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2012 Saint Estèphe

Grapes Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Estèphe
ABV 13.5%

Made by the Montrose team. 57% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. 30-40% new wood. Proper claret nose. Silky supple and smooth. Fine black fruit nicely restrained crunch but not austere in anyway. On the palate some lovely high-toned spice, quite firm cherry-black and even blueberry fruit. Stays fresh and harmonious. Rating: 90 L&S (Apr 2013)

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In 2012, the Petit Verdot did not receive complete ripeness and so it was almost entirely demoted into the Second wine. The nose is quite elegant and refined with blackberry, cassis and just a touch of pencil shaving – quite Pauillac in style. The palate is nicely balanced on the entry, fresh in the mouth with that graphite note evident at Cos d’Estournel. It is a masculine wine with good structure on the finish, if not quite the length of previous vintages. Fine, but somehow conservative and it drops away quite rapidly. Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, 2013)

The 2012 Tronquoy-Lalande is composed of 57% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and tiny dosages of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. A sleeper of the vintage, this dense ruby/purple-hued, medium to full-bodied effort exhibits plenty of creme de cassis, spring flower, forest floor and crushed rock-like characteristics. Loaded with fruit, with a long, velvety finish, it should drink nicely for 10-15 years. 2013 - 2028 Rating: 88-90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2013)

This Château Montrose-owned property has made a rich and pretty dense wine for the vintage with bags of colour and serious tannins. But beneath the carapace, this is a wine with some finesse, showing chalky minerality and enough cassis and black cherry fruit for balance. Drink: 2020-28. Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, 2013)

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