2012 Cambon la Pelouse, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1259924 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 *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.  (5/2015)

90 points James Suckling

 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.  (2/2015)

90 points Vinous

 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)  (1/2016)

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)  (4/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Soft-edged plum and toasty vanilla notes show an underlying tobacco hint, finishing with an easy, caressing feel.  (3/2015)

K&L Notes

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)

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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 M├ędoc 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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