Future’s Tasting 2012

Decanter expert Steven Spurrier’s gives his opinion on the 2012:


“I found the wines more attractive than the 2011s at this early stage – the word ‘cassis’ appears all over my notes to describe the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon fruitiness. But there was a slight greenness and hollow middle to many of the Médocs reds…

“The winners were the dry whites (especially in Pessac-Léognan but all over the region)”
“The principal loser in 2012 was Sauternes, where yields were tiny, quality variable and the economically pressed region was not helped by the corporate-owned châteaux d’Yquem, Rieussec and Suduiraut announcing that they would not be producing any grand vin.”
This notwithstanding,  Château Suau, a second Grand Cru Classé followed by Grandissime for the last 3 years, has done extremely well: Congratulations to Corinne Biarnes for her great results in the Wine Spectator:

“Offers fresh pineapple, candied citrus rind and honeysuckle notes, with round, pure finish. JM

Score 88/91.

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