En Primeur, Day Two:
The Magic of Merlot

Ratings and reviews of stellar wines from Saint-Émilion and Pomerol.

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Château Pétrus 2012 Barrel Sample Red (Pomerol)

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96–98. Barrel sample. The first vintage from a newly-constructed cellar, this is a beautiful wine, with glorious Merlot flavors. It's full of spice and dense with velvet tannins. The wine has great opulence and its fruit is well integrated into the structure.  — R.V.  (4/9/2013)
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Château Ausone 2012 Barrel Sample Red (Saint-Émilion)

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95–97. Barrel sample. Dominated by Cabernet Franc, this is a firm, solid and beautifully perfumed wine, lighter than some wines from Ausone. The tannins are velvet although with a strong mineral character. It's fruity at the same time as being structured—a wine for long-term aging.  — R.V.  (4/9/2013)
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Château Cheval Blanc 2012 Barrel Sample Red (Saint-Émilion)

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95–97. Barrel sample. An impressively dense wine with a serious structure. Dusty tannins go with a powerful structure and a wonderfully deep texture. Very solid and chunky.  — R.V.  (4/9/2013)
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Château Valandraud 2012 Barrel Sample Red (Saint-Émilion)

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95–97. Barrel sample. Promoted to Saint-Emilion’s elite Premier Grand Cru Classé category, Valandraud's 2012 shows both a mineral character and intense acidity to go with the smooth and beautiful black currant fruits. Power and elegance.  — R.V.  (4/9/2013)
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Château Angélus 2012 Barrel Sample Red (Saint-Émilion)

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94–96. Barrel sample. A seriously rich, full, extracted wine, packed with dense tannins and complex fruits. The wine has weight, dark tannins and a solid character that will certainly age well.  — R.V.  (4/9/2013)
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Château Bélair-Monange 2012 Barrel Sample Red (Saint-Émilion)

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94–96. Barrel sample. Now incorporating the Magdelaine vineyard, Bélair-Monange is a fine, complex wine, dense and just austere. The wine is firmly in the tannic style—dark and brooding.  — R.V.  (4/9/2013)
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Château la Fleur-Pétrus 2012 Barrel Sample Red (Pomerol)

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94–96. Barrel sample. The neighbor of Pétrus, La Fleur-Pétrus is darkly tannic, rich, spicy and powerful. It's rich—touched by wood and black plum skins—and intently structured for long-term aging.  — R.V.  (4/9/2013)
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Château Pavie 2012 Barrel Sample Red (Saint-Émilion)

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94–96. Barrel sample. This is a powerful wine which exhibits a change in style towards elegance in recent years. The palate has delicious Merlot fruitiness along with black-currant acidity and a dense structure. Fine minerality at the end with juicy acidity.  — R.V.  (4/9/2013)
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