Domaine de Baron’arques 2012

A lovely, deep and glittering ruby red, the wine has a subtle and pleasant nose with a seductive aromatic complexity. On airing, scents of rose and peony mingle with notes of blackberry, raspberry and jammy fruit, enhanced by attractive toasted aromas. The attack is clearly defined and full and the well-balanced palate reveals black fruit flavours together with notes of roasted coffee and cocoa. The mid-palate is dense and pleasantly fresh, with a fine tannic structure, while the long and succulent finish displays pleasant coffee and spice notes.

2012

Domaine de Baron’arques 2012

Varietal mix Bordeaux varieties
60% Merlot
13% Cabernet Franc
7% Cabernet Sauvignon

Mediterranean varieties
11% Syrah
9% Malbec

Maturing 25% new barrels
75% 1- to 3-year-old barrels

Tasting notes

A lovely, deep and glittering ruby red, the wine has a subtle and pleasant nose with a seductive aromatic complexity. On airing, scents of rose and peony mingle with notes of blackberry, raspberry and jammy fruit, enhanced by attractive toasted aromas. The attack is clearly defined and full and the well-balanced palate reveals black fruit flavours together with notes of roasted coffee and cocoa. The mid-palate is dense and pleasantly fresh, with a fine tannic structure, while the long and succulent finish displays pleasant coffee and spice notes.

2012 was a normal year in terms of both rainfall (578 mm) and temperature (13.3° C on average over the year).

The year began with a cold winter: temperatures remained below zero from 1 to 15 February, reaching a low of -10° C.

The weather turned mild in March. Budbreak began on 27 March for the first Merlots and ended with the Cabernet Sauvignons on 5 April.

In a wet spring, cool weather in April was followed by milder temperatures in May. Flowering took place normally from 29 May to 11 June.

The summer saw small but regular amounts of rainfall and very hot weather in August, when the average temperature was 23.3° C.

Veraison began on 1 August for the Merlots and ended on 27 August for the Cabernet Sauvignons, a week later than the average.

The harvest took place in fine weather at the usual period for the Domaine.

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