Wine Cellar has unearthed yet another unbelievable parcel direct from the château: a mature Bordeaux to dress your Christmas table.
Having received up to 96/100 from Robert Parker in top vintages, Laforge is a leading, modern-style St Émilion, and the 2002 is now entering its drinking window. Although it wasn’t one of the great Bordeaux vintages, it offers a lovely balance of classic nuances, sweet berry fruit and refined, dry tannins. Serve with stuffed chicken or turkey, or drink over the next 3-5 years.
Château Laforge was purchased in 1998 from the daughter of the local blacksmith by Jonathan Maltus, owner of Château Teyssier. The vineyard was based on a gravel outcrop that had been assembled over generations, with land appropriated in lieu of unpaid bills. Maltus has since acquired additional vineyards on both sandy and clay over limestone soils in St Émilion Grand Cru. The 6 hectares of Laforge now uniquely draw together the 3 terroirs of this special appellation.
Simply put, this delicious wine usually sells at double the price and offers stupendous value.
From the Maltus portfolio, we also offer the flagship Le Dôme 2012 (R 2,500, AG 94) which is composed of 80% old-vine Cabernet Franc, as well as the terrific value Château Teyssier2014 (R 425, AG 91). Both will age well for a decade or more.
Château Laforge, St Émilion 2002, R 450
Good core of fruit in this wine, with berry and mineral character throughout. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a long finish. From the same producer as Château Teyssier. Mostly Merlot. – Wine Spectator, 89-91/100
Excellent, deep purple, exotic, cigar, dark chocolate and blackberry fruit aromas. Concentrated without too much extraction, explosive pure blackcurrant, overtones of toast and leather. Sweet, supple tannins with a rich, silky finish. One of the few Merlot dominated successes of 2002. – Decanter
Le Dôme, St Émilion 2012, R 2,500
This St.-Emilion (1,000 cases), which has a very high percentage of Cabernet Franc (80%, which is much higher than Cheval Blanc or Ausone) has always been the flagship wine of proprietor Jonathan Malthus. The 2012 has a dense ruby/purple color and plenty of raspberry and blueberry fruit intermixed with spring flower garden notes, which are followed by a medium-bodied wine with stunning elegance, purity and minerality. It is not the biggest wine, but the quality of the fruit, the complex nuances, and overall equilibrium make for a very special Bordeaux to drink over the next 15 or so years. Drink: 2015 – 2030. – Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 93/100
The Cabernet Franc-based 2012 Le Dôme is the most reticent and inward of Jonathan Maltus’s 2012s. Readers will find very little of the vintage’s early appeal here. Instead, Le Dôme is a big, dramatic wine that is likely to require at least a few years in bottle to come together… Still, I am quite drawn by this fabulous Saint-Emilion that touches Angelus on one side and Canon on the others. – Antonio Galloni, 94/100
Château Teyssier, St Émilion 2014, R 425
The Château Teyssier 2014, which according to Jonathan Maltus is the biggest brand in Saint Emilion at 15,000 cases, comes from vines on the plain, mainly from 25-hectares on sandy soil adjacent to Monbousquet, and this year consists of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. Matured in 20% new oak, there are red cherries and kirsch scents on the nose that is nicely defined. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, simple but balanced with a little hardness towards the finish that should mellow throughout its élevage. This will drink well for 4 to 5 years. – Antonio Galloni, 91/100