Barrel sample. Fruity and spicy, this is a fine, attractively fruity wine. While it doesn't have great weight, it has a core of dry tannins and a dark structure that suggests good aging for the future. (RV)
Blackberry, blueberry and freshly sliced mushroom aromas follow through to a full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Better in 2017.
The 2012 de Pez opens with distinctly savory, ferrous notes. Rose petal, scorched earth, cedar and tobacco are all super-expressive in the glass. Firm tannins give the wine much of its energy and overall tension. The tannins are a bit burly and in need of time to settle down. This dark, brooding Saint-Estèphe could turn out to be one of the surprises of the year. (AG)
By a small but significant margin the fruitiest of the three Saint-Estèphes in the month's review, this nicely composed offering fundamentally stays within the tight, tannic lines its provenance prescribes, yet it shows a bit of curranty concentration as it does. Although its finishing astringency attests to its 'place' and is enough to make drinking a bit difficult now, its toughness will ease and become an acceptable, less-dissuasive stamp of terroir in another three to five years.
Superb colour, good concentrated Cabernet nose with spicy black-fruit Merlot, a robust wine with lots of elegance to come.
This famous property, now owned by the Roederer Champagne House, has produced an opaque ruby/purple wine that offers juicy blackcurrants, black cherries, earth, spice, medium body, excellent concentration and depth, with moderate but ripe tannins in the finish. Drink it over the next 15 or more years. This is very successful St.-Estèphe and a sleeper of the vintage. (RP)
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