2012 July

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2012 July

Topics 1, Beaujolais Nouveau 2012
2, En Primeur 2011
3, Special Summer Campaign 2012

Beaujolais Nouveau 2012
November 15th Nouveau Day!

 

Nouveau an Old Tradition. From time immemorial, people looked forward to drinking the fresh new wine with great anticipation. In fact during the Middle Ages it was typically sold two weeks after the harvest, by the landowners who were frequently lords, bishops, or abbots forerunners in a sense of the first wine merchants.

Age of Enlightment. Originally wine was drunk and relished as new or 'nouveau' wine as methods of preserving and protecting wine were very basic and many wines oxidized and quickly turned to vinegar. It was not until the end of the 19th century with Pasteur's and the application of the Scientific Revolution to the wine industry did things start to change.

Back to the fifties. Drinking Beaujolais Nouveau as we know it today was reinvented in 1951. However a French government degree prohibits the release of the wine before the 3rd Thursday of November of the year of vintage. Today this style of Beaujolais accounts for approximately 40% of the regions production with Japan as the most significant importer.

En Primeur 2011

After two vintages of the century in a row! comes a classic one that is more affordable. Despite dramatically reduced yields (as much 50%, in at least one vineyard) and a challenging vintage, a select few chateaux, still managed to excel and produce good wines at more reasonable prices.

It is no doubt that the skill of the winemaker comes into play, yet in some peoples opinion the wines of this vintage are now more reflective of the terroir then the climate.  Indeed more classic, less alcoholic wines then those that we have experienced in the last couple of years.

Another distinguishing feature of the 2011 is it will be the last time Chateau Latour will be offered en primeur. In an announcement that surprised many Chateau Latour advised that it will no longer release its wines on the en primeur market. So this year will be your last opportunity to buy the wine en primeur!!

PESSAC LEOGNAN    
 

CHATEAU DE FIEUZAL Blanc

pts. 88 

Pale with forward nose, revealing citrus and lemon nuances, good weight and concentration supported by a good acidity along with tropical undertones, It is quite elegant with medium finish. JKW04/12

CHATEAU HAUT BERGEY BLANC Blanc

 pts. 88.5

Pure fresh clean and elegant, this is a medium body wine with good length and weight. JKW04/12

 

CHATEAU HAUT BRION Rouge

 pts. 94

Cabernet Sauvignon 46.3%, Merlot 34.8%, Cabernet Franc 18.9% 

Deep dark ruby with a purple hue. Fragrant nose almost floral with attractive berry overtones accompanied by plums and spice accents. Firm well balanced with a good acidity, it exhibits nice length, is elegant yet firm with good ageing potential. JKW04/12

 

CHATEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION Rouge

 pts. 94

Cabernet Sauvignon 55%, Merlot 33.7% Cabernet Franc 11.3%

Impressive depth of color, it is a dark almost opaque black ruby/purple. Aromatic nose with hints of toast, black currant and spice. Full-bodied, it is smooth and velvety with good weight and concentration. Well balanced with a solid core of rich ripe fruit and firm integrated tannins and a long lingering finish. JKW04/12

CHATEAU PAPE CLEMENT Rouge

pts. 91 

Medium depth of color, pronounced nose with distinctive smoky, oak overtones, full, fruity, ripe, complex with lots of oak and plum and berry fruit, well balanced and harmonious with a long lingering finish. JKW04/12

LE CLEMENTIN DE PAPE CLEMENT Rouge

 pts. 88

Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Merlot 45%, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot

Medium color, it reveals attractive berry fruit on the nose. Medium-bodied good balance, it is well integrated with ripe tannins. JKW04/12

For a list of 2011 Bordeaux wines offered en Premieur, please click here.

SAINT EMILION   

CHATEAU AUSONE Rouge

pts.96

Cabernet Franc 55%, Merlot 45%

Deep dark vibrant black ruby with a purple hue. Aromatic integrated nose of black currant and plum accompanied by oak overtones. Full-bodied, yet elegant the wine exhibits solid core of ripe currant fruit. Very firm rich wine, that has a long finish and is built to age. JKW04/12

CHATEAU BEAUSEJOUR BECOT Rouge

 pts. 90

Merlot 70%,  Cabernet Franc 25%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%,

Impressive depth of color. The wine is a deep dark opaque black ruby. Focused concentrated nose with toast, currant, coffee and dried fruit overtones. Full, vibrant and balanced with a good concentration of fresh ripe fruit and a very firm long lingering finish. JKW04/12

 

 

CHATEAU CANON Rouge

pts. 91

Merlot 70%, Cabernet Franc 30%

Medium to deep color, pronounced oak overtones with a solid core of fruit. Elegant with a solid core of ripe fruit, concentrated and relatively smooth with a long lingering finish. JKW04/12

 

CHATEAU CHEVAL BLANC  Rouge

 pts. 95

 Impressive deep dark ruby with a youthful purple hue. Appealing nose almost floral with notes of integrated oak and berry fruit accompanied by vanilla undertones. Full body, it has a solid core of fresh ripe fruit and firm velvety tannins complimented by a long lingering finish. JKW04/12

CHATEAU FIGEAC Rouge

pts. 90  

 Impressive depth of color, delicate refined and integrated nose of currant, oak, it is medium to full with a solid core of fresh ripe fruit. Overall well balanced elegant though has some firm tannins but are ripe and should integrate nicely with time. JKW04/12

CHATEAU MONBOUSQUET  Blanc

 pts. 91

Sauvignon Blanc 66.5%, Sauvignon Gris 33.5%

Medium depth of color, it has a delicate and perfumed nose. Medium bodied, it is smooth, round well balanced with nice weight and concentration with a pleasant long lingering finish. JKW04/12

 

CHATEAU MONBOUSQUET Rouge

 pts. 89

Merlot 70%, Cabernet Franc 20%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%, 

Deep color, ripe spicy nose with toast and oak overtones. Medium to full well crafted with ripe tannins. JKW04/12

CHATEAU PAVIE Rouge 

 pts. 92

Merlot 70%, Cabernet Franc 20%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%

Impressive deep dark black ruby with purple highlights. Concentrated nose with cassis and dried fruit undertones. Full, powerful and solid on the palate with rich ripe fruit and tannins. Intense, concentrated it is built to age. JKW04/12

CHATEAU PAVIE MACQUIN Rouge

pts. 90+

Merlot 85%, Cabernet Franc 14%, Cabernet Sauvignon 1%

Medium depth of color, attractive fragrant nose with raspberry, toast and spice overtones, fresh forward medium to full, with a cores of fresh ripe sweet fruit, good concentration firm, with a long lingering finish. JKW04/1

 

LE PETIT CHEVAL Rouge

 pts. 90

Medium depth of color, it is clear bright ruby red with purple hue. Aromatic and fragrant on the nose, with suggestions of blackberries and spice wrapped in oak. Full, balanced with a solid core of mouth coating fruit backed by soft velvety tannins. JKW04/12

 

For a list of 2011 Bordeaux wines offered en Premieur, please click here.

POMEROL   
 

CHATEAU LA CABANNE  Rouge

 pts. 86 

 Medium depth of color, with attractive berry fruit, it has a balanced acidity and firm tannins and medium to long finish. JKW04/12

CHATEAU LA CROIX DE GAY   Rouge

pts. 88

Merlot 95%, Cabernet Franc 5%

Good depth of color, it has an aromatic and fragrant nose. On the palate it is fresh, firm and focused with pleasant berry undertones wrapped in oak. Rich and opulent which should make it approachable from a young age. JKW04/12

 

CHATEAU LA FLEUR DE GAY Rouge

Merlot 100%  

 

CHATEAU L' EGLISE CLINET Rouge

 pts. 90

Merlot 90%, Cabernet Franc 10%

Deep color, forward nose, it is rich concentrated revealing hints of black currant and plum with spice accents. This is a multilayered wine with a very firm structured, still young but should develop nicely with age. JKW04/12

 

LA FLEUR DE BOUARD  Rouge

pts. 90

Merlot 100%

Medium to deep color, attractive oaky nose with forward cherry fruit. Solid core of rich, ripe fruit supported by a fresh acidity. Firm tannins less extracted and more integrated versus other years. JKW04/12

 

 

 

VIEUX CHATEAU CERTAN Rouge

 pts. 91

Merlot 70%, Cabernet Franc 29%, Cabernet Sauvignon 1%

Medium to deep dark ruby, heady, focused fruit nose, medium to full, integrated fruit and oak, powerful, firm but well balanced fresh with a long harmonious finish. JKW04/12

 

For a list of 2011 Bordeaux wines offered en Premieur, please click here.
MOULIS   

 

 

 

CHATEAU CHASSE SPLEEN Rouge

 pts. 87 

Medium color, attractive currant fruit nose with good balance, overall well integrated, tightly knit and built to age. JKW04/12

 

CHATEAU POUJEAUX Rouge

 pts. 88

Medium depth of color, it has a fragrant aromatic nose, of sweet berries and oak. Medium to full , it is balanced with a solid core of ripe fruit with good extraction, acidity and length. JKW04/12
For a list of 2011 Bordeaux wines offered en Premieur, please click here.
HAUT MEDOC   

 

CHATEAU CAMENSAC  Rouge 

 pts. 86.5

Medium to deep color, attractive Cabernet nose, medium to full, balanced with a firm structure land a long finish. It should round out nicely with time. JKW04/12

CHATEAU CANTEMERLE Rouge

 pts. 88

Cabernet Sauvignon 47%, Merlot 43%, Cabernet Franc 7%, Petit Verdot 3%

Medium to deep color, forward aromatic nose, medium body, solid core of fresh fruit, firm finish. JKW04/12

CHATEAU LA TOUR CARNET Rouge

 pts. 88+

Merlot 57%, Cabernet Sauvignon 39%,  Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot

Medium depth of color, slightly toasty oaky nose with cassis undertones. It is firm with a solid core of fruit, vibrant with good weight and length accompanied by a solid finish that needs some time. JKW04/12

CHATEAU LA LAGUNE  Rouge

pts. 89+ 

 Medium depth of color, forward nose of ripe fruit accompanied by spice and oak accents. Full, well balanced and powerful, yet still supple with good length, impressive for the vintage. JKW04/12

 

 

CHATEAU SOCIANDO MALLET Rouge 

  pts. 88.5

 Impressive deep dark opaque black ruby with a youthful purple rim. Aromatic nose almost floral with black currant undertones. Medium to full-bodied with full ripe tannins and a long finish. JKW04/12

For a list of 2011 Bordeaux wines offered en Premieur, please click here.
MARGAUX   
 

ALTER EGO DE PALMER Rouge

 pts. 89+

Merlot 48%, Cabernet Sauvignon 37%,  Petit Verdot 15%

Medium depth of color, it is fragrant almost floral, with blackcurrant, oak nuances, medium body, it has impressive weight and texture, yet is fresh with a pleasant lingering finish. JKW04/12

BLASON D'ISSAN Rouge

 pts. 89

Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 40%

Medium depth of color, forward fruit focused nose with vanilla undertones. Medium body, well balanced it is smooth with lingering integrated finish, attractive early drinking. JKW04/12

CHATEAU DESMIRAIL Rouge

 pts. 88 

 Medium to deep color, forward fruit driven nose with currant undertones. Medium body, it shows elegance and finesse with a core of ripe fruit complimented by a long finish. JKW04/12

 

CHATEAU D'ISSAN Rouge

pts. 90

Cabernet Sauvignon 69%, Merlot 31%

Medium dark black ruby, fragrant full compact with attractive blackcurrant undertones but still young tight with good extraction, needs time to unwind. JKW04/12

 

CHATEAU DURFORT VIVENS Rouge

 pts. 89+

Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 20%, Cabernet Franc 5 %

Impressive deep dark opaque black ruby. Strong oak overtones on the nose with blackcurrant undertones. Solid core of rich fruit, fresh balanced with firm yet integrated tannins. JKW04/12

CHATEAU GISCOURS  Rouge 

pts. 88+

Cabernet Sauvignon 66.5%, Merlot 33.5%

Deep black ruby, focused fruit nose, ripe perfumed, medium body, it is smooth with good depth and a long pleasant finish. JKW04/12


CHATEAU MARGAUX Rouge 

 pts. 92

Cabernet Sauvignon 86%, Merlot 10%, Cabernet Franc 2%, Petit Verdot 2%

Impressive color, concentrated, ripe almost floral with cassis nuances. Fresh, good weight and concentration, it is polished with superb length revealing fig and dried fruit flavors which echo on the finish. JKW04/12

 

 

CHATEAU PALMER Rouge

 pts. 91

Merlot 55%, Cabernet Sauvignon 45%

Medium to deep color, focused nose with hints of cherry and tobacco, it is smooth, rich, firm and fresh, well balanced, displaying a velvety texture with nicely integrated tannins accompanied by a firm long lingering finish. JKW04/12

CHATEAU RAUZAN-SEGLA  Rouge

 pts. 91

Cabernet Sauvignon 62%, Merlot 36%, Petit Verdot 2%

Medium to deep, it has an aromatic ripe, sweet nose with vanilla overtones accompanied by floral nuances. Full, good concentration of fresh fruit supported by ripe tannins on a long lingering finish. JKW04/12
 

PAVILLON ROUGE DE CHATEAU MARGAUX Rouge

 pts. 90

Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 25%, Cabernet Franc 8%, Petit Verdot 2%

Medium to deep, fragrant ripe integrated berry nose of currant fruit and oak. Impressive on the palate, firm with good weight and structure, firm finish should round out nicely, with a long lingering finish. JKW04/12

 

For a list of 2011 Bordeaux wines offered en Premieur, please click here.
SAINT JULIEN   

CHATEAU BEYCHEVELLE Rouge

 pts. 89 

 Deep opaque color, aromatic revealing attractive oak and cassis nuances. On the palate it is fresh with good concentration and comparatively smooth tannins. JKW04/12


 

CHATEAU BRANAIRE DUCRU Rouge

 pts. 89 

 Medium depth of color, fragrant with good weight and depth, it is fresh with a long harmonious finish. JKW04/12

 


CHATEAU DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU

Very good

 

CHATEAU GRUAUD-LAROSE Rouge

 pts. 89+ 

 Medium to deep opaque black ruby color, forward oaky nose with subtle currant undertones. Solid core of fruit, balanced, harmonious, complex with a firm finish. JKW04/12

 

CHATEAU LEOVILLE BARTON Rouge

 pts. 92

Cabernet Sauvignon 80%, Merlot 15%, Cabernet Franc 5%

Impressive deep dark opaque black ruby. Hints of currant and oak. Full with a core of rich concentrated fresh berry fruit, impressive depth, a balanced acidity, velvety tannins and a firm lingering finish. JKW04/12

 

 

CHATEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES Rouge

 pts. 92

Cabernet Sauvignon 76%, Merlot 12%, Cabernet Franc 12%

Deep dark vibrant, complex integrated nose with currant, plum and oak overtones. Full concentrated with lots of integrated black currant and oak. Elegant, fresh firm with a long lingering finish. JKW04/12

 

CHATEAU MALESCOT ST EXUPERY  Rouge

pts. 90 

 Medium depth of color. Aromatic and fragrant nose with cassis overtones. Medium body, fresh, it is smooth, rich with firm integrated tannins on the finish. JKW04/12

 

CHATEAU TALBOT  Rouge

 pts. 88 Deep dark opaque, tight closed predominantly oaky nose, On the palate, medium to full with good weight and concentration of fruit, relatively supple yet firm and integrated. JKW04/12

 

CLOS DU MARQUIS Rouge

 pts. 89

Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 22%, Cabernet Franc 13%

Deep, black ruby, young tight closed nosed, it is medium body balanced with a core of fresh fruit backed by firm solid tannins. Overall it is will integrated relative to the vintage with a lingering finish. JKW04/12

 

 

LA CROIX DE BEAUCAILLOU Rouge

 Cabernet Sauvignon 80%, Merlot 20%  

 

 

LE PETIT LION DU MARQUIS DE LAS CASES Rouge 

 pts. 88

Merlot 54%, Cabernet Sauvignon 42.5%,  Petit Verdot 3%, Cabernet Franc 0.5%,

Deep dark opaque black ruby/purple. Forward nose revealing nicely integrated wood and berry fruit with a hint of coffee, mint and spice. Full, well balanced elegant with nice concentration of ripe fruit with a long firm clean firm finish. JKW04/12
For a list of 2011 Bordeaux wines offered en Premieur, please click here.
PAUILLAC   
 

CHATEAU CLERC MILON Rouge 

 pts. 90 

 Deep dark black, focused berry nose with raspberry and herb overtones. Medium body, it has a solid concentration of fruit, firm with long firm finish. Classic. JKW04/12

 

CHATEAU HAUT BAGES LIBERAL Rouge

pts.89 

 Deep dark opaque ruby. Fragrant nose revealing hints of cassis and spice. Medium body, it is fresh relatively smooth, supple and balanced for the vintage exhibiting ripe fruit and integrated tannins along with a medium finish. JKW04/12

 

CHATEAU LYNCH-BAGES Rouge 

 pts. 89+

Cabernet Sauvignon 72%, Merlot 23%, Cabernet Franc 3%, Petit Verdot 2%

Deep dark opaque black ruby, focused integrated nose, medium to full, with solid core of concentrated fruit with plum, black currant notes. It is well balanced, tannic but this is off set by it fresh acidity and should develop nicely with time. JKW04/12
 

CHATEAU LATOUR Rouge 

 pts. 95

Cabernet Sauvignon 84.5%, Merlot 15%, Petit Verdot 0.5%

Superb color with solid core of sweet ripe fruit, revealing cherry, plum and black currant nuances. Firm well structured, with a velvety texture and a long lingering finish. JKW04/12

 


CHATEAU PICHON BARON Rouge 

 pts. 91 

 Deep dark opaque, nose of sweet ripe slightly smoky fruit with vanilla undertones. Medium to full, it is smooth with a solid core of currant fruit. Compact well balanced with a good acidity exhibiting a medium to long finish. JKW04/12

CHATEAU PICHON COMTESSE LALANDE Rouge 

 pts. 91

Cabernet Sauvignon 78%, Cabernet Franc 12%, Merlot 8%, Petit Verdot 2%

Superb color, opaque, reserved nose with hints of currant fruit. Medium to full-bodied smooth with a solid core of rich fruit centre palate, firm dry tannins that will need time, with a long lingering finish. Overall elegant and polished. JKW04/12
 

LES FORTS DE LATOUR Rouge 

 pts. 91

Cabernet Sauvignon 61.5%, Merlot 35%, Petit Verdot 3%, Cabernet Franc 0.5%

Deep dark intense opaque black ruby with a purple hue. Attractive elegant and perfumed Cabernet nose dominated by hints of black currant and liquorice with perhaps a hint of violet. Full with a solid core of ripe fruit backed by firm tannins. It has a solid structure and a firm long lingering finish. JKW04/12
SAINT ESTEPHE   

CHATEAU CALON SEGUR Rouge 

 pts.  92 


 

CHATEAU COS D'ESTOURNEL  Rouge

 Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 30%, Cabernet Franc 5% 

 

 

CHATEAU PHELAN SEGUR   Rouge

 pts. 90

Cabernet Sauvignon 55%, Merlot 45%

Impressive color, it is a deep dark opaque ruby-purple. Forward aromatic nose of berry fruit wrapped in oak and vanilla. Medium to full body, it is smooth, firm with a fresh balanced acidity. Well crafted, it displays a long firm solid finish. JKW04/12

CHATEAU TOUR DE PEZ Rouge 

Expressive with good weight and structure. JKW04/12

 

SAUTERNES   

CHATEAU DOISY VEDRINES Blanc

Medium depth of color with an attractive nose revealing hints of peaches accompanied by tropical overtones. Medium to full, it is well balanced fresh with rich ripe mouth coating fruit , yet is elegant with a long lingering finish. JKW04/12

BORDEAUX BLANC   
 

PAVILLON BLANC DE CHATEAU MARGAUX  Blanc 

pts. 93

Very good

Pale with a slight green tinge. Pronounced nose slightly toasty with grapefruit nuances. Impressive weight and concentration, vibrant with mineral undertones and a long clean lingering finish. JKW04/12
COTES DE CASTILLION

 

 

CLOS LES LUNELLES Rouge

 pts. 90+

Merlot 80%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%,  Cabernet Franc 10%

Impressive depth of color, opaque. Focused berry nose with integrated oak. Full body, well structured and powerful, with pronounced tannins and acidity. Long finish. JKW04/12

Special Summer Campaign 2012

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