En Primeur, Day Four:
The Year of the Three Ps

Ratings and reviews of stellar wines from Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe and Saint-Julien.

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Château Mouton Rothschild 2012 Barrel Sample Red (Pauillac)

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96–98. Barrel sample. This powerful, impressive wine is comprised of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon. It's seriously structured, with loads of black currants and dark tannin, and revels on the finish with the juicy, fresh acidity of this vintage. A fine Mouton, this is the first vintage produced in the chateau’s new cellar.

 — R.V.  (4/11/2013)
97
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Château Pontet-Canet 2012 Barrel Sample Red (Pauillac)

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96–98. Barrel sample. This is a structured, ripe wine that also has a great sense of freshness—vibrant blackberry flavor and lively acidity. The finish retains the same delicious freshness and brightness of this vintage.

 — R.V.  (4/11/2013)
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Château Lafite Rothschild 2012 Barrel Sample Red (Pauillac)

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95–97. Barrel sample. Full and powerfully concentrated, this wine has dense acidity, sweet black fruits and very fine tannins. The concentration is enormous but it expresses itself through the prism of smooth, velvet-textured tannins.

 — R.V.  (4/11/2013)
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Château Léoville Las Cases 2012 Barrel Sample Red (Saint-Julien)

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95–97. Barrel sample. This is a very solid wine with tannins that are very firm and dense. There is power without excessive alcohol, lending a classic feel, and a pure line from fruit, acidity and tannin. The result is as much about fruit as structure.

 — R.V.  (4/11/2013)
95
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Château Calon Ségur 2012 Barrel Sample Red (Saint-Estèphe)

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94–96. Barrel sample. Big and ripe, this is a powerful wine with 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, giving the wine a solid, dusty structure but also delicious fruit. Finishes with a touch of chocolate at the end.

 — R.V.  (4/11/2013)
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Château Cos d'Estournel 2012 Barrel Sample Red (Saint-Estèphe)

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94–96. Barrel sample. Big and rich with lots of chocolate and ripe black-plum fruits, this is a very structured wine, showing some extraction but also spice and sweet tannins. Powerful, but with a finish that is like a cool breeze.

 — R.V.  (4/11/2013)
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Château Ducru Beaucaillou 2012 Barrel Sample Red (Saint-Julien)

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94–96. Barrel sample. This is a glamorous wine with acidity and structure surrounded by a ripe fruit character. The palate is powerful, and already quite complex, with both great fruitiness and a solid feel.

 — R.V.  (4/11/2013)
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Château Léoville Barton 2012 Barrel Sample Red (Saint-Julien)

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94–96. Barrel sample. Firmly tannic in character, this wine is dry and extracted. There’s potential for this powerful, impressive wine to bear the wine’s very dry character with the weight of its fruit.

 — R.V.  (4/11/2013)
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