2012 Bourgneuf, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1128596 90 points James Suckling

 Soft and silky red with berry, plum, smoke and chocolate character and a hint of walnut. Medium to full body and a juicy finish. Mineral and salt undertones. Better in 2017.  (2/2015)

88-90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel sample. This wine is rich and ripe in style with intense dark-fruit flavors and a bold, chocolaty character. There's plenty of spice along with spirited acidity, but on the finish, it feels solid, full and a bit chunky.  (4/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A hefty mesquite note leads the way, turning to layers of enticing plum and boysenberry fruit, which linger on the fruitcake-framed finish as the singed wood hints move into the background. Best from 2016 through 2022.  (3/2015)

87-89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This is a positive and forceful effort from Bourgneuf, which tends to produce tannic and rustic wines. The 2012 is neither astringent, earthy nor too rustic. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by notes of black currants, black cherries, cola, forest floor and coffee beans. Fresh and medium to full-bodied with excellent concentration and a nicely textured, clean finish, it can be enjoyed over the next 10-15 years.  (4/2013)

K&L Notes

* This is a deep wine with nice mid-palate fruit that is a little meaty. Nice, complete mouthfeel and tannins. Good wine and fine value! (Ralph Sands, K&L Bordeaux expert)

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