Château Paloumey 2012
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A vintner’s vintage The 2012 winter was particularly cold and dry. Cool and dampness characterized the spring season and slowed the bloom evolution. The summer started late with a warm weather settling in August: consequently, the maturing was slow and heterogeneous.
Because of the unpredictable weather, mildew was particularly virulent. The August heatwave fortunately helped to fight against the fungus. The warm and sunny weather of September favored the spectacular start of reds' maturation along with concentration of sugars and accumulation of phenolic compounds.
Differences of temperature between day and night and cool nights enhanced aromatic expression and synthesis of anthocyanins. The 2012 harvest marks the return of a more traditional calendar.
The beautiful late season enabled us to wait for grapes’ perfect ripeness. Unfortunately, yields are low.
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Guide Hachette des Vins 2016 : 2 stars
The Wine Enthusiast : 91 (05/01/2015)
This 2012 is full of ripe black fruits, aged in new wood with its mint flavors. It has a good tannic structure, so it will age well.
Robert Parker : 87 SLEEPER OF THE VINTAGE April 2015
Wine Spectator : 87 February 2015
Jancis Robinson : 16 April 2013 Drink 2017-2027
Very dark. Some sweet richness and lusciousness, well done! Dry finish but good luscious fruit on the way there.
Cabernet Sauvignon 49% / Merlot 47% / Cabernet Franc 4%