2012 Le Thil, Pessac-Léognan (Previously $25)

SKU #1268750 90-91 points James Suckling

 This shows a lovely core of fruits with chocolate and berry. Full body, with a tender tannin structure. First red vintage from here for new owners who also own Smith-Haut-Lafitte. 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.  (4/2013)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The dark ruby/plum/purple 2012 exhibits notes of graphite, cedar wood, roasted herbs and sweet red and black currants. This medium-bodied, elegant yet rich wine should drink well for a decade or more. (RP) This 22-acre property was recently acquired by the owners of Smith Haut Lafitte, Daniel and Florence Cathiard. Sandwiched between the Cathiard’s Smith Haut Lafitte and nearby Carbonnieux, this vineyard was cropped at a ridiculously low 21 hectoliters per hectare and the wine is composed of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon that finished at 13.8% natural alcohol. (RP)  (4/2013)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 With smoky tannins and tangy acidity, this wine is solid, dense and full of toasty wood. Over this structure, black currant notes are fragrant and attractive. Drink from 2018. (RV)  (5/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Sleek and ripe, with a focused core of black currant, plum and blackberry preserves flavors that carry through the polished, anise-infused finish. A textbook intro to Pessac reds. Drink now through 2019. (JM)  (3/2015)

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2016 | Send Email
A very friendly wine, with enticing aromatics of cassis, cherries, cocoa, graphite. It is medium body with present but agreeable tannins. Ready to go!

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/22/2016 | Send Email
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This property flies under the radar, but we have enjoyed their wines for ten years. Located near Smith haut lafitte, and now under their ownership, this property has always made value reds. This is the last vintage under the old regime-and it merits your attention, Extremely spicy aromas with clove an Asian spices abounding. Very sweet and sexy on the palate with a streak of minerality through its middle. Very sweet finish-you can drink it young, but decant an hour or so.
Drink from 2016 to 2020

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.8