When Robert Parker made his announcement, even the mega-rich château owners on Bordeaux’s Left Bank shuddered. Other critics, long jealous of “The King’s” impact on the Place de Bordeaux, snickered, suggesting that it was time for an heir apparent to take the throne.
But then Parker did what he’s done over and over again since 1983. While he wouldn’t be attending the en primeur tasting of the 2014 vintage, the creator of The Wine Advocate would be revisiting the 2012s. Up and down the banks of the Gironde, from Tokyo to New York, collectors perked up, on high alert.
On the morning of April 30th, The Wine Advocate published a followup 2012 Bordeaux vintage report, entitled, “The Bottled 2012 Bordeaux 1998, 2001, 2006 - Déjà Vu?” To say the least, The King was back!
The 2012 Haut-Brion ($400) went from 93-95 to 98 points, making it the top wine of the vintage. As for Pape Clément, Parker went wild, calling this powerhouse 2012 “iconic … a truly great wine … lush, expansive, savory and profound.” Anticipated maturity? “2015-2040.” Parker’s 97-point upgrade sent collectors and speculators scrambling worldwide.
97 points. $109/bottle. Shipping included on 3. 120 bottles are up for grabs, drawn directly from the cellars in Pessac-Léognan.
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