In line with my new Fronsac, resulting from the maturity of my work as a wine merchant and wine grower in the vineyard and in the cellar – with the help of my accomplice, the Bordeaux oenologist Pascal Chatonnet – the 2012 vintage of this new red Bordeaux AOC is in fact the “brother” of the 2012 Fronsac cuvée, being a vat selection of this vintage, supplemented with a small percentage of wine from outside the Fronsac AOC. Just like the latter, it signs with panache an equally striking evolution in my work with my accomplices. It also benefits from the new parcels of vines better situated on the Fronsac hillside, as well as a certain proportion of very old Cabernet Franc vines, which support the elegant, fruity and radiant enveloping and textured Merlot. The astonishing maturity, for the vintage, of the cuvées we have managed to blend in this 2012 vintage, gives this Bordeaux AOC an astonishing aromatic definition for its rank, as well as a fruitiness that has brilliance, and tannins that are both ripe and extra fine.
Coming from the very good, but heterogeneous 2012 vintage, where only the best plots in hillside situation, as is the case for part of the blend of this Bordeaux AOC from the Fronsac hillsides, offered the best results. The origin of the plots of vines that we have selected, as well as the astonishing maturity, for the vintage, of the cuvées that we have managed to blend in this 2012 vintage, give this Bordeaux an astonishing aromatic definition for its rank, as well as a fruitiness that has brilliance, and tannins that are both ripe and extra fine. A 10-month stay in barrels [in two-year old casks], without using new barrels, so as not to unnecessarily mark the wine with wood, gives way to the expression of the terroirs and grape varieties.
A Bordeaux from the right bank, dominated by the seductive Merlot grape variety, but to which the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc bring race and brightness, with a fruity nose and quite rich for its rank. A wine bursting with flavors on the palate, ample, with an almost velvety texture, enhanced by a beautiful natural freshness and held by a grain of extra fine tannins, marked by a long roasted red fruit finish.