2012 Clos Dubreuil — 95pt “Tour de Force”
Château Cheval Blanc. Château Angelus. Château Lafleur. These storied Saint-Émilion estates all scored fewer points in 2012 for their Grand Vin than the young upstart Clos Dubreuil, whose 2012 Grand Cru Bordeaux hauled in an impressive 95-point score from Robert Parker. Winemaker Benoit Trocard’s ever-burgeoning expertise was additionally guided by the hand of Flying Winemaker Michel Rolland. Parker called the result “full-bodied, opulent, dense, rich,” and “a tour de force in this vintage,” concluding that “this over-achieving estate has hit a homerun.”
The cornerstone of Clos Dubreuil’s ascension is the white-hot Benoit Trocard, one of Saint-Émilion’s most ambitious young winemakers. At the age of 12, Benoit was learning how to build wine barrels at the side of his great-grandfather. Winemaking goes back 15 generations in the family — back to 1620, to be precise — and Benoit enthusiastically drilled into that heritage, soaking up everything his grandfather and father could teach him. At the age of 23, and with newly minted degrees in business and winemaking, Benoit bought the tiny Clos Dubreuil estate in 2002.
Benoit’s viticultural prowess at the four-acre estate matured dramatically with each passing harvest. Equipped with a wealth of practical knowhow acquired from monster vintages like ‘05, ‘09, and ‘10 under his belt, he was prepared to make all the right decisions in the weather-blessed 2012.
The wine fits within one the choicest genres of viticultural world: the overperforming underdog, and is daresay the best vintage to date.