A Saturday of 2012 Wines

Tasted Saturday, May 4, 2013 by isaacjamesbaker with 520 views

Introduction

I had the chance to taste some new roses as well as the new 2012 Beaujolais wines from Chermette with Peter Weygandt. Not a bad way to spend a sunny Saturday.

Flight 1 - Random Wines Opened on a Sunny Afternoon (2 Notes)

  • 2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Sauvignon Blanc Kick Ranch 91 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County

    First bottle of my Bedrock order, and what a way to start. This SB has great aromas: guava, lime, green apple, mixed with salt, mineral and a hint of sweet basil. Mouth-puckering acid meets creamy body on the palate. Flavors of sour patch kid candies, juiy green apple, guava and a nice mineral edge. Just a hint of hazelnut (some of the wine saw French oak and acacia wood). Long finish. I really like the combination of styles and flavors this wine shows. Really solid SB that would appeal to a lot of palates.

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  • 2002 Domaine Langlois-Château Saumur-Champigny Château de Varrains 86 Points

    France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur-Champigny

    Shutdown on the nose at first, but it really opened up, but only after six hours open. At first is was muted and briny, but after six hours it started showing sweet roses and dried berries. It is a bit over the hill, which is what I thought upon first pour, but it did mellow out to show more green olive, rose petal and dried fruit flavors. A savory aspect made this great with grilled veggies. Over the hill, but it goes to show that time open can do wonders for old wines.

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Flight 2 - 2012 Rose (5 Notes)

Flight 3 - 2012 Pierre-Marie Chermette (5 Notes)

  • 2012 Pierre-Marie Chermette Beaujolais Coeur de Vendange Vignes Centenaires

    France, Burgundy, Beaujolais

    Tasted from two tank sample bottles, one just opened, one that had been open six days. Beautiful stuff here, brisk and tight upon opening, but beautiful and well-integrated from the other bottle. Lovely purity of flavors, very primal and compact, but full of mineral and floral notes that will expand over time.

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  • 2012 Pierre-Marie Chermette Brouilly Pierreux

    France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Brouilly

    Tasted from two tank sample bottles, one just opened, one that had been open six days. Brisk acid, juicy and complex berry fruit, lots of minerals and earth and graphite. The 6-day bottle was so pretty and easy to drink. This will be a beauty, but it needs time.

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  • 2012 Pierre-Marie Chermette Fleurie Poncié

    France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie

    Tasted from two tank sample bottles, one just opened, one that had been open six days. Pure and juicy and full, with lots of ripe berry and cherry flavors. Again, the bottle that had been opened 6 days showed much better.

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  • 2012 Pierre-Marie Chermette Fleurie Les Garants

    France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie

    Tasted from two tank sample bottles, one just opened, one that had been open six days. Like the essence of crushed rocks and red plums. Beautiful acid, utter purity of flavors. I'm always impressed by this wine, but this vintage has some serious potential for aging.

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  • 2011 Pierre-Marie Chermette Moulin-à-Vent Les Trois Roches

    France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Moulin-à-Vent

    Tasted from two tank sample bottles, one just opened, one that had been open six days. That same bright acid and purity of flavors as the other 2012s from Chermette, but this wine shows a distinct earthy, almost soil-like aspect that adds even more complexity. Beautiful acid and minerality, but so much fruit to unpack over the next five years. So pretty.

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