism for further improvement, not least because at the same time a minority share was taken by the Caithard family whose stewardship Château Smith Haut Lafitte has yielded great results. Sitting just east of the village of Catusseau, Beauregard is practically on the border with Saint Emilion and can boast Cheval Blanc as a near neighbour. The 17.5ha of vineyard are planted with 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc with the best vines being nearer the château on the Pomerol plateau and its more typical clay soil. The average age of the vines is around 35 years.

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