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Wine Advocate 90+ scores for Banyuls: “2012 a great vintage”

From the Wine Advocate, January 2014:

2012 Chapoutier Banyuls
92-93 points

Chapoutier’s 2012 Banyuls – tasted from tank and due to have been bottled early last summer – projects mint chocolate-covered, jam-glazed, nutmeg-dusted black raspberry and strawberry garlanded in lily and heliotrope in a caressing performance whose sweetness never becomes dominant in itself, but instead perfectly supports the wine’s personality. Mint and mocha accompanied by persistent floral perfume inform a soothing, long finish with both confiture and juicy fresh concentration of berries beautifully dovetailing. If you didn’t already know that 2012 is a great vintage for Banyuls, this wine would certainly tip you off. I’d plan on following this for a decade or more.—David Schildknecht

2011 Chapoutier Banyuls
91 points

The Chapoutier 2011 Banyuls is overtly chocolaty, its black raspberry fruit taking on liqueur-like viscosity, sweetness and high-toned penetration. Expansive and grippingly persistent, while it lacks the refinement and complexity of the corresponding 2012, it’s still impressive stuff and ought to be worth following for at least 6-8 years.—David Schildknecht

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