2012 reds are better than we thought

At the end of April, Robert Parker publishes his review of the 2012 vintage ‘in bottle’. Having tasted a lot of the top reds in bottle, I’m confident that he’ll be pretty enthusiastic about this underrated vintage, which many people dumped into a ‘so-so’ run of 2011, 2012 and 2013. And the great thing is, you can take delivery now and drink them young.

Moueix 2012 - 03 - Version 2

Here are just over 100 wines that I score 90 or more from bottle, listed by appellation, and some dry whites from Pessac-Léognan. Prices are ‘in bond’ (exc duty and VAT). I haven’t had a chance yet to taste the famous Pomerols Vieux Chateau Certan, Le Pin or Lafleur (if they’ll let me) and several St-Emilions including Pavie and Angelus. I have no doubt that the last two will meet with Parker’s approval.

The ‘best to drink’ windows are not a joke. The tannins on many of the wines are so soft that you can drink many of them over the next few years with a great deal of pleasure.

Pauillac Best to drink Score £ Case
Latour 2022-2040 97 N/A
Mouton Rothschild 2021-2040 96 £2,900
Pontet Canet 2015-2030 96 £625
Lafite Rothschild 2020-2038 96 £3,490
Pichon Baron 2016-2030 94 £610
Duhart Milon 2015-2030 93 £485
Forts Latour 2020-2033 93 N/A
Pichon Lalande 2019-2033 93 £610
Grand Puy Lacoste 2016-2023 92 £300
Clerc Milon 2015-2030 92 £360
Petit Mouton 2016-2028 92 £1,075
Lynch Bages 2018-2030 91 £645
Haut Batailley 2016-2027 91 £205
Griffons Pichon Baron 2016-2028 91 £236
Tourelles De Longueville 2015-2027 91 N/A
Carruades Lafite 2015-2028 91 £1,255
Lynch Moussas 2016-2026 90 £198
Grand Puy Ducasse 2017-2027 90 £229
Armailhac 2015-2026 90 £250
Batailley 2016-2029 90 £250
Hauts Pontet Canet 2015-2020 90 £244
Reserve Comtesse 2017-2026 90 £199
Saint Julien Best to drink Score £ Case
Ducru Beaucaillou 2016-2035 96 £670
Leoville Las Cases 2019-2036 94 £940
Saint Pierre 2021-2035 94 £290
Leoville Barton 2018-2033 93 £425
Leoville Poyferre 2016-2030 93 £415
Clos Marquis 2015-2028 92 £280
Croix Beaucaillou 2017-2029 92 £205
Beychevelle 2015-2026 92 £445
Gloria 2016-2030 92 £205
Talbot 2015-2026 91 £285
Gruaud Larose 2015-2027 91 £325
Langoa Barton 2016-2026 91 £270
Lagrange Saint Julien 2016-2028 91 £225
Branaire Ducru 2020-2033 91 £275
Saint Estephe Best to drink Score £ Case
Cos d’Estournel 2017-2032 95 £820
Montrose 2020-2035 94 £550
Calon Segur 2020-2033 93 £500
Lafon Rochet 2016-2028 92 £220
Pagodes Cos 2015-2025 91 £262
de Pez 2016-2026 90 N/A
Le Crock 2016-2024 90 £131
Tronquoy Lalande 2017-2026 90 £171
Margaux Best to drink Score £ Case
Margaux 2021-2036 95 £2,800
Palmer 2020-2035 94 £1,600
Rauzan Segla 2015-2026 93 £400
Malescot St Exupery 2018-2032 93 £285
Pavillon Rouge 2017-2026 93 £860
Brane Cantenac 2015-2026 92 £295
Giscours 2016-2026 92 £250
Issan 2017-2030 92 £275
Lascombes 2016-2025 92 £365
Durfort Vivens 2016-2027 91 £210
Alter Ego Palmer 2018-2028 91 £370
Cantenac Brown 2015-2025 91 £250
Labegorce 2015-2027 91 £142
Marquis Terme 2015-2025 91 £220
Kirwan 2018-2029 90 £230
Prieure Lichine 2016-2025 90 £220
Tertre 2018-2026 90 £189
Desmirail 2015-2024 90 £177
Baron Brane 2015-2022 90 £134
Dame Malescot 2017-2025 90 N/A
Haut Medoc Best to drink Score £ Case
Lagune 2016-2027 92 £330
Cantemerle 2017-2026 90 £170
Pessac Leognan Best to drink Score £ Case
Haut Brion 2017-2035 96 £2,605
Mission Haut Brion 2018-2035 95 £1,450
Haut Bailly 2017-2030 93 £400
Smith Haut Lafitte 2017-2030 93 £415
Domaine de Chevalier 2017-2028 91 £325
Malartic Lagraviere 2016-2026 91 £208
Pape Clement 2017-2030 91 £465
Carmes Haut Brion 2017-2027 91 £328
Clarence Haut Brion 2015-2025 91 £548
Fieuzal 2016-2025 91 £193
Latour Martillac 2016-2024 90 £165
Chapelle Mission 2015-2024 90 £333
De France 2016-2025 90 £118
Pomerol Best to drink Score £ Case
Petrus 2019-2033 95 £16,700
Trotanoy 2017-2029 95 £2,240
Fleur Petrus 2018-2030 95 £1,215
Hosanna 2017-2028 95 £1,090
Conseillante 2017-2025 94 £635
Evangile 2019-2032 93 £970
Providence 2017-2027 93 £575
Clinet 2016-2026 93 £455
Gazin 2016-2026 92 £415
Latour Pomerol 2016-2026 92 £517
Nenin 2015-2025 91 £287
Bon Pasteur 2017-2026 90 N/A
Saint Emilion Best to drink Score £ Case
Ausone 2018-2032 96 £3,900
Cheval Blanc 2022-2040 95 £3,250
Troplong Mondot 2018-2030 94 £535
Canon Gaffeliere 2016-2026 94 £375
Clos Fourtet 2017-2028 94 £465
Belair Monange 2019-2029 93 £705
Larcis Ducasse 2017-2027 93 £360
Pavie Macquin 2018-2030 93 £395
Tour Figeac 2015-2027 91 £200
La Clotte 2017-2028 91 N/A
Chapelle Ausone 2018-2030 91 £995
Quintus 2016-2025 91 £683
Petit Cheval 2017-2026 91 £1,040
Dominique 2016-2024 91 £225
Moulin Saint Georges 2017-2027 91 £205
Villemaurine 2015-2025 91 N/A
Grand Mayne 2016-2025 91 £202
Gaffeliere 2018-2030 91 N/A
Berliquet 2017-2025 90 £190
Figeac 2018-2027 90 £495
Trottevieille 2018-2028 90 £476
Couspaude 2018-2027 90 £287
Soutard 2017-2026 90 £216
Haut Simard 2016-2025 90 N/A

 

 

Pessac Leognan White Best to drink Score £ Case
Haut Brion Blanc 2018-2028 95 £6,445
Mission Haut Brion Blanc 2017-2027 94 £4,359
Pape Clement Blanc 2017-2024 94 £967
Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2016-2021 94 £573
Domaine Chevalier Blanc 2016-2025 92 £568
Malartic Lagraviere Blanc 2016-2020 92 £386
Bouscaut Blanc 2015-2019 91 £206
Haut Bergey Blanc 2015-2019 91 £197
Larrivet Haut Brion Blanc 2016-2021 91 £236
Latour Martillac Blanc 2015-2019 91 £190
Carbonnieux Blanc 2015-2019 90 £184
Clarte Haut Brion 2016-2020 90 £640
Louviere Blanc 2015-2018 90 £208
Picque Caillou Blanc 2015-2019 90 £208
Olivier Blanc 2015-2019 89 £188
Fieuzal Blanc 2015-2019 88 £313