2012 La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, it transcends the vintage boasting a black/purple color along with sweet black raspberry and blueberry fruit notes intermixed with spring flowers, incense, new oak and lavender. Rich and intensely concentrated, this beauty should drink well for a decade or more.
Aromas of blueberries, minerals and stones follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a delicious finish already. I like the sweet fruit on the finish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Glass-staining inky purple. Strong, sexy oak notes complement cassis, cocoa and coffee on the nose. Sweet, pliant and smooth, boasting good depth to the blackcurrant, tobacco and coffee flavors. The broad finish shows fine, building tannins and mellow lingering notes of oak-derived coffee and cocoa. Offers above-average concentration and depth for the vintage.
Inky with black core. Rich, dense, juicy in the middle even with all the chocolate and char from the oak. But the oak really does overpower the fruit at the moment. Needs a lot more time than most in this vintage.