A blend of 80% Cabernet, 18% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, this 2009 Bordeaux Fifth Growth was a brilliant expression of an already very good vintage. 2009 was a particularly ripe year in Pauillac, Bordeaux, resulting in wines unusually concentrated. Exclusively hand harvested with two successive selections before and after the de-stemming process. Three week maceration followed by 16-18 months in French oak barrels (70% new).
Tasting Notes: Complex fruits and hints of ripe blackcurrant. Aromas of jammy dark berries, cassis, herbs, and coffee. On the finish, notes of cassis and black cherry flavors dominate. Precise on the palate with an exceptional velvety richness.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Performing better from bottle than it did from cask (and comparable to their wines 2005, 2000, 1990 and 1982), this is a great classic from Xavier Borie's estate situated on the back roads west of the town of Pauillac. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by hints of spring flowers, crushed rocks, black currants, cedar and earth/underbrush. Precise and elegant as well as backward and foreboding, it should put on weight in the bottle and evolve for two decades. Very concentrated as well as velvety-textured, it is a beauty of finesse, balance, purity and nobility. It will benefit from 5-7 more years of bottle age.