A blend of 48% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc, the 2012 Flying Pig is one of the Bordeaux blends of the vintage. Offering lots of cassis, graphite, chocolate, violet and floral notes, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, fine-grained tannin and stunning length. Like the majority of Christoph's 2012s, it's structured, tight and backward, and needs short-term cellaring. (JD)
(from en Cerise and Cailloux vineyards; aged in 50% new oak, mostly puncheons): Healthy medium red. Very ripe aromas of dark berries, olive tapenade and smoked meat. Silky, subtle and sweet, boasting a seamless texture and wonderful precision to its flavors of raspberry, meat, spices and olive. Finishes with utterly suave tannins. The most stylish vintage to date for this bottling, which has gained in refinement in recent years. (ST)
Merlot (48%) blends with Cabernet Franc (40%) and Cabernet Sauvigon on this earth-laden wine. Aromas of funk, earth, peat, savory herbs and dark flowers lead to soft, sweet, smoky flavors. The texture and richness keep the interest high. (SPS)
Soft and fleshy, round and inviting, with peach and apricot overtones to dark berry and chocolate flavors, lingering well against refined tannins. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. (HS)
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