Was 2012 a good year for Medoc?

Was 2012 a good year for Medoc?

A very good year in Pomerol and, selectively, St Emilion. Variable in the Médoc but some very successful wines. The best are pure, fruity, finely shaped and will be delicious to drink. A good year in the Graves, if merlot plays an important role.

Is 2012 a good year for Bordeaux wine?

The 2012 Bordeaux vintage is a mixed bag, but there are some great wines to be found, particularly in Pomerol, St-Émilion and Pessac-Léognan—and even some surprising values. As a side note, the white wines from Pessac-Léognan that I tasted were uniformly terrific; it looks to be a great year for Bordeaux whites.

How was the 2012 vintage in Bordeaux?

2012 Vintage – Bordeaux The 2012 vintage for Bordeaux was small and difficult at times, but not without moments of greatness. Spring was tricky, with damp conditions – April was extraordinarily wet – delaying both budburst and flowering, the latter finally occurred in June.

When should I drink Bordeaux 2012?

Choose carefully and avoid label-drinking. The best wines of 2012, much like those of 2011, will offer early appeal. The majority of the 2012s will probably be best during the decade following their release, with only a few of the top wines possessing the density, ripeness and structure for longer-term aging.

How long can you age a Bordeaux?

Bordeaux wine is one of the best aging wines displaying a slow, gentle rise in maturity and complexity, followed by a period of peak drinkability. High-quality Bordeaux should be aged for at least 10 years but normally reach their peak in the 15-20 year range.

Why is Penfold Grange so expensive?

Setting records. As Grange is a wine best cellared – left to ferment over a considerable length of time – decades-old bottles are regularly sold at auction. 1951 Grange has become so valuable because, although it was bottled, it was never commercially released.

What is the most expensive Penfolds Grange?

In July a single bottle of Penfolds Grange from 1951 was sold at auction for a record-breaking $142,131, making it the most expensive bottle of Australian wine ever sold. If that seems too cheap to you, in December 2020 a complete Penfolds Grange set of 64 bottles dating from 1951 to 2014 sold for $430,000.

Is 2015 a good year for Bordeaux wine?

The 2015 vintage is the second excellent year in a row following the quietly successful 2014—and it’s positioned just ahead of the potentially classic 2016 and promising 2017. Growing conditions in 2015 were ideal for ripening Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Bordeaux’s leading red grapes.