2012 L'Arrosée, St-Emilion

SKU #1264818 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Performing far better than it did from barrel two years ago, L’Arrosée’s 2012 offers very fragrant, dark raspberry, black cherry and currant notes that jump from the glass of this wine. It’s an intriguing blend of 60% Merlot and the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is medium to full-bodied, with silky tannins, an almost Burgundian complexity, forest-floor notes and medium to full-bodied richness and depth. This is a stunner, complex, precocious, and hard to resist, even in its youthfulness. Drink over the next 15 years. (RP)  (3/2015)

90 points James Suckling

 A full-bodied wine with light cocoa powder, plums and cedar character. Fine tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold.  (2/2015)

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By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2016 | Send Email
Gorgeous foresty nose with hints of wet earth and faint violets, this release immediately feels both classic and intriguing. The green of Cab Franc shines up front while the palate brings rich cherry, blackberry and dark coffee notes. The finish is soft with silky but apparent tannins – this is a complex wine for under $35! Fans of the Right Bank should not miss Chateau L'Arrosée.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/20/2016 | Send Email
This substantial wine is elegant, balanced and very easy to drink. Aromas of oak dark cherries and mixed berries mingle with muted, leafy and earthy tones in this complex bottling. There is a mouth watering and juicy quality to the finish which keeps you reaching for another sip.

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/16/2016 | Send Email
Roasted coffee beans greet you unabashed on the nose, followed by dark plums, cherries andcocoa. The medium body it is a welcoming surprise to those expecting a heavy and cumbersome palate. It is not at all. I had to say I completely understood what Mr. Parker said about its Burgundian-complexity. A winner!

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2016 | Send Email
The last vintage for this "once the darling of St Emilion" property. The property was purchased by the Haut Brion people in 2013 and they finished off this wine. And what a great way to quit on top-Outstanding wine for an unbelievable price. Rich and round and fruit forward entry. Beautiful aromas of blackberries mixed with vanilla and toasty oak. Super great texture on the palate. Too bad the property is now going into a very expensive wine called Quintus, but that is life. Buy a piece of wine history and enjoy.
Drink from 2017 to 2027

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Saint Emilion