2012 Chateau Lespault-Martillac Rouge, Pessac-Leognan (750ml)

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# FRLMME12AE
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Pessac-Leognan
Grape Varietal: Merlot
Review Score: 91V, 91JS, 90WA, 89WS
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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)

Fleshy and polished, with a rounded edge to the plum, boysenberry and blackberry compote flavors, carrying through the anise-framed finish. A background hint of roasted apple wood lends just enough contrast. Drink now through 2018. 2,500 cases made.

89 points, Wine Spectator (Mar 2015)