I was also able to taste the 2012 Les Demoiselles with Stephan for this report. It’s a unique blend of 80% Mourvèdre and 20% Syrah that was brought up in 40% new barrels. Still youthful and vibrant, it offers classic notes of ripe red and black fruits, new leather, underbrush, and ample earthy/mineral-like notions. This full-bodied, layered, beautifully texture effort has opened up beautifully since release and is drinking great today. It has at least another decade or longevity.
Another smoking effort is the 2012 Cuvee Les Demoiselles, which is 80% Mourvedre and 20% Syrah that was aged in 40% new French oak. It sports an inky purple color to go with brilliant notes of black cherry, earth, licorice and big minerality on the nose. One of the more tight, backward and reserved 2012s from the estate, it has full-bodied richness and superb concentration, but needs another year or three to open up and flesh out. It should have an easy 12-15 years of overall longevity. Unfortunately, there are only five barrels of this to go around. (JD) 95+
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