Medium ruby. Chocolaty nose on the top note with some vanilla, oak and spices following. Not particularly complex, more like a well made commercial wine. On the palate soft and round like all 2009s but I am missing aromatic complexity for a higher score. Time may bring this.
Decanted for just under two hours, recognizing that this is probably still young.
Color is purple, opaque if you pour enough into your glass. The nose is classic left bank, with dried dark fruit, wood, and a light amount of barnyard. Well balanced on the palate, with plenty of fruit to balance the tannins that are fairly soft now. The finish is over 30 seconds, helped by a healthy dose of acidity.
I would echo a previous poster's view that this wine tastes much better at a cool temperature; it is fine over 20 degrees Celsius but materially better down at 15-16 degrees.
The tannins suggest that this will age well and could continue to improve for a few years. Having said that, this is drinking very well, assuming you give it 1-2 hours of air before drinking. This is very good value for money, and a wine that shows how early we can start to drink offerings from the 2009 vintage.
This gives the impression of a wine that achieved a lot of ripeness and carried lots of sweet fruit, but is mellowing and melding into a more classic package from what may at first have been somewhat bombastic. There's an almost modern creamy sweet fruit to it, but it enlivened by acidity. It's warm and broad and mouthfilling, full of tobacco and coffee and turned earth, and the finish is remarkably tangy, which promises a long life. It's really, really delicious right now, but I think those who have this in their cellars are going to be really pleased in another 10 years.
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(Château Lagrange (St Julien)) There is something quite enticing about the fruit aromatics here; there is a bright and open perfume to them that is undoubtedly appealing. And unlike many of the wines tasted here this is unhindered by a liberal application of oak. The palate is fresh and perhaps does not have the weight of many other wines. There is a substance and depth hinted at towards the finish, but otherwise it remains very finely polished but perhaps lacking a little in grit and texture. I think it is the flesh of the vintage more than anything else, and it should come good given time. There is certainly a grippy structure in the finish to suggest this, giving it a long and masculine finish.
(Chateau Lagrange St Julien) A very dark, crimson-black rim. Sweet fruit on the nose, all damsons and cherries, partly macerated in alcohol. Creamed fruit on the palate, very well composed, with lovely acidity too. It has a very fresh bite to it, welcome in view of the exuberant fruit. Well covered tannins, slightly savoury, fresh, yet intensely rich and really quite spicy. An attractive wine, although off the wall for the classicists I would think.
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