- Clos Du Mont Olivet Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes 2012 Product #28891 (In Stock)
Until this vintage (and in most critics’ reviews), this wine was called “Montueil la Levade Vieilles Vignes,” but new AOC rules made the Sabon family drop the first part of that name. Regardless, it’s the best vintage I ever recall tasting of this ripe but precise blend of 80% Grenache, plus 10% Carignan and 10% Syrah.
“Bright ruby-red. Spicy cherry and raspberry scents are complicated by fresh flowers and white pepper. Picks up a smoky nuance with air, along with a touch of star anise. In a juicy, precise style, with string finishing cut and silky, harmonious tannins building slowly. Shows the elegant style of this estate to full effect.” International Wine Cellar 90 points
- Clos Du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012 Product #28892 (In Stock)
Always one of the finest values in Chateauneuf du Pape, the 2012 Mont-Olivet is remarkably silky, smooth, and precise in 2012. It gets more gutsy and lush with time in the glass, and the tannins are so ripe and supple that it’s already wonderfully easy to drink. Try to hold on to some for a few years, though, and you’ll get even more fleshy fruit and black olive.
“Deep ruby. Lively aromas of fresh red berries, potpourri and Asian spices, with a hint of blood orange adding an exotic flourish. Smooth, seamless and focused on the palate, offering vibrant, mineral-tinged raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of anise. Supple tannins come on late and add shape to the long, sweet, penetrating finish.”International Wine Cellar 91-93 points
"This is an estate that is at the top of their game. More serious and age-worthy, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape is an impressive traditional cuvee that offers textbook black cherry, ground herbs, underbrush, leather, and spice-driven aromas and flavors. This medium-bodied, mid-weight effort is nicely balanced, with clean integrated acidity and fine tannin. It should have a decade or more of prime drinking.”Wine Advocate 89-91 points