This 2012 vintage is a blend of 76% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Franc. Not only is that a classic assemblage of grape percentages for Saint-Emilion, but this is a classic expression of the appellation with very concentrated fruit, appropriate tannic structure and great balance. Very dark and densely packed fruit flavors of black plum and juicy blackberry envelop the medium to full bodied palate and are underscored by the telltale graphite and earthy notes that come through with conviction on the fine and long finish. Château Mondorion is a 11 hectare (27 acre) vineyard property and winery in the village of Saint Suplice de Faleyrens, one of the nine villages that make up the Saint-Émilion appellation, south-west of the beautiful medieval village itself of Saint-Émilion in Bordeaux. Patrick Léon, the former winemaker at Château Mouton-Rothschild, took over the property in 2000, working with his son, Bertrand, to revitalize the estate and bring back its former glory. Patrick had started his career studying under two of France’s legendary wine minds, Jean Ribereau-Gayon and Emile Peynaud, at the University of Bordeaux and went on to a stellar career making wine at Mouton-Rothschild, Château Clerc-Milon, Château Armailhac, Opus One in Napa and Vina Almaviva in Chile. Thibault Cruse now runs the day to day operations at Château Mondorion but Patrick and his son are still involved with all the winemaking.