I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of all 2012 Bordeaux wines, red and white, that I have been able to taste so far (haven’t tasted Sauternes and Barsac yet). In general 2012 has produced some well-balanced, generous wines, exhibiting gobs of fruit and mild tannin for the reds and good acidity for the whites. They have an immediate appeal, no need for extended cellaring for most of them, and the prices have come down significantly from their highs (the favorable exchange rate helping as well).
The 2012 vintage in Bordeaux was affected by cold and wet weather in early spring causing some uneven flowering and coulure (which translates into small crop at harvest), but the hot and dry summer made up for the spring weather and mitigated the impact of the intermittent rain in late September.
I would highly recommend the 2012 Bordeaux to any Bordeaux aficionado, as well as to those who are new to the Bordeaux experience; it is a great opportunity to start your Bordeaux adventure with the 2012s and discover the world’s largest and best quality wine producing region.
Here is a list of some 2012 Bordeaux already available at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits:
Château Margaux 2012 – $429.99