VINOUS 2012: Which wine is the hidden gem?

January 14th, 2016 @ 12:00am Jonathan Maltus Wine


Vieux Château Mazerat 2012, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

95 Points – ‘Best of the best list’ – Antonio Galloni

The 2012 Vieux Chateau Mazerat is soft, sensual and nicely layered in the glass, with plenty of bold, red-fleshed fruit, expressive aromatics and a totally sensual, inviting personality. The most refined and polished of Jonathan Maltus's wines, Vieux Château Mazerat is less explosive than most of the other selections in the range. Instead, Vieux Château Mazerat makes its case with finesse. Mazerat, a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc from a site planted on clay over limestone, is a fabulous example of the modern style of Saint Emilion. It is also the hidden gem in this range. - Antonio Galloni  


Le Dôme 2012, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

94+ Points

The Cabernet Franc-based 2012 Le Dôme is the most reticent and inward of Jonathan Maltus's 2012s. Readers will find very little of the vintage's early appeal here.Instead, Le Dôme is a big, dramatic wine that is likely to require at least a few years in bottle to come together. A host of dark cherry, plum and smoke notes gradually emerge in the glass, but the 2012 needs time. The only question is how much. Still, I am quite drawn by this fabulous Saint-Emilion that touches Angelus on one side and Canon on the others. - Antonio Galloni  


Les Astéries 2012, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

93+ Points

The 2012 Les Astéries, from a parcel just 100 meters away from Le Carré, is silky, finessed and nuanced, with striking precision and gorgeous length. The Astéries is much more reticent than the Le Carré, with less opulence and overtness, but it more than makes up for that with its persistence. The 2012 needs a few years to fully blossom, but it is striking, even today. Licorice, mint, pine and crushed rocks give an extra kick of energy to the dark-fleshed fruit. - Antonio Galloni  

Le Carré 2012, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

93 Points

A powerful, full-throttle wine, 2012 Le Carré hits the palate with serious intensity. Black cherries, plums, smoke and licorice meld together in a dark, baritone Saint Emilion built on resonance and concentration. The 2012 can be drunk now or cellared for another decade. The super-ripe, voluptuous style is incredibly alluring. - Antonio Galloni  


Château Laforge 2012, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

92 Points

The 2012 Laforge is another gorgeous wine from Jonathan Maltus. Nuanced and delineated in the glass, with superb mid-palate intensity, the 2012 is impeccable from start to finish. Sweet plum, cherry pit, slate and smoke open up in the glass. The 2012 is wonderfully energetic and centered, and offers lovely poise and balance. Readers can drink the 2012 now or cellar it for another decade, perhaps longer. Hints of mocha, sweet French oak and spices add a modern, racy sheen to the finish. The 2012 is 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc blended across the three main terroirs found in Saint-Emilion. - Antonio Galloni  


Château Teyssier 2012, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

90 Points

The 2012 Chateau Teyssier is soft, supple and expressive. Sweet red cherry, plum, spice, mint and cinnamon all open up in the glass. Racy and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2012 is a great example of the forward, open-knit appeal of the year. As is often the case, Teyssier delivers exceptional quality for the money. The blend is approximately 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. - Antonio Galloni 


Le Nardian 2012, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

91 Points

The 2012 Nardian, Jonathan Malthus's white, is intense and honeyed on the palate, with striking depth and a bold, flamboyant personality that demands attention. The blend is 40% Sauvignon, 40% Semillon and 20% Muscadelle. The malolactic fermentation is fully blocked, which means the richness and exoticism comes from low yields and the unusually high presence of Muscadelle. Honey, almonds, wild flowers, orange peel and apricot jam meld into the racy finish. - Antonio Galloni  


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