2012 Chateau Paveil-de-Luze

Year: 2012
Appellation: Margaux
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 87
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 89
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$29.95

"Shows singed savory and thyme notes, with a core of bitter plum and black cherry paste flavors. A lightly chalky thread holds the finish. Drink now through 2016. 160,900 cases made.–JM" (WS)

"The president of the society of cru bourgeois (Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc), Baron De Luze, has produced another beautiful wine from his lovely estate. His 2012 Margaux exhibits supple texture, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, loads of blackcurrants, a hint of forest floor and floral notes. This is a silky textured, medium-bodied, yet lovely, concentrated wine that is endearing, complex, and typical of this terroir, which is probably under-rated and could easily qualify as a classified growth. Drink it over the next 7-10 years. A sleeper." (WA)

"A powerful, authoritative wine, the 2012 Paveil de Luze is shaping up to be one of the under-the-radar gems of the year. Earthy and smoky notes add nuance, but it is the wine's explosive, deep personality that stands out most. Expressive floral, savory and ferrous notes meld into the expressive finish. Although the 2012 is more power than finesse, it offers exceptional balance and tons of personality. The blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. This is an impressive effort from Paveil de Luze, a Margaux property that could probably be a classified growth. Simon Blanchard is the consulting winemaker." (VM)

"This structured wine has firm tannins and a solid core of wood-aging flavors. At the same time it shows some of the style of Margaux with its balanced acidity and ripe berry fruits. Age until at least 2018." (WE)

AN ASTONISHING CLASSIC TASTING MARGAUX AREA WINE FROM 2012 & WELL WORTH $29.95 2012 CHATEAU de LUZE, Appellation MARGAUX

Before trying this wine, I was on the skeptical side mainly because of it being from the so-so 2012 vintage and from a Chateau that I had mixed results from in long years past. Then I tried the wine and I was blown away by its incredible classic elegant Margaux character. It is a text-book example of what fine wines from the Margaux area are all about. With its pronounced velvety overtones, it’s long on the palate beguiling subtle flavors and its hints of fresh violets and rose-petals. As Cyrano de Bergerac describes his love Roxanne, this is a beauty in an ethereal silken gown.

Though Parker (himself) rated the wine only an 89/90 I gladly promote it to a winner with a 94+ rating. Parker is much more generous when he personally describes this wine, in his Guide and notes, “The president of the society of cru bourgeois (Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc), Baron De Luze, has produced another beautiful wine from his lovely estate. His 2012 Margaux exhibits supple texture, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel (sic), loads of blackcurrants, a hint of forest floor and floral notes. This is a silky textured, medium-bodied, yet lovely, concentrated wine that is endearing, complex, and typical of this soil, which is probably under-rated and could easily qualify as a classified growth. Drink it over the next 7-10 years. A sleeper.”

RATING: 94+

PRICE: $29.95, ****

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

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Winery Notes:
The first vintage produced with our talented consultant, Stéphane Derenoncourt. A new standard has been achieved. The 2010 vintage of Paveil reveals the full potential of the fabulous terroir on which we have the good fortune to be able to plant our vines. Tremendous purity of fruit, a creaminess envelopes the palate before the fireworks begin with an explosion of flavours, and a smooth, complex finish. Put some in your cellar quickly, before it all goes!

Terroir:
Paveil de Luze’s 80 acre vineyard remains unchanged from its boundaries three centuries ago. A blend of varied gravels provides natural drainage, a critical factor in low elevation Margaux.

Grapes:
Cabernet Sauvignon - 70% Merlot - 30%

AGE of VINES:
40 – 50 years on average.

VITICULTURE:
Traditional plowing, pruning, leaf thinning, grape trimming and green harvesting plus leaf-thinning at the end of July on the shady side and at the end of August on the sunny side. Hand harvesting exclusively

VINIFICATION:
A balance of tradition and modernity:
• Extensive table sorting; 100% destemming; maceration at 8 degrees for 48 hours.
• State of the art fermentation room with electronically operated stainless steel vats specially designed to match selected grape varietals (21 days).
• Cold soak for color and aroma.
• Aging in French oak barrels for 12 months (25% new oak).