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Château Olivier Grand Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan 2012

Bordeaux, France

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Open, supple style with elegant, medium weight, chocolatey tannins and fruity flavours of plum, black cherry and sweet liquorice. Hugely enjoyable drinking!

Decant for a couple of hours and have with aged parmesan, roast lamb with garlic and rosemary, ox cheek or beef daubes.
Dating from the 11th century, Château Olivier is Bordeaux's oldest properties. It has one of the few genuine castles in the region - it even has a moat! In 1867, the property was bought by Bordeaux's mayor, Alexandre de Bethmann, and the estate remains in Bethmann family hands today, with Jean-Jacques de Bethmann the current manager. As well as its "grand vin" (i.e. this wine), Château Olivier makes two "second" wines and a white wine. (Pessac is famous for its whites too.)
The 2012 is made from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance mostly Merlot, but including too a dash of exotic Petit Verdot. Ageing is for around one year in 30% new French oak barrel. 
Bordeaux 2012 was a year in which the crucial period leading up to the harvest was blighted by heavy rains; still, it is the best of the three vintages that follow the superlative 2009s and 2010s. Making great wine was possible only in the more uptown appellations, like Pessac-Léognan, and even then only in modest volumes, so severe was the fruit selection that was required.


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Alcohol: 13.5%
Style: Elegant, smooth, complex
Closure: Cork
Drink by: 2027


The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker

"Exhibits nice, sweet black cherry, strawberry and currant fruit and spicy oak, earth and spice ... Kudos to proprietor Jean-Jacques de Bethmann for upgrading the performance of this estate."

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