2012 La Tour de By, Médoc

SKU #1192012 Jancis Robinson

 Vanilla-laced dark fruit. More cedary on the palate. Rich, chewy and satisfying with very soft finish.  (10/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 An excellent blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, this wine offers attractive value for its superb quality. The wine has a dense ruby/purple color, nice cedary blackcurrant fruit, medium body and surprisingly soft, well-integrated tannins. This sleeper of the vintage should drink nicely for 5-8 years. (RP)  (4/2015)

Wine Enthusiast

 The dominance of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend of this structured wine gives strong tannins and tight black currant fruit at this young stage. It has good potential, however, a solid and powerful wine that needs several years. Drink from 2018. (RV)  (9/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Slightly rustic in feel, with tobacco and warm stone notes holding sway over a core of lightly steeped plum fruit. Stays a touch taut through the finish. (JM, Web-2015)

K&L Notes

88-90 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The La Tour de By has a nicely composed bouquet with blackberry, wild strawberry and cedar, displaying judicious use of oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, clean black fruit and a composed refined finish that suggests this will be a splendid little wine after bottling. If the price is keen (and it usually is here) then this is well worth seeking out. Tasted April 2013."

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2015 | Send Email
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We carried this property in the 70s and then not until the 2002 vintage did we buy it again. This wine like the 2002 and the 2009 is a great value. Lots of merlot fruit on the palate. A bit rustic, but polished tannins.
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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2015 | Send Email
This is one of the many examples of how the 2012 vintage fooled us all. This nice and age-worthy wine has the tight fruit of the Cabernet Sauvignon just waiting to reveal itself. As I said, it needs time, but the nice vanilla, cassis and grenadine are all there. One could enjoy the excellent 2002 (which I will review next) while letting the 2012 rest.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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