2012 Château Lassègue Saint-Émilion Grand Cru
This is a classic, well-structured Right Bank Bordeaux with potential to evolve over time. Deep black fruit and tobacco greet the nose, along with a hint of grassy lift. The full-bodied palate is driven by rich blackberry fruit, cracked pepper, and fresh herbs, supported by grippy tannins that hold everything together.
Château Lassègue is the stunning St. Emilion property purchased by the Jackson Family who made it one of the region's top performers. With Winemaker Pierre Seillan (also of Verite), the Lassègue team turns out exceptional right bank Bordeaux every vintage. Located on the Côte de Saint-Émilion, the vineyards of Château Lassègue are blessed with both extraordinary soils and an ideal south/south-west exposition to the sun. Lassègue is Saint-Émilion at its most opulent.
Old vines averaging 50 years of age grow on the south/southwest hills whose soils of clay and limestone add exquisite minerality to their fruit. Rich, aromatic Cabernet Franc married to the dense concentration of old vine Merlot and seasoned with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon results in a wine that is at once powerful and elegant.
This Library Release of the 2012 vintage is 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 12 months in French oak
93 points, Decanter. "A captivating wine of depth and integrity. Brooding purple aromas of violets, rose petals and lilac...alongside classic Bordeaux aromatics of new leather, cigar box and pencil lead. On the palate, red and black fruit in perfect accord...red cherry, raspberries and wild strawberries entwine with darker, deeper expression of black currants and black-berries...there is earth...forest floor...mushrooms, truffle...anise...herbal tones of deep sage (and oak) couch(es) the vintage in soft and rich notes of vanilla, toast and cedar."