Delicious dark fruit and cherries and a little spice, silky texture, tannins still very strong- Id hold this at least a couple more years or give it a long decant. For $45 in an expensive category, this is on a relative basis a pretty good deal. 92
Nez de fruit noir, de viande, avec des notes de d'anis et de charbon. Un vin plein, à la texture veloutée, concentré, avec des tanins fins, de la fraicheur et un fruit gourmand. Toutes les qualités d'un magnifique Ch9, c'est savoureux, bien équilibré, long, bien mûr mais sans excès. Toute une découverte, j'adore ce vin et le prix me semble très doux pour une telle qualité. 94+ pts
Superb. Really enjoyed it. Bright and shiny appearance and quite a dark colour. Strong cherry, raspberry and vanilla notes with a touch of sweetness. Really this is just very successful. Great length. Not too heavy. Is a real delight. Glad I have a case if his stuff and can't see it hanging around too long!
Drank from magnum at Upper West in L.A. Still quite young but very nice upfront berry character with noticeable tannin. Opened nicely over 2 hours and tannins mellowed somewhat giving rise to more pronounced strawberry notes, maybe a bit of camphor. Very nice though and well worth the price of the magnum which was less than $100 thanks to a deal at K&L.
Dark purple wine that lightens at the rim. Big dark cherry and raspberry nose, with traces of oak in the form of vanilla. Similar dark fruit on the palate. Silky tannins balanced with nice acidity. The finish is long and comparable to the palate, with a bitter quality to it. Very pleasant.
Purple but transparent. Ripe berries, sweet cherries and earthy herbs. Juicy fruit palate with modest acidity and tanins. The finish had blackberry notes and became quite syrupy. Drinking well. 5+12+16+7=90
Grand Rhone Tasting (K&L Wines, San Francisco): Moderately dark. The nose shows much more herbaceousness than fruit. Deep cherry fruit, much more brooding than the Charvin, with an element of surmaturite and syrupiness. Some anise complicates things and adds interest. This could use brighter acidity and less alcohol. Too extracted and diffuse.
Opened the previous night, 2 oz poured out, re-corked and placed back in fridge for 12 hours.
Dark opaque red. Nose of leather, plum, garrigue and sage. Tart, juicy tongue and palate, still a bit closed and only showing traces of dark fruit. Somewhat narrow mid-mouth, will medium/medium- acid and a light feel and lift. Finish is medium with earthy tannin.
Needs more time to fill out the mid-palate, but seems at this stage a step behind the '07 and '09 at similar points.