This shows incredible decadence and opulence for the vintage with dried meat, black berry, blueberries and hints of mushroom. Full body, very polished silky tannins and a chewy finish. Lots of richness for the vintage. Persistent palate. This was aged 35% in cement eggs for 12 months. Better in 2018.
This impeccably run, biodynamically farmed estate of Alfred Tesseron goes from strength to strength. The 2012 triumphs once again with its notes of dark plum, blackcurrant, licorice and almost a hint of truffle, its full-bodied, supple tannins, and beautiful, expensive mouthfeel. Complex and deep, this dense ruby/purple-colored wine may not be at the level of the 2009 or 2010, but it is a successful wine in this vintage, and a significant wine in 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035.
This tastes jammy and very fruity, with tannins that are totally enveloped by the rich texture. Plummy and comfortable, it's all about ripe berries and currants. Smoky flavors come from the wood aging, and contrast with the Port-like lusciousness of the wine.
Broad and fleshy, with an alluring feel to the layers of steeped plum, blackberry coulis and raspberry reduction notes, all gliding over ample but polished tannins. Loam, tobacco and warm stone accents stay in the background for now but add steady base notes to the finish. Packs in solid fruit for the vintage, with a commensurate tug of earth. Best from 2017 through 2025.
Tasted blind. A strange wine or a strange bottle? I'd certainly like to re-taste this. This was the first year they reduced oak in favour of amphorae. Very discreet on the nose. Lots tucked in here. We asked for a second bottle because it seemed so advanced. Apricots on the nose. Strange! Not quite enough going on, on the palate. But there is lots of tannin certainly. Wait and hope? Very odd nose. (I note that en primeur I remarked on its 'highly distinctive' nose and rather disappointing finish.) Jancis Robinson
Lovely aromas of violets, dark berries and hint of mixed herbs. Full bodied, generous, accessible flavours with long length. Velvety tannins with roundness and delicacy with more detail and length than the 2011. by jeannie cho lee in 2013
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