La Revue des Vins de France - Mai 2013

La Revue des Vins de France - Mai 2013


Château CLINET

Château CLINET


Château SMITH HAUT LAFITTE - Pessac Léognan Rouge & Blanc

Château SMITH HAUT LAFITTE - Pessac Léognan Rouge & Blanc


2012 Bordeaux Primeurs rated and commented by wine specialists.

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May 02, 2013
By: Julie DUMON

Here under are the comments and notes given by La Revue des Vins de France # 571, James Suckling and Robert Parker, for the wines we should be able to offer in a few time.

 Château CLINET Pomerol

« Si les merlots trament le vin et lui apportent la rondeur, Ronan Laborde a tenu a utiliser ses 9% de cabernet-sauvignon qui l’étirent. Le nez est un mélange de fruits noirs et rouges, avec une touche florale. Ce n’est pas le vin le plus sphérique du millésime, mais il séduit ptr son allonge et la grande distinction de ses tanins. Une note épicée conclut la finale .»
16-17/20

« This is racy and austere but in a very good sense. It’s full-bodied, and very well integrated, with orange peel and a juicy, salty finish. » 90-91 - JS

"Although hardly comparable to what Clinet achieved in both 2009 and 2010, the 2012 Clinet is another star of the vintage. A powerful, full-bodied, muscular Pomerol, it reveals a dense purple color in addition to lots of opulence, a layered, full-bodied richness (somewhat atypical for the vintage), beautiful density and plenty of mocha, black cherry, truffle and graphite notes. It is a surprisingly full yet accessible Clinet that will be drinkable long before the 2009 and 2010 hit their plateaus maturity. Drink the 2012 over the next 15 years."  92 / 94+ - RP

 Château LAGRANGE Saint Julien 3ème Grand Cru Classé
«Sélection drastique, tri sévère, Lagrange a produit peu de grand vin en 2012, mais son niveau est très satisfaisant, avec de la définition et de la souplesse dans les tanins. Bel équilibre et finale rafraîchissante. »
16 – 17/20
« Lovely plum and berries and cherry character. Full body, with integrated tannins and a fresh finish. Hint of hollowness in mid-palate but outstanding. » 90-91 - JS
"A solid, masculine-styled effort, the 2012 Lagrange lacks charm, but it does offer a muscular, medium-bodied, slightly rustic style with plenty of wood (a signature of this property), and an adequate mid-palate, texture and finish. The tannins and structured style suggest 2-3 years of cellaring are needed. It should age for 12-15 years."
86 / 88 - RP
 Château SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Pessac Léognan Rouge
« 2012 est une année très réussie à Smith avec une attention particulière sur la recherche de maturité afin de compenser les manques de l’année et éviter des élevages trop appuyés. Les tanins en attaque se montrent tramés, droits, fins, très cabernets (59%). Une très grande réussite dans le millésime.  17-18/20
"A brilliant success again, this blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot is a medium-bodied, impressively concentrated wine with copious quantitied of red and black fruits. Licorice, roasted herbs and a touch of background oak are present in this slightly precocious wine, which should be accessible when released. It has the depth to evolve for 20 or more years. Talk about a severe selection - only 41% made it into the grand vin!"  92 / 94 - RP
"Dark, with a ganache frame to the black currant, plum and blackberry notes. Tarry finish is rather shut and stolid today, but there's serious stuffing here. Long charcoal echo, too."  91 / 94 - JM for The Wine Spectator


Château SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Pessac Léognan Blanc
«90% sauvignon blanc, 5% sauvignon gris et 5% sémillon. S aprofondeur, son gras, sa générosité aromatique le rendent particulièrement séducteur, tout en affichant une vraie distinction et une prise de bois discrète. »
17,5 – 18,5/20

"Under the capable hands of the Cathiard family, this property has been producing fabulous red and white wines. The 2012, another brilliant effort, exhibits notes of orange rind, figd, mangoes, pineapples and caramelized citrus presented in a full-bodied, heady, powerful style. It should drink well for 15-20 years." 
93 / 95 - RP

 "Lovely, with a kiss of brioche and toasted macadamia nut leading the way, followed by yellow apple, fennel, white peach and green almond notes. Long finish retains the toasty hint, but shows purity too. Gorgeous." 
92 / 95 - JM for The Wine Spectator

 


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