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2012 La Tour de By, Médoc

SKU #1192012 Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Vanilla-laced dark fruit. More cedary on the palate. Rich, chewy and satisfying with very soft finish. Inner quote mark (10/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark An excellent blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, this wine offers attractive value for its superb quality. The wine has a dense ruby/purple color, nice cedary blackcurrant fruit, medium body and surprisingly soft, well-integrated tannins. This sleeper of the vintage should drink nicely for 5-8 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (4/2015)

Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The dominance of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend of this structured wine gives strong tannins and tight black currant fruit at this young stage. It has good potential, however, a solid and powerful wine that needs several years. Drink from 2018. (RV) Inner quote mark (9/2015)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Slightly rustic in feel, with tobacco and warm stone notes holding sway over a core of lightly steeped plum fruit. Stays a touch taut through the finish. (JM, Web-2015) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

88-90 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The La Tour de By has a nicely composed bouquet with blackberry, wild strawberry and cedar, displaying judicious use of oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, clean black fruit and a composed refined finish that suggests this will be a splendid little wine after bottling. If the price is keen (and it usually is here) then this is well worth seeking out. Tasted April 2013."


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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2015 | Send Email
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We carried this property in the 70s and then not until the 2002 vintage did we buy it again. This wine like the 2002 and the 2009 is a great value. Lots of merlot fruit on the palate. A bit rustic, but polished tannins.
Drink from 2015 to 2024

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2015 | Send Email
This is one of the many examples of how the 2012 vintage fooled us all. This nice and age-worthy wine has the tight fruit of the Cabernet Sauvignon just waiting to reveal itself. As I said, it needs time, but the nice vanilla, cassis and grenadine are all there. One could enjoy the excellent 2002 (which I will review next) while letting the 2012 rest.

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