B-21 Top Recommendation
My first taste of Lespault Martillac's 2012 was a real eye-opener. The description given by the gentleman hosting the event, where dozens of the finest 2012s were being reviewed, hushed the room. He proudly declared, "Pomerol in the soil, Domaine de Chevalier in the wine making, and Haut Brion in the package." Bold. Some personal research confirmed his bold intro. Historically speaking, Lespault Martillac dates to the Romans. But its most important chain of events – its modernization – began in 2009, with the arrival of Olivier Bernard (yes, Domaine de Chevalier is, indeed, in the winemaking). Bernard handles everything from winemaking to marketing, and for 2012, he nailed it! The estate itself, a quaint 7 hectare vineyard with soils primarily of white clay, dotted with gravel reminds us of those found in Pomerol – the speaker was spot on, once more – so Bernard utilizes 65% old vine Merlot for the production of the main wine. As for that Haut Brion reference: the dropped shoulder bottle is immediately recognizable. Earning a double-91 point rating for 2012, this is one of my favorite discoveries of the year. Ex-cellar, handsomely priced, I know you'll love it, too.
The 2012 Lespault-Martillac is soft and open-knit, with the fruit pushed forward. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, mint, spice and crushed flowers are all laced together nicely. The 2012 is 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon. Much of the wine's juicy personality comes from the high presence of Merlot. Since 2009 Lespault-Martillac has been managed by Oliver Bernard and his team at Domaine de Chevalier.
91 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Jul 2015)
A solid and silky red with currant, berry and plum character. Full to medium body, fine tannins and a flavorful finish. Stylish and interesting. Better in 2016.
91 points, James Suckling (Feb 2015)
This property, which is owned by Domaine de Chevalier, has produced a wine that is a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a very supple-textured, medium to full-bodied wine, with an impressively saturated ruby/purple color. The graphite, barbecue smoke, blackcurrants and black cherries make for an intriguing and fascinating medium to full-bodied wine with plenty of velvety texture. This is lush, plump, very complex and promising. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.
90 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 218 - Apr 2015)