2012 Chateau Rol Valentin, Saint-Emilion (750ml)

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Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Saint-Emilion
Grape Varietal: Merlot
Review Score: 92V, 92JS, 91WA
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

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The 2012 Rol Valentin is powerful, rich and inviting, with its characteristic richness and seamless texture on full display. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and tobacco shape the voluptuous, creamy finish. The 2012 is quite expressive today, but it will be even better in another year or two, once the elements have had a bit more time to fuse together. The creamy, open-knit finish only adds to the wine's considerable appeal. This striking, modern Saint Emilion from Rol Valentin and consulting winemaker Julien Lavenu is one of the sleepers of the vintage. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.

92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Jul 2015)

Lots of meaty, blueberry and wet earth character here. Full body, velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Chewy tannins but this is soft and satisfying. Better in 2017.

92 points, James Suckling (Feb 2015)

Made from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, with a saturated ruby/purple color and dense black cherry and plum-like fruit pushing ripeness to the limit, on the palate the wine is medium to full-bodied, pure, ripe and nicely textured, with soft, round tannins. This is a very successful effort from Rol Valentin that can be approached early on or drunk over the following 10-15 years.

91 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 218 - Apr 2015)