2012 L'Avocat Rouge, Graves (Previously $16)

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Ch. L’Avocat is from the small commune of Cerons, which is located just north of Barsac and Sauternes in the southern Graves appellation. I met Nicola Allison at a small conference of Women from Bordeaux and Napa Valley in Napa earlier. She followed my advice by sending her wines to our hotel in April to be tasted and Clyde and I liked them. I followed up by visiting the estate almost 8 weeks later and was shown the gravely, plateau vineyards by her husband Sean who manages the vines. The vineyards were purchased by the Allisons in 2002; the fruit was previously sold to Mouton Rothschild. 300 feet above the Garrone river, the vineyards have stunning views of the lovely Cotes de Bordeaux, this elevation is a key factor for great drainage and the soil is loaded with different color gravel that impart the textbook minerality both their whites and reds feature. (Ralph Sands, K&L Bordeaux expert)

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Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2017 | Send Email
Dusty up front, with cherry fruit and a foresty quality reminiscent of fall leaves, L’Avocat Rouge really shows off both its Graves terroir and the easygoing 2012 vintage. Medium-bodied for Bordeaux with lovely tannins, minerally, subtly earthy and delicious, this manages to be both green and velvety, and great for the price.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2016 | Send Email
This wine showcases not only its appellation but the vintage as well. It is approachable, but a passage through the decanter will round it up. Cassis, brown sugar, and loads of minerality framed by firm but not at all harsh tannins. A wine to dress up any dinner.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/23/2016 | Send Email
Always a great buy. The 2012 A'Avocat offers dark fruit flavors that are balanced out with hints of minerals. It will go well with hearty foods and will open up if decanted at least an hour in advance.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/29/2015 | Send Email
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The grapes for this wine come from a parcel that previously sold its grapes to Mouton Rothschild. The quality shows! Deep, red fruits with that textbook minerality of Ceron grown fruit. Quite supple, with integrated tannins and a lovely, quite soft texture.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/12/2015 | Send Email
As is the case with their Blanc, this is serious wine, not for the weak and timid. Textbook Graves wine, strong deep fruit with hints of cherry, cassis and earth. Decant a couple hours to drink young, and it will age very nicely. My house red for years!

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2015 | Send Email
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Always a great buy from a fine property. 2012 is soft and mineral with enough tannin to cellar it a few years. Sean and Nikki Allison always make a value red at their beautiful property.
Drink from 2015 to 2020

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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 Médoc 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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.