2012 was not particularly ideal in Bordeaux. Summer was nice, but automn came to be rainy.
Yet Chateau Biac managed to pull out the best vintage I have tasted of their Grand Vin. Check out my reviews of other vintages and wines by Chateau Biac here.
Aging of this wine took place in French oak barrels for 17 months.
A deep, dark and captivating nose.
Deep because it’s complex filled with fruit, spices, and oaky notes. Dark because the fruit you smell is red and ripe like dark cherry and blackberry. Captivating because the smell is layered and all notes complement each other rather than competing with each other.
The palate surprises by its sheer weight. There’s huge body and density of tannins that establish the stature of the wine. It’s full-bodied and chewy, with muscular shoulders given by the Merlot, while the Cabs and Petit Verdot give the wine direction and acidity.
Loads of dark berries flavors are backed up by plenty of dark spices and rich oaky tones: dark cocoa, clove, nutmeg, coffee, vanilla.
An great rich, warm, ripe, and finely grained Bordeaux wine filled with all the goodness the region can offer.
Textural, full-bodied, and chewy, it delivers a wealth of fruit and spices. Modern style Bordeaux, ‘New World’ in its upfront fruit ripeness and oaky character, but with depth and a savory feel that still well places it in the ‘Old World’.
Excellent. A true delight.
When to drink?
Truly good to drink now for lovers of ripe but fresh fruit and primary oaky characters. It’s already smooth and well balanced. 5 to years’ aging will accentuate its savory and profound spicy feel. Your choice.