Sauvignon 2012 is a deep ruby color with intense hue. The bouquet is layered
with dark fruits, blackberry, plum and cassis. Oak is well integrated with
hints of vanilla and subtle roasted coffee notes. Lush and firm on the palate.
The fine integrated tannins display a long finish.
"Bernard Portet, who helped
found Clos du Val in 1972 and ran it for 38 years, started Heritance as a
retirement project. His 2012 has the kind of structure and austerity that
marked some of the classic vintages of Clos du Val. It starts out with sour
cherry tartness, gains richness in the middle and then lasts on sleek, dry
tannins. The wine leaves a smoky, peppery, earthy impression that would meld
with braised lamb shoulder." â€“ 90pts W&S