2012 de Chambrun, Lalande-de-Pomerol

SKU #1304514 90 points James Suckling

 Delicate aromas of fresh strawberries, plums and hints of chocolate. Full body, velvety tannins, good acidity and a long and concentrated finish. Drink in 2017.  (2/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 As for their basic cuvée, the 2012 Chambrun exhibits nice earthy black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, spice box, smoke and lush medium-bodied flavors. Drink it over the next 5-7 years. (RP)  (4/2015)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Red cherry, smoke and flowers on the nose, along with an autumnal underbrushy nuance. Clean and fresh on entry, then easygoing in the middle, showing moderately intense flavors of strawberry, violet and herbs. The moderately long finish of this pretty wine features zippy acidity. (ID)  (5/2013)

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2017 | Send Email
This flashy and earthy wine is filled with cocoa accents, blackberry fruit and toasty oak. The middle is soft and rich and the finish is ripe and sweet with traces of mineral poking through. Delicious and ready to drink.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2017 | Send Email
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Beautiful blackberry infused wine. So soft and lovely after 30 minutes of air. Lots of toasty oak. A winner from a Chateau to watch in the future.
Drink from 2017 to 2027

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2017 | Send Email
Awesome, awesome Merlot from Pomerol... New World style, shows a little cocoa and vanilla on the palate alongside a waterfall of black fruit. Delicious,

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