2012 Clairault "Estate" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (Black Label) (Previously $30) SKU #1333443

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DC 95 JH 95 JS 92
WE 91
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K&L Notes

92 points Wine Front: "Perfumed style - which is one of the many good things about Margaret River Cabernet. Dark chocolate, bay leaf and some mint, dark berries, currant and dark cherry with a little vanilla over the top. Medium bodied, ripe fruit - just on the edge of over-ripe flavours really, but in a pleasant dark chocolaty way - sweep of fine grained tannin and satisfying length. Smooth. Very good drinking."

Staff Reviews

  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    This Cabernet Sauvignon offers a lot wine for this price. It is ready to drink and enjoy now with big lush round dark fruit flavors that are supported and given balance by some savory and spice notes. It has a nice dry crisp finish and will go well with hearty foods.
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    A most excellent Margaret River Cabernet, the 2012 Clairault Estate Black Label is unequivocally lauded by critics and connoisseurs alike. Both savory and ripe fruited, this is a wine with firm tannins and a broad palate that will cellar quite well. More dark fruited than red, the wine exudes old world sophistication with new world energy: aromas of dried tobacco and clove commingle with flavors of graphite, black currant and boysenberry, leading to a very dry, powerful finish.
  • Joe Bruno
    By: Joe Bruno
    K&L Staff Member
    2012 was a great vintage in the Margaret River, quite classic in style and expression. The wines are bolder than in 2011 but tend to be more consistent in quality across the region. This 2012 Estate Cuvee is a quintessential Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon; a lovely nose of blackcurrant, dark cherry, plum, and prune. A hint of eucalyptus as well. On the palate, the wine possesses fantastic balance. A nicely lifted red wine, with a good amount of verve and lift. Flavors of ripe and dried plums and dark cherries, as well as eucalyptus once more. Lovely texture; a nicely nuanced expression of Western Australian terroir. One of my favorite Cabernet Sauvignon's in store for under $50
    Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2025
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    In a stacked line up of top notch Margaret River Cabernet this wine from Clairault took out the top honors in Decanter's panel tasting. One sip of this beauty and you'll see why. Selected exclusively from the estate's oldest vines from the original plantings in 1976, this is a perfect rendition of why Margaret River has become synonymous with classic Cabernet the world over. Dark brooding fruits, plum and cassis mingle with subtle camphor and cigar box notes, graphite, sandalwood and mint. Medium-full bodied with super fine but present tannins and elongating acidity drive the wine across the palate. Stylistically dissecting powerful, modern Cabernet and classic, refined Bordeaux - this wine has it all. Drink now with an hours decant or keep in the cellar for anytime over the next 15 years. Exceptional vale.
    Drink from 2018 to 2030
  • Brian Fogarty
    By: Brian Fogarty
    K&L Staff Member
    A pretty, well structured wine that showcases both the perfection of the 2012 vintage and the oldest vines on the Clairault Estate. The bouquet opens first as warm cherry and raspberry pie and then quickly builds in darker secondary aromas of blackberry and black cherry. Tertiary notes abound with herbaceous spearmint, fresh bay leaf, vanilla bean and white pepper. The complexity of the bouquet and continuous evolution were playful and brilliant in the glass. On the palate the wine is round and full bodied. Dark chocolate and cassis now enter the picture with vanilla playing a bigger role and the herbs certainly persist. There is a clear harmony from the winemaker’s skill to balance fruit richness and acidity, expose medium ripe tannins and leave you with a persistent finish. Side note: the wine is under a new modern style screw cap that is heftier than those I’ve seen is the past; a more serious closure for a refined wine.
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    This is yet another example of the restrained, polished and classy Cabernets being produced in the Margartet River. There in an effortless flow between the ripe dark fruit profile, savory and spicy notes and the persistent and classy finish. This execution of balance and precision for under $30.00 is rare.
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    There is just so much good Cabernet coming out of Western Australia these days at such good prices that no Cabernet lover can afford to ignore it. The 2012 Clairault Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Black Label offers classic appeal with a hint of mint on the nose and ripe, sweet red and black fruits. Superb balance and fine tannins make this eminently drinkable and approachable Cab the perfect choice to accompany dinner tonight.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    The older vine age of the grapes used in this wine are really showcased here with the richness and concentration of fruit in this Cab. It's not hard to see why this is a top wine for Clairault and the high scores are well deserved on this one. This is truly a "wow" wine with great backbone and length and the softness of deep fruit and slight French oak influence to complement it. The few years of age it has already seen make it delicious now and the price point makes it within the reach of every Cab lover.
    Top Value!
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    A very elegant and focused Cabernet, with the poise of a St. Julien and the cool ripeness that you would expect from Margaret River. The nose is all red fruits backed with cedar-y spicey oak. There is nothing over done with this wine, everything works together seamlessly. The fruit and spice continue on the palate back by ripe dusty tannins. This is a wine for every Cabernet lover, new world and old/.


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