Vintage - 2012, Bordeaux, Bier...
Maritime Bordeaux in the west of France is a large producer of quality wines. Although saying that there's a large gap between the top few who produce ultra-premium wines with hefty price tags (Lafite, Margaux, Y'Quem, Petrus….) and the rest of the field.
The Left Bank with its gravelly composition of soils is more suited to Cabernet Sauvignon while the Right Bank is made up more of clay and this is where Merlot and Cabernet Franc dominate (as they are earlier ripens and don't mind getting their feet wet). In the middle, the Entre Du Meurs provides a slew of whites and reds made for early drinking.
On the right bank outside of St Emilion and Pomerol, there are a lot of well-priced merlots made that are more for early consumption. These come from the satellite Bordeaux regions.
The English built up a thirst for the better Bordeaux reds which they have coined 'clarets'. These are often tucked away for a while in their cellars to age and drunk with a few years under their belts. But not all Bordeaux is built for aging, so choose wisely.
For whites, there are the crisp and easily quaffed whites from Entre De Meurs, or the more ambitious oak-aged Semillion Sauvignon blends from Pessac Legonan. The queen of dessert wines, Sauternes can also call Bordeaux home. French oak maturation is a common thread amongst the elite reds, whites and sweet wines.
White:Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle
Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot
Some of the most highly rated recent vintages are 2005, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2018.
Montrose, Pichon Lalande, Poitevin, D'Yquem, Coutet,
Vray Croix de Gay 2013 375ml
This tiny estate’s (less than 12 acres) sensational terroir has never been fully exploited, but that will change now that the owner of Chateau Latour, Francois Pinault, has purchased an approximately 50% interest in Vray Croix de Gay. Made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the dark ruby-hued 2013 exhibits notes of black cherries, loamy soil and underbrush. Consume this medium-bodied effort during its first 4-5 years of life. ROBERT PARKER, 20142012Cabernet BlendsFrance356Special Price $68.00 Regular Price $85.00
Mengoba Sancho Martin 2014I clearly underestimated the 2014 La Vigne de Sancho Martín when I tasted it last year, and I'm glad Pérez submitted it again as I was immediately blown away by its strong personality, perfumed and subtle nose and was devastated when I saw my comments from April 2016. I'm tempted to say this is Mengoba's finest offering to date. It's super elegant with a rare combination of power and finesse. As I mentioned, it's a single-vineyard red from a plot that used to be owned by someone called Valentín in the village of Espanillo in the zone of Sancho Martín. The field blend is mainly Mencía with some 15% Garnacha Tintorera and a little Godello. The grapes are part destemmed, part full-cluster fermented in a 1,000-liter stainless steel vat and then transferred to 600-liter demi-muids for malolactic and 12 months aging. Simply superb! LUIS GUTIERREZ2012menciaSpain355Special Price $88.00 Regular Price $110.00