2012 Domaine de L'A, Côtes de Castillon
A Bordeaux displaying intense aromas and flavors of cooked strawberries and raspberries with floral and mineral notes. Hints of toasted oak. Full body with silky tannins, lovely acidity and an intense, textured finish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium-deep ruby. Sexy aromas of black fruits, cocoa, cinnamon and violet. Broad and supple but with a light touch to its musky dark berry and plum flavors. Sappy and energetic but at the same time almost creamy on the long finish. A very strong showing for this wine in 2012; it's far above the quality level of many other wines from the Right Bank satellites in this vintage. (ID)
A big, powerful wine, the 2012 Domaine de l'A offers serious depth and intensity. Super-ripe dark red cherry and plum flavors abound as this ample, creamy wine shows off its personality. A wine of texture and resonance, the 2012 is already quite delicious, but it also has enough depth to drink well for a number of years. This is a very strong showing from Christiane and Stéphane Derenoncourt. The 2012 is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, fermented and aged in barrel with 40% new oak. (AG)
Ripe, soft and very drinkable, this has a generous structure that cushions the tannins with rounded black fruits. The acidity and the warm, generous character of the 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc blend net a fine representation of the fruity 2012s. This is Bordeaux consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt's home turf. Wooden fermenters and 16 months in barrel (40% new) necessitate time, so drink from 2016. (RV)
Clear-cut cassis on the nose – very inviting. An initial hit of oak on the palate gives chocolate flavour and texture. Just the right amount of chew but maybe needs a little more fruit depth to fill out the structure, so the end is just slightly hard. (JH)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Nice black cherry and blackberry fruits are present in this dense ruby/purple wine from winemaking consultant/guru Stéphane Derenoncourt. Quite fleshy, chunky, with lots of depth, ripe fruit and purity, this is a big, lovely, medium to full-bodied, fleshy, mouth-filling wine that represents excellent value. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. (RP)
89-91 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Stephane Derenoncourt’s “baby”, the Domaine de l’A has a very pure, engaging bouquet with subtle floral notes that develop in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe tannins. The creamy oak is well integrated and politely remains in the background, lending the dark plum and cassis fruit the lift it needs. Class winemaking here in a challenging vintage. Tasted April 2013."