Château Haut-Maurac (Médoc 2012)
Special 6-Pack Price: $117 ($19.50/bottle)
We picked up the last few cases of the 2012 vintage of Château Haut-Maurac at a great price and are passing that savings on to you.
Drinking at its peak, this is a wine of great value, showcasing the strength of Merlot in a somewhat challenging vintage in Bordeaux. With aromas of mocha, blackberry sap, autumn leaves, and a whiff of black pepper spice, it clearly expresses its place. A sip is rounded, generous with fruit but not fruity, and finishing with soft and chewy tannins. It’s a versatile wine that will make a nice complement to a quick appetizer spread of olives and cheese or just about anything off the grill. It’s an ideal wine to stock for drinking through autumn and into the holidays.
Château Haut-Maurac is located on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, in the municipality of Saint-Yzans-de-Médoc. It’s a project owned and led by Olivier Decelle, who’s perhaps best known for rebuilding Mas Amiel, one of the leading and most respected wineries in the Roussillon, and also for bringing Château Jean Faure (neighbor to Château Cheval Blanc in Saint-Émilion) back to prominence. Because of the quality of production under Olivier Decelle, Château Jean Faure’s Grand Cru Classé status was recently restored.
So it comes as no surprise that Olivier Decelle is taking great lengths to ensure this Cru Bourgeois is of the highest quality. Aspects of organic and biodynamic cultivation are used alongside the more conventional lutte raisonée (reasoned fight), all with the aim of producing the best fruit possible.
From 60 acres of 35 year old vines on gravel and clay soils, 2012 Château Haut-Maurac is a blend of 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Malbec. Aging takes place for 18 months, 20% in vats, 80% in oak barrels (25% new).