2012 Cambon la Pelouse, Haut-Médoc
*Editors' Choice* Big and powerful, this is a concentrated and complex wine. Blackberry fruit flavors are strongly based on a tannin structure that is lightly sustained by the wood aging. Merlot dominates the blend, giving a sheen to its richness. Drink from 2018.
Lots of blackcurrant, cherry and strawberry character to this red on the nose, before giving way to a full body, refined tannins, bright acidity and a long finish. Better in 2017.
The 2012 Cambon La Pelouse is absolutely gorgeous. Far from an easygoing 2012, the Cambon La Pelouse is going to need at least a year or two in bottle to unwind and shed some of its nervous energy. Savory herbs, tobacco, menthol, spices and dark-fleshed fruit fill out the super-classic Haut-Médoc profile. This is a terrific wine for the vintage. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A nice mouthful of traditional Bordeaux, with deep ruby/purple color with sweet black cherry and dusty, loamy soil notes in the background. This medium-bodied wine has very good concentration, light tannin and a distinct earthiness. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. (RP)
Soft-edged plum and toasty vanilla notes show an underlying tobacco hint, finishing with an easy, caressing feel.
Praise from Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The 2012 Cambon la Pelouse has a very impressive, well-defined nose with blackberry, raspberry and mineral notes. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannins. This is well focused, tense, a little rigid at the moment but give this another couple of years and you will have a very fine Haut Medoc. Recommended." (11/2014)