Pott La Carte Et Le Territoire Red Blend 2012
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When we met Aaron Pott, his first question to us was 'What do you know about Aaron Pott?" After graduating from UC Davis and the Universite de Bourgogne in Dijon, he worked at Robert Mondavi part-time before taking the position of assistant winemaker at Newton Vineyard, under Winemaker John Kongsgaard. It was at Newton—under the wing of his first great mentor—that Pott would be introduced to Michel Rolland. At many tastings with Kongsgaard and Rolland (set up by legendary wine collector Dade Thieriot), Pott tried to convince Rolland to find him a job in France—pulling hoses around a dark cellar and working on his language skills. Rolland soon sent word that he had found the ideal position—winemaker at Château Troplong Mondot, Premier Grand Cru Classé St. Emilion. Pott would thereafter become winemaker and general manager of Château La Tour Figeac Grand Cru Classé St. Emilion.
Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Merlot/Cabernet Franc La Carte et Le Territoire comes from the Young-Inglenook Vineyard, which is composed of alluvial gravel. A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, it is a beautiful, dense purple-colored wine with lots of mulberry, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, a lush, opulent, full-bodied texture, and stunning purity as well as depth. Drink this super 2012 over the next 10+ years.