2012 La Tour de Mons, Margaux

SKU #1271463 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a dense wine, solid with black plum and berry flavors that show great warmth and richness. At this stage the wood aging does give some bitter dark chocolate, although this will integrate. It needs aging; drink from 2019. (RV)  (5/2015)

91 points James Suckling

 This is tight and integrated with firm and racy tannins, bright fruit and hints of wet earth. Full to medium body and complex flavors. Give it more time to soften and develop in bottle.  (2/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A juicy, sexy style of Margaux, with a dark ruby/plum/purple color, some nice blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, sweet tannin and a lush, heady mouthfeel, this is another sleeper of the vintage and an excellent, possibly outstanding Margaux to drink over the next decade. (RP)  (4/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Soft and forward, with modest cherry and damson plum fruit, laced with hints of cedar and singed vanilla. Offers a dusty feel on the finish. (Web-2015)

K&L Notes

Praise from Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The 2012 La Tour de Mons has an endearing and very composed bouquet with black cherries, blueberry and touches of vanilla-tinged oak still to be resolved. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe tannins, crisp acidity, fine focus and a precise and lively finish that suggests this Margaux Cru Bourgeois will age well. This is definitely one of the superior Cru Bourgeois this year." (11/2014)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/23/2016 | Send Email
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A property we have followed off and on over the past 10 years. Ralph especially loves their 2010. We had great success selling that vintage and this wine was just as good--perhaps a little softer but still dense and rich with a long life ahead of it. Very long and lingering finish here.
Drink from 2017 to 2025

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2016 | Send Email
La Tour de Mons represents a great value in this usually expensive appellation. A stepping stone - If I ever could say that of a Margaux - into its wines. It possess the hallmark floral notes and cassis, plums and cedar. It is still tight though, needs another few years; so a great wine for those who want to put some Margaux in the cellars.

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- Margaux is the southern most of all of the appellations of the Haut Medoc. Located near St. Julien, it has more cru classe producers than the other four villages of the area. In addition to the legendary Chateau Margaux, there are five second-growths: Rauzan Gassies, Rauzan Seglas, Dufort-Vivens, Lascombes, and Brane Cantenac. While more people are probably familiar with the third growth Chateau Palmer, there are nine other wineries with the same ranking in addition to a trio of fourth growths and a pair of fifth growths. Because Margaux is comprised of five communes… Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Labardes and Arsac, the wines styles are diverse throughout the region with the more masculine tannic wines coming from the Cantenac side of the appellation. Because of a high percentage of Merlot planted in the region, many wines from Margaux are more round, feminine, and exotic that the other appellations of the Haut Medoc.