Monday, 6 May 2013
Moueix 2012's and a few others
La Serre 2012 - Quite modern in style but not over the top, flashy and lots of fruit, not too saturated, good. 16+/20.
Plince 2012 - Berry fruit, very primary and pure, not over complex but good. 16-16+/20.
Bourgneuf 2012 - Quite closed on the nose, more serious than those above, quite exotic fruit character on the palate. The best Bourgneuf I have tasted. 17-17+/20.
Providence 2012 - Lush and open fruit on the nose and then more mineral and savoury on the palate, good. 17/20.
Certan de May 2012 - Restrained but very good nose, black with some red fruit, quite a big wine but not over the top, very good (it might be the labelling but I always find this has something in common with Trotanoy, masculinity I guess). 18-18+/20
Hosanna 2012 - Rich, cherry and deep crimson fruit, a fruit wine, the savoury edge well hidden. 17.5-18/20
Belair-Monange 2012 - Real freshness, medium weight no more than that, red cherry fruit, lifted and elegant. 17.5-18+/20
La Fleur-Petrus 2012 - The best I can remember LFP being, utterly balanced, dense but fresh, fruited but savoury, very impressive. 18-19/20
Trotanoy 2012 - I am biased as I have always loved this estate. This year the savoury masculine side is all there as ever BUT then the lifted exotic fruit and heady notes made me think of Petrus. Very serious. 18.5-19.5/20
Vieux Lartigue - Good value, earthy but fruited, ready now and for a long time, nice. 16/20
Cote de Baleau - Not a style of St.Emilion I am a fan of, a little coffeed. 14-15/20
De Sales - Savoury, cheesey note which will resolve, good weight of red and black fruit on the palate. 17-17.5/20
Plince - Saine and savoury nose with red fruit and then grip, needs a little time but nice. 17/20
Rouget - Very good and showing as very young. Red and ripe, quite modern but very good. 17-17.5/20
Croizet Bages - Grippy gutsy and old school, very Pauillac, very much in need of food. 16/20
Rauzan Gassies - Gamey and high and then rich with fruit on the palate before a leathery edge, not perfect now but it is all I there. 16-17.5/20
Prieure-Lichine - Almost sweet richness of the fruit, needs to mellow but ripe, ripe, ripe. 17/20
Napanook 2009 & Dominus 2009 were both on display. The Napanook as ever hits the ground running and is exotic, expressive and glycerol. The Dominus is a cracker, very ripely balanced now but has ages of development to do. Always a wine with a massive drinking window, depends how you like it as when to open.