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Château de Lussac, Lussac St Emilion 2012

Château de Lussac was founded in 1876 and has been the property of Mme G Laviale-Van Malderen and her husband Hervé since the 2000 vintage. The vineyard, like the winemaking equipment has been refurbished. And today Chateau de Lussac produces some of the affordable and approachable wines in the Saint Emilion region, on a terrain of clay and loam.

The 2012 is a testament to the aging potential of these Bordeaux wines. 77% Merlot & 23% Cabernet Franc. The 2012 Chateau de Lussac typically displays a ruby colour, hinting at its age. On the nose unfolds a captivating bouquet. Initial aromas of ripe black fruit, such as black cherry and cassis, take centre stage. These are soon complemented by more subtle hints of spice, like pepper and clove, adding an intriguing layer of complexity.

The first sip reveals a beautifully balanced palate. The initial impression is one of ripe fruit flavours, echoing the notes of blackcurrant, blackberry, and cherry detected on the nose. These juicy characteristics are then complemented by a touch of oak influence, manifesting as a hint of vanilla. The tannins, which would have been more pronounced in the wine’s youth, have softened considerably with age, resulting in a smooth and supple mouthfeel. The finish is likely to be medium in length, leaving a lingering taste of dark fruit and a touch of spice on the tongue.

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