Roger Voss

Roger Voss

European Editor

Reviews wines from Portugal and France.

Roger Voss is a veteran wine and food author, and a journalist and has been writing about wine and food for the past 25 years. His books include France: A Feast of Food and Wine; The Wines of the Loire; Pocket Guide to the Wines of the Loire, Alsace and the Rhône; and Fortified Wines. He is based in Bordeaux, France, and reviews the wines of Portugal and France (except for wines from Alsace, Languedoc-Roussillon and the Rhône Valley).

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Château Haut-Brion 2012 White (Pessac-Léognan)

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This wine encompasses all the star qualities of white Bordeaux. Lemon and grapefruit tones are balanced by ripe yellow fruit and spicy toastiness. Everything is in harmony in this wine that is sure to age well. Drink from 2019.

 — R.V.  (5/1/2015)
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Château Mouton Rothschild 2012 Red (Pauillac)

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  1. $365

This is a beautifully opulent wine, great Mouton in its richness and succulent fruits. It’s combines structure and obvious new-wood aging with hugely ripe black plum and currant flavors. While it is a pleasure to taste now, there is a great tannic structure in the background to give the sense of power and aging potential. Drink from 2024.

 — R.V.  (5/1/2015)
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Château Pétrus 2012 Red (Pomerol)

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Another great wine from Pétrus, this has enormous depths without losing any of the fruit or freshness of Merlot in 2012. It’s massive while also elegant, weighty, richly full-bodied and also structured. At this stage the wine does show some signs of wood aging, which will diminish as it ages. The fruitiness is deceptive because this wine demands aging. Drink from 2024.

 — R.V.  (5/1/2015)
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Château Climens 2011 White (Barsac)

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This is a rich, complex wine, full of dry botrytis that is surrounded by ripe honey. Spice, white peach and green plum jelly give complexity and variety. The acidity at the end is beautiful. The wine is already enticing but will need many years to develop fully. Drink from 2022.

 — R.V.  (5/1/2015)
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Château Calon Ségur 2012 Red (Saint-Estèphe)

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  1. $70

Firm and structured, this beautifully concentrated wine has plenty of the dark tannins that come out of Cabernet Sauvignon in Saint-Estèphe while allowing room for juicy fruit. The wood aging is still showing, giving some spice to the wine. At the end, it’s the density of the wine that’s so impressive. Drink from 2024.

 — R.V.  (5/1/2015)
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Château Haut-Brion 2012 Red (Pessac-Léognan)

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Firm and solid, this is one of the successes of 2012. It’s properly dark and tough at this stage, with that serious intent that’s a hallmark of Haut-Brion. Layers of firm tannins are interspersed with blackberry fruits and juicy acidity. The wine is dense and concentrated, with the wood aging still showing. This powerful wine will need many years. Drink from 2024.

 — R.V.  (5/1/2015)
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Château Lafite Rothschild 2012 Red (Pauillac)

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  1. $550

Showing the serious side of Lafite, this is big and dark, powered by tannins as much as fruit. The wood aging is still showing, although that will integrate into the great structure that holds up the ripe black currant fruits. Totally dominated by some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, this wine has strength while also having great freshness. Drink from 2024.

 — R.V.  (5/1/2015)
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Château Léoville Las Cases 2012 Red (Saint-Julien)

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  1. $140

This combines considerable power and concentration with rich, impressive fruits. It has both style and elegance, with density to give it great aging potential. The tannins are firm while also having a velvet texture. The wine, dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, is for serious aging. Drink from 2025.

 — R.V.  (5/1/2015)
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