2012 Villemaurine, St-Emilion

SKU #1238171 93 points Vinous

 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)  (1/2016)

92 points 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)  (4/2015)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *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)  (2/2015)

91 points James Suckling

 A red with a tight structure and intensity for 2012. Plenty of wet earth, walnut and berry character. Long and flavorful. Better in 2017.  (2/2015)

Wine Spectator

 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)

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/26/2016 | Send Email
Its dark purple color sure disguises the fact that this is a wine not only with power but plenty of finesse as well. It is not heavy at all. Aromatics of freshly roasted coffee beans, cherries, plums, wet earth and vanilla. I would say this is a good candidate for those wanting to step up their selection of Saint-Émilions, and leave it in the cellars for 10 years or so.

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion