Dark purple color turning violet/ruby at the rim. The nose is exquisitely perfumed with notes of dark berry fruit, tobacco, leather and incense. The palate is bold, full-bodied and intense, yet ultra-silky in texture. Flavors of currant, graphite, liqueur, plum, fig, and espresso come together in a great blend that's layered, balanced and bright in acidity. This is really attractive, sexy and flamboyant. But for all its preamble (on the nose and even on the massive mid-palate), the finish is a bit short. Drink now with a 30-minute decant until 2024.
Balanced and elegant. Great structure and rounded tannins. Young, it is dominated by aromas and flavors of berries. Hard to stop drinking. It is the first Bordeaux wine from 2009 vintage that I drink, and if the wine is good, imagine the wines of the first echelon.
Dark red, medium to full body. Smooth, but earthy. Well made but need time to develop. Vanilla and coffee, not a lot of fruit. A little boring at this point but its early in its life and I think this should develop well. Hold until 2015.
I really liked the 2008 version and this may be even more impressive. A short decant (1/2 hr) brought this to life with fresh, mostly dark red and some small black fruits. It continued to sweeten over the next hr+ . The taste was fresh and inviting with surprising smoothness from the already round tannins. This comes across as a soft modern polished style but with classic notes of cigar tobacco and hints of #2 pencil which shift the style back to more traditional presentation. There is a surprising amount of grip and structure in this wine that will show up many famous bottles from lesser vintages at many multiples of the price. Long exposure to air at this point causes it to shut down & bring out some bitter notes,so don't over decant right now. I think it has the stuffing to improve, in which case, current ratings will prove conservative. Would be appreciated by those that love Bordeaux but have an issue with the pricing of the big names in the 09 vintage.
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