With 13% alcohol, from a light Bordeaux year, the 2012 Chateau La Couronne Saint Emillion Grand Cru scored a fine 16 points on the 20-point Dionysian scale. Its Merlot was smooth and balanced and still young. The rose pedal notes from the Cabernet Franc showed through and made the wine work well with a chilly evening beef dinner.


Still almost purple with a garnet color, the flavor and taste were a surprise form what I expected from the 2012 vintage.


This was the first time I’ve had this wine outside of a New York Bordeaux tasting and I was pleasantly pleased. I’ll seek it out again, maybe even age a few.  The Right Bank wines from Bordeaux often show well in the lesser vintage years when the Left Bank is weaker. In Vino Veritas.