Much more open compared to previous tastings. Somewhat fat on the palate, very strong in fruit: lots of blackberry, licorice, chocolate, violets, not much red fruit. Intense but not completely fine. Thicker, pumped up, baroque, very delicious, with super fine soft tannins.
Took about an hour in the glass for this wine to start to show something; caramel, ripe dark berries and cherries, mints, and some oak spices in the nose; the palate, quite tight all the way, yet still fruity and smooth, dark fruits, light spices, and gripping tannins; long finish; overall, 90-91 points at this stage; give it a few more years.
Aromas have a slightly oxidised almost ferrous nature. Palate is dense but not heavy with flavors of blackcurrant, blackberry mint, black licorice and some leather. Bitter chocolate notes show on the finish.
I begin to understand that people who call 2009 Bordeaux "approachable" are grading on a curve. I poured a glass and just enjoyed the aroma for a while and had my first sip about 3 hours later. It reminded me of the 09 La Confession in style, but the latter is more of a pleasure to drink right now. All the elements of minerality, length, complexity are on stage, but they're on stage in the way an orchestra warming up before a show are all there. Like: a taste lasted much longer than 30 seconds, but the mid-palate, intriguing as the herbal notes were, was also watery. This isn't to condemn the wine, of course -- in 2020 it's likely going to be symphonic, but right now, there are other youngsters to try.
(Day #2 -- great nose, smoother merlot, annnnd still not as pleasurable a tipple as some other, cheaper St Emilions from '09. However, the taste lasts so very long, I still have a hunch that in ten years this will smoke the others like a clove cigarette. He said, tipsily.)
Nice concentration, lively and somewhat exotic spicy and smokey tones. Luxurious on the palate. There's a bit of edge right now that will need five or six years to iron out - definitely one to hold down for a while before it shows at its best though approachable now. Improved a lot with some decanting.
Visit at Château Pavie Macquin (Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux): Nose with ripe red berries, some hints of dried berries, mild spice, some graphite, some oak. Palate with ripe red berries, good concentration of fruit, some sweetness of fruit, hints of alcohol, medium+ tannins, spice, tannic aftertaste. Rather young, definitely tannic at present, 89+ p. More concentrated at present than the 2009 Berliquet but a bit more red berry notes, shows more tannin and produced in a style more adapted to (or even demanding of) cellaring.
The 4th bottle of LD I have savoured since bottling/release. Always a trip worth taking over 2-3 days. This is a profound, tightly-structured, solid wine with alot of clay heaviness somehow tucked into its fruits and spices. I enjoyed it intellectually over 2 days, wondering even what day 3 might hold, as it is still relatively wrapped-up in itself and secretive. Not a bottle to expect 100% up-front seditiousness from. More a reserved, slightly-narcissstic, wild, nubian paysage.
I had to try one of these- I know they're young but its supposed to be approachable - and it is in a new world sort of way; beautiful balance of fruit, tannins, oak, etc. very creamy texture, full bodied, gobs of bright black fruit, with a good long finish- very little graphite/minerality- but a wonderful wine- will get better but surprisingly good now...
Horisontal - Misc Bordeaux 2009: Nose: Sweet cherry sauce, lovely with plenty of flowers and a touch of green pepper. Sexy and spicy with a complex youthful expression. Palate: Super sexy sweet cherry fruit with a little oak influence. Some dried spices and a very long impressive aftertaste.
375ml bottle. Decent nose with hints of strong alcohol level. Notes of dark cherry, black berry with hints of oak. Medium-bodied with dry tannins. Long and slightly dry finish. A bit of heat at the end with 14.5% alcohol. Fresh acidity with decent structure and complexity but high alcohol level is a concern. Still plenty of dry tannins on 2nd day, this will require long term cellaring. Overall is not as balance as I have hoped for. 91-93 pts.
Lovely light ruby. Some cherry and heat on the nose. Sweet, ripe Merlot dominates with flavors of black raspberry, smoke, spices... Complex, clean, accessible.e. I did not get a sense of chunkiness or lack of balance, or over-extraction. Everything seemed in its right place for a mid-weight LD in its first seductive fruit phase.
From an assemblage of 81% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Franc, the wine offers coffee bean, licorice, plum, jam and mineral scents. Medium/full bodied, with soft textures, the wine ends with fresh, sweet, ripe, black and red fruits.
Very pretty nose. Juicy tart acidity runs through this surprisingly red-fruited wine. Nice mineral on the nose, juicy on the palate. Lush but not extracted. A style I really appreciate and would choose to drink over many inky black wines. 92-94
Minerality, licorice, plum, black raspberry, caramel, smoke and rose petals make up the delicate perfume. In the mouth, this sexy, fleshy, opulent wine delivers layers of juicy plums and ripe black cherries. The wine was bottled May 15.
2009 Larcis Ducasse, 81% merlot and 19% cabernet franc, is dark purple. Limestone, black raspberry, smoke, and spice aromatics start the wine off. Soft, rich, and full bodied, but lacking the intense concentration found in the remarkable 2005, this rich, sultry wine offers a spice filled, dark fruit and licorice flavored finish. 93-95 Pts