From the luxury, 12-acre boutique outpost of the Neipperg family, the 2012 La Mondotte (generally 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc) has an inky/purple color, sweet mulberry, black cherry and cassis note, stunning purity and full-bodied texture. The wine’s opulence and voluptuous character compare to its greatest vintages, such as 1998, 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010. Its great terroir (clay and limestone soils) shines through with a stunning effort in the vintage. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. Apr 2015, www.robertparker.com
This is very intense with great depth of fruit and length. Full body, with super integrated tannins and a long, long finish. The minerality and citrusy acidity gives the wine wonderful tension and length. James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
Delivers singed vanilla and apple wood notes melding with a core of steeped plum and red currant fruit. A sanguine hint emerges slowly on the finish, while briar and mineral notes add range. The minerality will help this stretch out. WineSpectator.com—J.M.