2012 Villemaurine, St-Emilion
One of the under the radar gems of the vintage, the 2012 Villemaurine is striking from the outset. A dark, sumptuous Saint-Emilion, the 2012 possesses gorgeous richness to match its sensual personality. Black cherry, smoke, plum and spices are some of the many notes that emerge from this beautifully layered, inviting wine. The 2012 is 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Hubert de Bouard is the consulting winemaker. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Twenty years ago, this used to be one of my candidates for the worst wine from a top terroir in St.-Emilion. Things have changed incredibly since the acquisition of this property by Justin Onclin. The terroir is fabulously situated just adjacent to the walls of this medieval village, and the wine has gone from strength-to-strength. The 2012 has a dense purple color, a rocky and chalky minerality, medium to full body, and is long, rich and intense, elegant yet noble. Consumers have to be pleased that this long-time underachiever has finally raised its game under the new ownership. This is a property to seek out in St.-Emilion. Drink this 2012 over the next 15-20 years. (RP)
*Cellar Selection* This solid and powerful wine comes from a chateau right in the walls of Saint-Émilion. A dense texture brings out tannins and the wood-aging flavors. Spice, black currant fruitiness and a dark, dense character all promise aging. Drink from 2018. (RV)
*Good Value* Château Villemaurine has emerged from the ranks of forgettable Saint-Émilion estates and is making some very noteworthy wines, but, while we are impressed with the concentration, fruity purity and very considerable depth evident in the striking 2012 version, we are astounded by its unparalleled value. Make no mistake, this is a serious wine of intent and careful crafting, not merely one that is simply "good at the price." It is keenly focused, very long on the palate and will gracefully grow over the next eight to ten years, but it has the come-hither richness and charm to be satisfying in half the time. It is very much worth seeking out.
A red with a tight structure and intensity for 2012. Plenty of wet earth, walnut and berry character. Long and flavorful. Better in 2017.
Polished, with toasted vanilla, anise and red licorice notes wrapped around a core of plum pâte de fruit flavors. Light spice hints show on the finish. Fresh and open-knit. Drink now through 2018. (JM, Web-2015)