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Pomerol Tops Parker’s 2012 Ratings

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The world’s most influential wine critic, Robert Parker, has released his in-barrel scored for the 2012 Bordeaux vintage, and it’s the right bank that has won his admiration.

images 6  1All but one of Parker’s top ten wines from the vintage hail from Pomerol or St-Emilion.  The lone left bank estate is first-growth Mouton Rothschild, which receives 95-97 points. Parker writes: “This may be one of the few 2012s that comes close to equalling what was achieved in both 2009 and 2010.” The impressive score will make Mouton Rothschild particularly attractive following its early release at 33 percent price reduction compared to 2011.

But it’s Pomerol at No. 1, 2 and 3, with Chateaux L’Eglise Clinet, Trotanoy and Petrus at the top of Parker’s rankings. Recently promoted St-Emilion estates Angelus and Pavie also sit pretty on 94-96 points, along with fellow premier grand cru classe A estate Cheval Blanc.  However, Ausone manages to top its three A-league rivals with 95-97 points. 

According to Parker: “Along with Petrus, the 2012 L’Eglise Clinet is the potential wine of the vintage.  An amazing tour de force in winemaking, the wine’s inky/purple colour is accompanied by copious notes of spring flowers, crème de cassis, kirsch liqueur, truffles, caramels and graphite.  Full-bodied with enormous concentration, the purity, exquisite balance and sheer gravitas and palate presence of this massive yet phenomenally compelling Pomerol are something to behold.  Kudos to L’Eglise Clinet.”

Parker supports his fellow critics in the view that the 2012 vintage is better than 2011 but does not match up to 2009 or 2010.  “None of the wines possess the concentration, opulence, texture or full-bodied majesty of the 2009s and 2010,” he writes in April’s Wine Advocate.

In his overview of the vintage, Parker provides a warning to the Bordeaux trade, noting that “ concerns must be raised about the viability of buying Bordeaux as a wine future if prices do not drop and make such a proposition attractive to the wine trade as well as to the ultimate drinker of the product, the consumer!”. The trade appears to have already taken this on board with price cuts for some leading wines announced. Chateau Margaux, for example, has released last week with a 33 percent discount compared to 2011, while the price of Chateau Lafite Rothschild has dropped by 21 percent.

Source: Rebecca Gibb
Wine Searcher
30th April 2013

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