Verite Le Desir '12
100 Points Robert Parker

Verite Le Desir '12
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750 ml
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Red Blend
100 Points Robert Parker
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The sublime color of the 2012 Le Desir shows the influence of Cabernet Franc with a brilliant, seductive ruby hue. The nose presents an expert balance of aromas of ripe red and black fruit, white spice, blond tobacco, and nutmeg. An expressive palate is revealed through flavors of nutmeg and spice. This is a wine with great finesse, a never-ending finish and extraordinary minerality.

Blend: 64% Cabernet Franc, 24% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Malbec

Wine Profile


The 2012 Le Desir (64% Cabernet Franc, 24% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Malbec) reminds me of a young vintage of Ausone, such as 2005. The wine has amazing minerality and an explosive blueberry nose intermixed with blackberries, new saddle leather, charcoal and camphor. It is full-bodied, with espresso notes emerging on the palate. There are 1,900 cases of this super-endowed, prodigious wine that should drink well for 35-40 years. How fun it would be for mega-millionaires to put this in a blind tasting of a great vintage of Ausone in 10, 20 or 30 years from now.