2012 Bourgneuf, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)
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.
Round, open and plump in feel, offering cherry pie, raspberry sauce and red licorice notes, with a friendly feel to the breezy structure. A bit shy on stuffing through the finish, but with pretty fruit.
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.
* 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)