CLOS MANOU MEDOC 2012
Superb colour, lovely fresh, fragrant nose of ripe berry fruits, terrific depth of flavour, a very good northern Medoc. (16.25 points)
Le Guide indépendant de l’amateur de vins de Bordeaux
CLOS MANOU MEDOC 2012 16,25 - 16,5 // 91 - 92
A real outsider! They have not eased up this year, quite the contrary in fact! Bravo, bravo, bravo! Deep colour with good intensity. Fruity, floral, suave and refined nose. With the softness characteristic of this vintage. The palate has a soft and velvety attack, developing body and density with aromas and a silkiness that are outstanding for this vintage. A long and delicious finish that melts in the mouth. Remarkable work. Blend: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc Degree: 13.8°. IPT: 85.
Officially, Petit Manou is Clos Manou's second wine produced by Françoise and Stéphane Dief. In reality, it has become a wine in its own right, the product of old vines (average age of 40) grown on seven hectares, which has enjoyed a certain notoriety for several years now. Above all, it confirms itself year after year as a truly great wine, and is regularly lauded in these pages. A pinnacle has been reached with the 2010 vintage, with its blend of more-than-perfect Merlot and Cabernets. The intensity of its garnet colour already hints at the amplitude of its bouquet, which opens on a subtly balanced blend of black berries, liquorice and cocoa. A harmony echoed in a palate of outstanding volume and density, leaving in its wake the memory of a round, soft and silky wine. An excellent Médoc that may be cellared for the next 10 years but which can be opened in two to four years' time.
CLOS MANOU AOC MÉDOC 2012
WA n° 206(Feb 2013) Rating: 89-91
A terrific effort in 2012 from a northern Medoc vineyard near St.-Christoly, this blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 14% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc possesses sweet, soft, sexy tannins, a surprisingly opulent mouthfeel, impressive purity and a medium-bodied, long finish. Clos Manou continues to over-perform for its humble pedigree. The 2012 should drink well for 6-10 years.