2012 Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Haut Médoc

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
District Left Bank
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Classification Cru Bourgeois Supérieur
ABV 12.5%

Tasted twice in Bordeaux and both times this impressed. 52% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot. Nice toasty oak on nose and some good gentle spice. This starts with great gloss and richness to the fruit, plummy and nice warm spice. Creamy, a bit modern and oaky, but the fruit is there and will absorb this. Well structured and lovely depth - finishes good and long with very fine tannin. Attractive and promising. Rating: 90-90 L&S (Apr 2013)

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The Cambon La Pelouse has a straightforward bouquet with light blackberry and briary scents that are safe and conservative. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy tannins on the entry, but it demonstrates better balance and poise on the middle and finish that I expected. This could turn out to be a fine Haut Medoc after bottling. Rating: 87-89 Neal Martin, 2013)

This fresh wine exhibits notes of cranberries, red and black cherries, forest floor and hints of white chocolate as well as background earth. An excellent texture and medium body suggest this sleeper of the vintage will drink well for 7-8 years. The consultant for this consistently fine Haut-Medoc is Hubert de Bouard. Yields were 36 hectoliters per hectare in 2012, and the final blend was 52% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. 2013 - 2021 Rating: 87-89 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2013)

Rating: 86 Tim Atkin MW, 2013)

Very dark. Rich and inky. Sinewy and more framework than fruit. Some spice and sweetness but not enough to make it particularly user friendly. Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2013)

Château Cambon la Pelouse

One of the longest-standing producers with exports to England dating back to the end of the 17th Century, the 38 hectare Château Cambon La Pelouse contributed substantially in the past to building the reputation in France and abroad of Médoc wines. The 35 hectare estate is on the outskirts of Macau and counts the Margaux estates of Giscours and Cantemerle as neighbours. With an average annual production of 250,000 bottles, the estate is planted 52% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot to a vine density of 7,000 vines per hectare with an average age of 30 years for the vines. The terroir is composed of sandy gravels which provides effective drainage. This ensures a consistent production of elegant medium-bodied wines which have been praised by Robert Parker as “one of my favorite estates from the southern part of the Medoc”.

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