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2012 Château Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarosse Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé

The 2012 exhibits a black/purple color along with a striking nose of incense, spring flowers, blueberries, blackberries and hints of mulberries and crushed chalk. The sumptuous aromatics are followed by a full-bodied, super-concentrated, rich, layered wine that builds incrementally across the palate, finishing with an explosion of fruit, spice, tannin, glycerin and minerality. While neither as backward nor impenetrable as the 2009 and 2010, the 2012 should be approachable in 4-5 years and keep for 2-3 decades. A massive, concentrated effort from this great terroir, the 2012 Beausejour Duffau comes from a 16+-acre vineyard located on the clay and limestone southern slopes of St.-Emilion. It was cropped at 23 hectoliters per hectare, and the final blend was 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. Only 66% of the production went into the top wine, which boasts 14.3% natural alcohol. Readers can usually count on this cuvee being one of the finest wines of the vintage given the talented team behind it, Nicolas Thienpont, Stephane Derenoncourt, David Suire and Julien Lavenu. Rated 93-95+. - Robert M. Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate, Issue 206, April, 2013.

$112.50 the bottle  $1147.56 the case

2012 Château Figeac Saint-Émilion

A beguiling tobacco leaf note weaves up and away from the core of steeped plum and mulled currant fruit, while a sleek iron accent forms the spine and a loamy element creates the backdrop. Shows some pleasant latent grip while the currant detail echoes. Best from 2018 through 2027. 8,330 cases made. Rated 93. - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator March 31, 2015.

$112.50 the bottle  $1113.72 the case

2012 Clos du Marquis Saint-Julien

A textbook St.-Julien, with a core of plum sauce and blackberry paste framed with roasted apple wood and backed by a solid graphite spine. Has the lightly chewy edge of the vintage, but offers good, pure fruit for balance. Best from 2016 through 2022. 9,000 cases made. Rated 90. - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator March 31, 2015.

$67.50 the bottle  $688.56 the case

2012 Château Durfort-Vivens Margaux

Purple-ruby; this is the darkest Durfort-Vivens I can recall. Blackcurrant, mocha, graphite, smoke and herbs on the complex, showy nose, nicely complemented by mellower oak tones. Then surprisingly round, lush and sweet for Durfort-Vivens, with sweet, spicy flavors of dark plum, cassis and mocha. Tightens up slightly with air, finishing with polished tannins and impressive length. This is an almost opulent wine for this chateau and a remarkable success for the vintage. I was not the only critic pleasantly surprised by Gonzague Lurton's wine this year. Tasted May, 2013. Rated 87-90. - Ian d'Agata, vinousmedia.com, May, 2013.

$50.00 the bottle  $510.00 the case

2011 Château Sénéjac Haut-Médoc

Produce of a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2011 vintage Sénéjac is just limpid ruby in color; classic claret aromas of spiced plum tempered with the telltale graphite (we used to say pencil shavings) and bitter chocolate; soft and smooth in texture with just ample astringency holding things together nicely.

$19.99 the bottle  $203.88 the case

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