Dame de Coeur 2012 GRAND VIN DE BORDEAUX - MILLÉSIME 2012
In addition to our always impressive old vine block of Merlot, we were particularly impressed with the quality of our Cabernet Franc in 2012. In this fully ripe vintage it adds a gravelly minerality to Merlot’s ample fruit.
The supple wine is both intense and graceful with an opulent purple color. It swirls with rich aromas and flavors of dense jammy red fruit mixed with blackberry. Those meld with nutmeg, clove, black pepper and insinuations of vanilla bean. The refined, velvety tannins create a succulent mouthfeel with some hints of toast and smoky, sweet oak to the long, luxurious finish.
This wine will be charming and fruity in its youth but will surely improve in the cellar.
Wine Making Method: Natural, native yeast fermentation, vegan.
Varieties: 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc
Soil: Clays, Ferruginous Limestone Subsoil
Harvest: Hand harvest plot by plot at optimum ripeness. The grape crop is density sorted and by hand in our cellar.
Maturation: 100% in French oak new barrels for 18 months. Full malolactic fermentation took place in barrel.
91 points by James Suckling
90+ points by Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate
91 points by Roger Voss - The wine Enthusiat
91 Points By Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider