Followed another bottle over 30 hours. This wine is a chameleon with a fascinating development, mocking my earlier attempts to describe it in a uniform description. The key element I am noticing now is metamorphic. First phase is tannic and tight, with typical Pauillac flavours of blackberry, cassis, a little raspberry, and some herbs, bay leaf, etc. Over 24 hours, the angularity smooths over and you get a 2009-esque creamy presentation of cherries, cola and spices. At 30+ hours the wine settles into this coffee and milk chocolate space with an aroma of violets.
Westchester Wine School: Haut Medoc - Terrior & Vintage: Drank at WWS Haut Medoc tasting vs 2006 vintage, and this bottle was far more preferable. Pretty, bright crimson in color. Quite tight, with very firm tannins. As wine opened in the glass, the wine showed black fruits, some cassis, lots of lead pencil and some coffee element. Good length, with nice spice.
Bordeaux 2009 vs. 2010 - Check in on 50 well known Chateaux: Dark ruby. Ripe nose of red fruit with cedar wood, spices. On the palate this is quite mouth filling for a second wine with good fruit presence but there is also some alcoholic heat here. Not very long aromatically. Nice to drink but I struggle to see how this can go much beyond 90 points.
This has dimmed over the last few years. Getting rubber, acacia, raspberry coulis bay leaves and liquorice on the nose. Silky palate yields liquorice, raspberry, blackberry, and a nice medley of Asian spice. Fairly long,tannins civilised, nice gastro wine, but makes me speculate the 1st wine is not in a good space in its development right now. Still lovely, but not up to the level of the PC 1sts from 2001-2008.
Wonderful wine. Opened with 90min decant. Truly a lovely 2nd wine of the Grand Vin. The nose is floral and fruit friendly. The taste has true terroir of Pauillac, France. The finish goes on and on. Would say a full min. This wine is drinking beautifully now but has 7-10yrs easily. I wanted to see how it progressing and I'm very pleased. Have a full case and half left.
- Crimsom color - Agree with prior notes. A nice medium-to-full California cab that somehow got made in Bordeaux. Hint of graphite or herb on the very end but mainly a California fruit/oak profile. Given that (and the vintage), an early drinker for sure. Recommended but know what you are getting - winemaking over terroir for sure.
I think the previous reviews have been pretty spot-on for this wine (at this stage). My primary impression, however, is that if I tasted this blind, I don't know that I would have thought it was BDX. More likely California Cabernet. A very upfront and fruit forward wine with not a lot of complexity. A lot of cassis, vanilla, and other sweet tones but not as balanced as I would like. On day two, there was more structure and some of the tannins emerged from the fruit.
Agree that this is a delicious and approachable wine, but perhaps a bit of a disappointment to me since I didn't buy many 09s and was hoping for something a little more French and less hedonistic. I will be interested to see how this develops as I have 5 more bottles.
Felt the need to post detailed tasting notes as the notes for this wine here and on the net were not a decent assessment of the wine at its present state of evolution.
Liquid vanilla. The oak interplay with the merlot gives this wine the unique signature of an 09 bdx with at least 40% Merlot (however I haven't looked at the tech sheet, so thats guesswork at best).
Its very ripe, very balanced and very new worldy. I can't stop thinking that it is a dead ringer for an 8 month younger 09 Rol Valentin (which seems to have shed a touch of its vanillin at present).
Touches of milky chocolate and a feeling of viscosity boost the palate's feeling a bit more than its medium+ body would normally imply. Given its phenolic complexity and low acid, it appears to be an early drinker (kind of implied by the vintage if you are familiar with 2009 bordeaux), but this little brother to the infamous 09 Pontet Canet is still a baby.
Great kirsch, currant and sweet red cherry play nicely with the slightly dusty tannin. In such a ripe vintage I would like a bit more underlying old world complexity and power, but the hedonistic side of me loves how luscious this baby is! It screams drink me now!! For an old world francophile like me, this is the perfect bridge to link old and new world. If you have ever had 03 Pichon Lalande, this is essentially a totally primary, although somewhat dusty-tannined, version of it.
I would give it a 91+ because of the lack of complexity and concentration, but I would recommend this much quicker than most 93-95 pt wines I have tasted just for sheer enjoyment factor. Its so easy to love.
Quick update: 5 hours in and the tannic grip has taken hold, the vanillin has shed its weight giving way to a violet coffee overtone that is seesawing with the black currant and cassisy flavors/aromatics. Very good harmony at this point..not backward, just young. walnutty/Cinnamon/curry/cumin-incense aroma is also pretty cool on the back end of the nose of a soft inhale..midpalate also picked back up. In the end I think this wine will merit a different judgment based on when you taste it..as it is a true kaleidoscope wine (as are so many warm vintage bdx).. Best guess 92 (probably closer to a 91 if rated by parker), but the most delicious 92 pointer you'll taste.
- Crimsom color with medium forming legs and aromas of cut green grass, tobacco, hay/straw, violet and walnut. It's unbalanced and has flavours of mint, apple, cherry, fig and mushroom with a medium body. Narrow texture with a medium finish - A nice 2nd Label to the Grand Vin but I agree with others that at $50 per/btl its not a Star. Will age well for another 5-7yrs and come around.
The rating is a little bit crazy but the bottle was pristine and singing. Color is beet red, entrancing. Scents of violets, clover and clay. Smooth palate of crunchy, sweet blackberry, junipers, violets, clay and fresh spring daisies. Shocked that the tannins were not ripping at the close, but the close was magnificently round. Very smug and satisfied that I was wise enough to stock up alot of cases of this. Why? Because the 2nd wine in this slutty, fruity year is not much below the 1st, and much better than many previous vintages of the 1st. Pontet Canet had gotten THAT good in 2009. Provocative, forward, slatternly, precocious 2nd wine, I love you.
2009 Bordeaux (for Public TV) (World Series of Wine): A nice showing for this second wine (Pontet Canet). Not sure there is any value here though as I think this sells closer to $50 now. Ruby/purple in color. Clear and bright. The nose is dusty with cassis. Someone said peppery but I found it more like bramble (think Zinfandel). Nice texture and very smooth to drink. Dark cherries, some bitterness (not bad), and a bit of black raspberries. Firm tannins. Somewhat generic, but a find and enjoyable wine. Nothing in common to the Grand Vin.
Healthy ruby purple. Nose of blackberries, some sea-shell. Nice sweet, crunchy blackberry, cherry fruit, caramel, vanilla, minerals. Mid-weight. Tannins are certainly here, and the texture is a little hard right now. Needs time.
Between WOW and reservation. This wine is very young and started with a lot of cassis and modest vanilla/cream. I had decanted the wine from bottle to bottle and back three hours before tasting. In the aftertaste I noticed less balance, maybe a bit alcohol and some dryer tannins (but nothing to worry about); enough body in the midtaste. I suggest to taste a bottle now if you have some and than wait with the other bottles for two to three years. One thing for sure, this wine is pure and bio; 91 points now, maybe more in future