Parker ranks with a maximum of 100 points the wines he tastes. Only a few in the world can hold such privilege, on the other hand, certainly more than deserved, and this time we’ll talk about French wines of the vintage 2012 which the wine lawyer has awarded with his favorable criticism and comments.
Remember that the highest category correspond to wines which obtained between 96 and 100 points, exceptional wines, which would be followed by those receiving between 90 and 95 points by Parker, and that he himself described as superb.
On a lower level we would find some very good wines, which have scores that range from 80 to 89 points and then it would be the passable and less than passable or unacceptable ones.
Focusing only on the first two categories, the highest rated, and referring to the vintage 2012 exclusively, Parker chose as favorites the following: Château
From the Haut Médoc: Château La Lagune and Château Sociando Mallet.
From the area of Margaux: Château Margaux, Château Palmer, Château Lascombes, Château Brane-Cantenac, Alter Ego de Palmer, Château Labégorce, Château Rauzan-Gassies, Château Cantenac Brown, Château Kirwan, Château Marquis d’Alesme Becker, Château Tertre and Château Rauzan-Ségla.
From Pauillac: Château Mouton Rothschild (with an impressive 95-97 points), Château Latour, Château Pontet-Canet, Château Pichon Comtesse de Lalande, Château Lafite – Rothschild, Château Lynch – Moussas, Château d’Armailhac, Les Forts de Latour and Château Batailey.
From Pessac Léognan: Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clement, Château Haut-Bailly, Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Château Fieuzal, Château Larrivet Haut-Brion, Château Latour-Martillac, Domaine de Chevalier, Château Malartic Lagravière, Château Carbonnieux and Château La Louviere.
From Pomerol: Vieux Château Certan, Château L’Eglise-Clinet, Château Rouget, Château Trotanoy, Château Gazin, Château La Conseillante, Château L’Evangile, Petrus, Château Petit-Village and Château Le Pin.
From Saint Emilion: Château Ausone, Château Cheval Blanc, Château Pavie, La Mondotte, Château Pavie Macquin, Château Valandraud, La Chapelle d’Ausone, Clos Fourtet, Château Troplong Mondot, Château Monbousquet, Château Canon La Gaffelière, Château La Dominique, Château Grand Corbin D’Espagne, Château Canon and Clos de L’Oratory.
From Saint Julian: Château Leoville-Las-Cases, Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, Château Leoville Poyferré, Château Branaire Ducru, Clos du Marquis, Château Saint Pierre, Château Leoville Barton, Château Beychevelle and Château Talbot.
Now and considering these data, it is time for taking action. We will divide our strategy in two simple steps: First, run to your own cellar with the list in hand and check if you already have some of these wines. Second, run to your favorite online wine shop (uvinum, of course! with the best prizes) to see if you can buy some still affordable.
Château de Fieuzal (Primeur) 2012
Château Malartic-Lagravière (Primeur) 2012