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2009 Bordeaux—The Vintage of a Generation - 12/05/2019 - Old and Rare Wines

2009 Bordeaux continues to hold its title as the vintage of a generation. The wines are, in a word, extraordinary. With ten years behind them, they have shown, time and again, that they early praise they earned was well warranted. Across the spectrum, the wines show remarkable power, range, and character. In sum, they are the very pinnacle of what Bordeaux can achieve. At K&L, we are fortunate to hold deep reserves in the singular vintage. Assembled here is a broad selection of 2009s, which includes epic 100-point bottlings from Lafite, Clinet, Clos Fourtet, Ducru-Beaucaillou, and Margaux, Pontet-Canet, and d'Yquem. Also of note, is our wide selection in the sub-$100 category. Fontenil, Lanessan, Priban, and Verdignan are all excellent choices for those looking to experience this remarkable vintage while remaining within a budget. Whichever direction you decide to go, 2009 provides no shortage of exceptional wines from which to choose.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2009 Ausone, St-Emilion 100 3 $1,499.99 View
2009 Belair-Monange, St-Emilion 96 15 $144.99 View
2009 Brane-Cantenac, Margaux 94 >36 $119.99 View
2009 Clinet, Pomerol 100 7 $349.99 View
2009 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion 100 16 $329.99 View
2009 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien 100 8 $389.99 View
2009 d'Yquem, Sauternes 100 >36 $549.99 View
2009 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) >36 $289.99 View
2009 Figeac, St-Emilion 97 3 $249.99 View
2009 Fontenil, Fronsac 2 $34.99 View
2009 Guiraud, Sauternes 97 >36 $59.99 View
2009 Haut-Bages-Libéral, Pauillac 94 12 $74.99 View
2009 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan 100 4 $274.99 View
2009 La Gaffelière, St-Emilion 95 7 $139.99 View
2009 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc 96 36 $84.99 View
2009 La Pointe, Pomerol (375ml) 2 $29.99 View
2009 Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes (375ml) 2 $34.99 View
2009 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L) 100 6 $2,699.99 View
2009 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc 38 $39.99 View
2009 Latour, Pauillac 100 9 $1,499.99 View
2009 Le Gay, Pomerol 98 17 $209.99 View
2009 L'Église Clinet, Pomerol 100 5 $379.99 View
2009 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien 98 11 $169.99 View
2009 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien 100 4 $299.99 View
2009 Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan 93 2 $79.99 View
2009 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac 2018 Ex-Chateau Release 96 5 $289.99 View
2009 L'Evangile, Pomerol 100 28 $489.99 View
2009 Liouner 'Cuvee Pierre', Listrac >60 $29.99 View
2009 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux 98 23 $124.99 View
2009 Margaux, Margaux 100 3 $999.99 View
2009 Montrose, St-Estèphe 100 3 $389.99 View
2009 Montrose, St-Estèphe (1.5L) 100 6 $849.99 View
2009 Montrose, St-Estèphe (1.5L) 6-pack in OWC 100 2 Price: Hidden View
2009 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac 99 8 $979.99 View
2009 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan 100 30 $239.99 View
2009 Pape-Clément Blanc, Pessac-Léognan 100 3 $369.99 View
2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 100 >36 $289.99 View
2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 12-pack in OWC 100 2 $3,399.00 View
2009 Priban, Haut-Medoc 4 $19.99 View
2009 Sainte-Marguerite, Medoc 16 $21.99 View
2009 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Léognan 100 5 $299.99 View
2009 Sociando-Mallet "Cuvée Jean Gautreau" Haut-Médoc 93 >60 $69.99 View
2009 Valentons-Canteloup "Cuvée Excentrique" Bordeaux Supérieur 6 $14.99 View
2009 Verdignan, Haut-Médoc 92 14 $23.99 View


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2009 Ausone, St-Emilion - 3 available ($1,499.99)

100 points James Suckling: "Incredible nose of currants and blueberries. Flowers too. Licorice. Such purity on the nose of Cabernet Franc. Full body, incredible structure, with fabulous tannins and a long, long finish. Built out of stone. The perfect Ausone." (02/2012)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A masterpiece in the making, proprietor Alain Vauthiers 2009 Ausone boasts a dense purple color along with notes of powdered chalk, crushed rocks and wild blue, red and black fruits. Extravagantly rich with great minerality, precision and freshness as well as a voluptuous texture (unusual for a baby Ausone), this is an extraordinary wine. Sadly, there are fewer than 1,200 cases ... for the world. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2060+ (RP) 98+" (12/2011)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Serious medicinal reserve to the aromas of iron, violet and coconutty oak. A real mineral bath on the palate, with outstanding concentration and energy to the flavors of dark berries and flowers. Hiding more than it's showing today and destined for three or four decades of improvement in bottle. The remarkably palate-staining finish features outstanding tannic spine and grip and great lift for such a big wine. A knockout, and likely to be a Bordeaux monument. 97(+?) points. (ST)" (07/2012)

97 points Vinous: "The 2009 Ausone has a sumptuous bouquet with pure blackberry, raspberry, rose petal and orange blossom aromas. The wine is beautifully defined blossoms with aeration. It becomes very liquorice and menthol-like after 10 minutes aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. It is not a powerful 2009 and it feels sleek and quite tensile. Pure red fruit linger in the mouth with a very deft, almost understated finish. So elegant, so Ausone. (NM)" (03/2009)

Decanter: "Amazingly focused wine. Long, persistent with extremely fine, filigree tannins. Beautiful texture. Incredible density of fruit behind. Freshness on the palate (55% Cabernet Franc). Absolute harmony. Rivals the outstanding 2005. Drink 2018-2050. 19.5/20 points" (04/2010)

K&L Notes: ** 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc. Lush and sweet, with great density and length. Chocolate and spice and all that is nice.

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2009 Belair-Monange, St-Emilion ($144.99)

96 points Vinous: "The sophomore 2009 Belair-Monange has been variable from bottle to bottle so I was taken aback at the impressive performance here. It has a very opulent bouquet with plush red fruit, patisserie, candied orange peel, fig and dates. This is very open and expressive, very gourmand in style and though atypical, it is very seductive. The palate is almost viscous on the entry with plush red fruit, a touch of black pepper and oregano, slightly medicinal in style but very persistent. Blind, I thought it might be Tertre-Rôteboeuf but it turned out not to be. Still, this is just a superb showing. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 2009 Bordeaux tasting. (NM)" (03/2019)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Only the second vintage from this cuvee, the 2009 Chateau Belair-Monange comes from a beautiful terroir purchased by the Moueix family in 2008. The 2009 is still a baby, yet packed with potential. Black cherries, tobacco leaf, beautiful minerality and a floral character all emerge from this ripe, full-bodied, opulent wine that expands on the palate, has no hard edges, and a terrific purity of fruit. With sweet tannin and a stack mid-palate, its going to drink brilliantly for another three decades." (12/2017)

94 points James Suckling: "Love the soft and velvety tannin with the milk chocolate and fruit character. Full and silky. Long and delicious. So fine. Best wine from this estate in decades. Maybe ever. Best after 2017." (03/2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This extraordinary terroir, now exploited by Edouard Moueix, the son of Christian, seems to be coming to life in a dramatic fashion. Never a hedonistic wine, but very intellectual, the 2009 suggests a liqueur of crushed rocks intermixed with black currants and black cherries. Still somewhat closed, medium to full-bodied, and impressive rather than seductive, this is a structured wine that needs to be forgotten for at least a decade, and then drunk over the following 30+ years. If readers are looking for the quintessential example of a terroir-dominated wine, this is Lesson 101 in terroir. (RP) 94+" (02/2012)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "A core of sweetness shows through this wine. It has juicy acidity shining prominentlyit shows its fresh side immediately. Bélair-Monange is still a work in progress, although this will always be a delicious wine." (02/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Polished in feel, with alluring notes of cassis, cherry preserves and raspberry cream that impart a decidedly fruit-forward feel. There's enough subtle underlying tension to give the finish a racy edge and extend the length impressively.--Non-blind Bélair-Monange vertical (December 2016). Drink now through 2030. (JL, Web Only-2017)"

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Lively deep ruby-purple. Rather inexpressive nose hints at a calcaire purity to its delicate aromas of floral red berries and minerals. Rich and chewy if a bit backward and sullen today, with pure flavors of blackberry, minerals and licorice. Dry, classic and very light on its feet, this should gain in complexity with elevage Finishes with a chalky calcaire quality and hints of spicy red fruits. This is an archetypical example of a mineral-driven, leaner style of wine that can get overlooked in blind tastings. (ID)" (06/2010)

K&L Notes: Sweet mid-palate. Decent length. Trey: High-toned red cherry fruit, spice and high acidity. A bit lean but still sweet.

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2009 Brane-Cantenac, Margaux ($119.99)

94 points Decanter: "This feels very much the epitome of Margaux in a successful vintage. Concentrated ripe black fruits display an effortless elegance, with well-rounded tannins. It has finesse, grip and intensity, and although it's not quite at the same level as the 2015, it's very good indeed.Drinking Window 2020 - 2040 (JA)" (02/2019)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the Brane-Cantenac vertical at the château, the 2009 Brane-Cantenac is a blend of 40% Merlot, 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc, has an extremely pure and sensual bouquet with ripe red cherries, blackberry, minerals and incense that is totally irresistible. The palate is silky smooth with very fine tannin, a great core of tensile red berry fruit with compelling mineralité towards the structured, Pauillac-like finish. This is a top-quality Brane-Cantenac, one of the best under Henri Lurton. One of the most prosaically "delicious" Brane-Cantenac releases in recent years. Tasted April 2015. (NM)" (12/2016)

94 points Vinous: "The 2009 Brane-Cantenac was picked from September 22 to October 9 with a modest 13.4° alcohol. This has long been a great Margaux. It is very delineated and yet very generous on the bravura bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, crushed stone, cedar and a touch of mint. The palate is fresh and bursting with energy right from the start. There is plenty of weight and presence here, but that tension binds this Brane-Cantenac together. Then there is that Pauillac-inspired, graphite finish that lingers for 45+ seconds. This is one of Henri Lurtons best wines. Tasted at the Brane-Cantenac vertical at the château. (NM)" (01/2019)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Warm and rounded, this spicy wine has wood flavors just showing through the ripe fruit. It is already delicious, with rich blackberry flavors right up front, although its aging potential is evident with the concentrated, deep structure. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (02/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe and fleshy, with an enticing mix of linzer torte, currant confiture and crushed plum fruit offset by hints of briar and bay leaf. The long finish lets roasted apple wood, singed iron and tobacco leaf notes fill in, while staying plush in feel. Combines the ripeness of the vintage with a nice old-school feel. Best from 2013 through 2025. (JM)" (03/2012)

92 points James Suckling: "Plenty of fresh plum fruit alongside the bitter chocolate in the nose, but on the palate this retains the Margaux lightness and elegant dryness, the finish just slightly warm. Drink or hold. (Horizontal Tasting, London, 2019)" (03/2019)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep red. Pretty cassis and floral aromas. Silky, subtle and fresh, with sound acidity framing the pungent dark berry and lightly herbal flavors. Very nicely balanced wine with an elegant finish featuring suave tannins, an intriguing saline quality and subtle persistence. (ST)" (07/2012)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 15, 2019

Off the charts great wine from a fabulous property and the best vintage in MANY years. Sweet and sexy and so Margaux with its violet aromas and elegant palate entry. Here is a wine for 20 years ageing or just 10 with decanting.

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 13, 2019

This is one of the most impressive 2009s that we've tasted of late - it's evolved beautifully and show just how good recent vintages of Brane-Cantenac can be. Beautiful cut flower and cassis aromas lead to a palate that is precise, focused, and incredibly detailed with dark red fruits, bright acidity, and wonderfully fine tannins. There's a freshness to it that keeps it impeccably balanced. This is textbook Margaux, and it beautifully navigates the modern vintage in a classic way. A head-turner for sure.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 19, 2019

One of the best wines I tasted this year so far. Very elegant with incredible pretty floral aromatics, violets, cocoa powder, plum and a touch of menthol. The ripe tannins are very caressing. All comes together with an sweet spicy finish. the epitome of graceful wine.

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2009 Clinet, Pomerol - 7 available ($349.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Clinet has been on a hot streak lately and the 2009 appears to be the greatest wine ever made at the estate, surpassing even the late Jean-Michel Arcaute's monumental 1989. A blend of 85% Merlot and tiny amounts of Cabernet Franc (12%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (3%), this big Pomerol boasts an opaque, moonless night inky/blue/purple color in addition to a gorgeous perfume of blueberry pie, incense, truffles, black raspberries, licorice and wood smoke. Viscous and multi-dimensional with silky, sweet tannin, massive fruit concentration and full-bodied power, there are nearly 4,000 cases of this thick, juicy, perfect Clinet. (RP)" (02/2012)

96 points Decanter: "Clinet had a relatively high yield of 47hl/ha in 2009, and yet this is concentrated and rich with beautiful density and flesh to the fruit. Its taut and confident yet full of pleasure. You feel the intensity ratchet up across the palate, with dark chocolate, slate and liquorice notes settling in alongside the cassis and blackberry. Owner Ronan Laborde, who arrived in Pomerol as a 23-year-old back in 2003, has just become the new president of the Union de Grands Crus de Bordeaux and is certainly doing his bit for the promotion of the region with this wine. Drinking window 2019 - 2040 (JA)" (02/2019)

96 points James Suckling: "Aromas of dark fruits, hazelnut and dark chocolate, follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins that are polished and refined. Beautiful depth of fruit to this." (02/2012)

95 points Vinous: "The 2009 Clinet has an impressive and complex bouquet with liquorice and truffle infused black fruit, hints of desiccated orange peel and even a dab of honey. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, succulent, and fine tannins (although not as fine as the 2009 La Conseillante) with a dense, precocious and heady finish. There is hedonism here, but it is on a tight leash. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 2009 Bordeaux tasting. (NM)" (03/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Very lush and exotic, boasting plum sauce, crushed fig, warm raspberry confiture and steeped black currant fruit all dripping over a racy but buried graphite spine. The long, dark finish has plenty of stuffing for the long haul. Really beautifully rendered. (JM)" (03/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep medium ruby. Blackberry, blueberry and licorice on the nose, lifted by a violet topnote. At once hefty and penetrating, with lovely depth and breadth to the black fruit flavors. A bit youthfully medicinal today and not yet particularly complex but shows the sweetness of the vintage in spades. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins and excellent length. (ST)" (07/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "So exotic and concentrated and over the top! Long and rich and absolutely gorgeous. Very sweet indeed but with a dry finish. 19/20 points. (JR)" (01/2013)

K&L Notes: 96 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown in Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Clinet is showing quite a lot of evolution on the nose with notes of new leather, fried spices and dried herbs over a core of dried mulberries and prunes with a touch of redcurrant jelly. Full-bodied and decadently fruited with loads of mature, savory layers, it has a chewy texture and finishes on a dried herbs note." (03/2019)

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2009 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion ($329.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "After tasting it three times from bottle, I am convinced this prodigious wine is one of the greatest young Bordeaux I have ever tasted. Inky blue/purple with notes of camphor, forest floor, blackberry, cassis, sweet cherries, licorice, the wine has stunning aromatics, unctuous texture and an almost inky concentration, but without any hard edges. With considerable tannin and just enough acidity to provide definition, this wine transcends even its premier grand cru classe terroir. It is certainly the finest Clos Fourtet ever produced. Give it 5-7 years of cellaring to allow some of its baby fat to fall away. There is certainly enough structure underneath to keep for 30-50 years. Bravo! (RP)" (02/2012)

95 points Vinous: "The 2009 Clos Fourtet has a generous and opulent bouquet with red cherries, kirsch, fig and light mocha aromas that gently unfold, retaining admirable definition and poise. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, good structure. A more masculine, serious finish exerts impressive control. This is a classy Saint-Émilion with plenty of ageing potential. (NM)" (03/2019)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Elegant as well as rich, this is a beautiful wine. It has great depth of flavor, the sweetest fruit, deliciously ripe. At the same time, the tannins are an underlying sustenance to the impressive ageworthiness. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (02/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, deep ruby. Slightly porty yet fresh on the hugely ripe nose, offering scents of medicinal cherry, minerals, licorice and roasted meat. Plush, seamless and wonderfully deep, with sexy sweetness leavening by strong minerality. One of the fullest and most mouthfilling wines of this fleshy vintage. Not hugely complex--in fact a bit youthfully monolithic today--but wonderfully dense wine with fully ripe, sweet tannins and superb persistence. (ST)" (07/2012)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 11, 2013

** Super-balanced wine. Wonderful! At UGC: Fine rich texture, silky, with layers of fruit. Elegant!

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 11, 2013

Loved it every time we tasted it. Sweet, silky dark purple fruit.

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2009 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien - 8 available ($389.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2009 Ducru-Beaucaillou is pure perfection and a much more sexy, opulent wine compared to the 2010. Crème de cassis, licorice, spice-box, lead pencil shavings and dried flower notes all literally soar from the glass of this incredible wine. Full-bodied, layered, expansive and deep, with sweet, sweet tannin and no hard edges, its already impossible to resist, yet is going to keep for four to five decades. I think the 2010 will be a longer-lived wine, but Im not sure it will ever deliver the opulence or hedonistic pleasure of the 2009. Either way, thats a fun comparison I look forward to having over the coming decades!" (11/2017)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Ducru Beaucaillou will eclipse the brilliant wines produced in 2005, 2003 and 2000. It will be interesting to see how the 2009 fares against the 2010 after 20 years of aging, but my money is on the 2009. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot that achieved 13.5% natural alcohol, this inky purple, unctuous wine possesses classic aromas of graphite, creme de cassis, blueberries, violets, licorice and Christmas fruitcake. Full-bodied and intense with Ducrus inimitable elegance and purity, it should firm up in the bottle after 7-10 years of cellaring and last for 40-50 years. Magnificent! (RP)" (02/2012)

97 points Vinous: "The 2009 Ducru-Beaucaillou has a tightly wound and almost Pauillac-like bouquet, veins of graphite strafing the black fruit, tightly wound but it is tremendously focused and vibrant. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin that disguise the density and grip of this Saint-Julien. Powerful to the point of being stentorian, yet utterly compelling, it will need another three or four years in bottle. Extremely impressive - a Ducru-Beaucaillou showing what it can do. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 2009 Bordeaux tasting. (NM)" (03/2019)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Big and powerful, structured, with bitter chocolate and blackberry flavors. The wine is dense, the fruit enormous. But it does manage to keep freshness. (RV)" (08/2010)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Features plenty of flash and sizzle, with gorgeous, inviting mocha, espresso and chocolate notes up front, backed by a dense core of plum sauce, cassis, blackberry puree and blueberry reduction accents. Long, showing terrific polish, with a lovely lingering loam note and a buried singed apple wood edge that keeps everything driving through the finish. Best from 2016 through 2035. (JM)" (03/2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Intense mineral high notes complement aromas of cassis, smoke and quinine on the deep, very pure nose. Then seamless and graceful in the mouth, with very smooth, glossy, ripe black fruit and mineral flavors lifted by bright harmonious acidity, which confers a sense of refinement to all the plush fruit. The very long finish shows a persistent note of violet. Though this is an atypically big and creamy Ducru, it manages a precise delivery of archetypical Saint-Julien flavors and refinement. (ST) 95+" (07/2012)

95 points James Suckling: "This is a rich, powerful, concentrated and well-structured wine, but in comparison to recent vintages (from 2014) this comes off slightly heavy on the mid-palate. However, I love the balance at the ripe and generous finish. Drink or hold." (03/2019)

92-94 points John Gilman: "The good news is that the 2009 Ducru-Beaucaillou was raised in ninety percent new wood this year and shows no signs whatsoever of over-oaking. I would still love to see this very special terroir featured a bit more in the finished wine by returning to the old days, when a third new oak was deemed plenty sufficient for the grand vin, but the new wood is seamlessly woven into the tapestry of the wine this year. The bouquet is deep, pure and ripe, as it offers up an outstanding blend of dark berries, black currants, cigar smoke, gravelly soil tones, tobacco leaf and a discreet base of nutty oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully reserved, with a rock solid core of fruit, firm, ripe tannins and outstanding length and grip on the chewy and beautifully focused finish. This is a very traditionally made bottle of Ducru, with the vintages power beautifully harnessed. Superb wine. (Drink between 2030-2075) 92-94+" (05/2012)

K&L Notes: 98 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown in Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Ducru-Beaucaillou bursts from the glass with an amazing array of black fruit preserves and savory layers—crème de cassis, blackberry tart, baked plums and mincemeat pie with suggestions of black olives, sautéed herbs and beef drippings plus wafts of sweaty leather and sandalwood. Full-bodied with a firm frame of grainy tannins and tons of freshness, the muscular fruit completely coats the palate with juicy berry preserves, while the finish is long and savory." (03/2019)

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 11, 2013

Super-long, with great depth, a plush middle and a ripe, spicy finish. The tannins were fine and well-integrated.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 11, 2013

**½ Intriguing, exotic nose of Asian spices mixed with toasty oak. A very sensual wine, but so different from the Ducrus of past great vintages. Satin-textured with a lingering finish.

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2009 d'Yquem, Sauternes ($549.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pale to medium gold colored, the 2009 d'Yquem bursts from the glass with gregarious crème caramel, allspice, dried apricots, mandarin peel and pineapple upside down cake scents plus a fragrant undercurrent of fungi, acacia honey, candied ginger, musk perfume and frangipani. Full-bodied and full-on hedonic in the mouth, the rich, tightly wound layers are still amazingly youthful with bags of citrus sparks and an incredibly long, perfumed finish. Possessing a residual sugar of 157 grams per liter and 13.6% alcohol as well as a laser-focused line of freshness, the rock-solid structure and through-the-roof opulence here is simply mind blowing. Pure perfection. (LPB)" (03/2019)

97-100 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(a blend of 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon...155 g/l residual sugar): Bright gold-tinged lemon-yellow. Enticingly fresh aromas of white flowers, honey, orange and fresh apricot, with suggestions of coconut and candied orange peel. Enters the mouth suave and wonderfully pure, with nectar-like flavors of peach, orange and pineapple complicated by a hint of smoky botrytis. Though extremely rich and concentrated, laser-like acidity gives this remarkable Sauternes a seamless, penetrating, mineral quality on the extremely long, silky finish. Its superb inner-palate energy and near-perfect balance suggest that it will evolve very slowly and go on for decades. A very sleek and refined yet impressively concentrated Yquem that remains amazingly light on its feet. A great example not just of the vintage but of the Pierre Lurton style, and quite different from the more showy and opulent wines made under the direction of Alexandre de Lur Saluces. (ID)" (04/2010)

98-100 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel sample. The aromas are so rich and powerful, with great ripe apricots. There are honey, spice and beautiful sweet spiced pears. This is an extraordinary wine in an extraordinary year in Sauternes. (RV)" (08/2010)

98-100 points John Gilman: " the most magical young vintage of this wine that I can ever recall tasting. Its beauty in 09 lies in its haunting elegance and refined complexity at such an early age, which seems to me to be the barometer by which Yquem should be judged, as power is never an issue with this great terroir. The bouquet is absolutely fabulous, as it soars from the glass in an almost delicate mélange of fresh-cut pineapple, tangerine, an exotic touch of banana, acacia blossoms, a gloriously complex base of chalky soil, orange zest, delicate notes of honeycomb, a bit of pink grapefruit and an esthery topnote of bee pollen. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, very pure and remarkably light on its feet, with perfect focus and balance, superb acids and simply stunning length and grip. I hope the wine does not pick up too much oak from its stay in barrel, as while there will be no issue with the depth of this wine supporting its oak, to risk losing some of this kaleidoscopic complexity to wood tones would be near tragic. A magical Yquem and probably the finest wine made in Bordeaux in 2009. (Drink between 2020-2100)" (04/2010)

98 points James Suckling: "The length to this is exceptional with an intensity yet subtlety. Full and medium sweet with bright and exciting acidity. It's all in balance here. Creme brulee, pineapple, and papaya. Lasts so long on finish. It's so fabulous now. It will age forever but it's already a joy to taste, even drink." (04/2012)

98 points Wine Spectator: "The aromas are closed today, but the core is loaded with apricot, nectarine and orange notes, bolted by a citrus zest spine and backed by toasted almond and piecrust accents on the finish. A large-scale Yquem that shows the richness of the vintage. Best from 2020 through 2050. (JM, Web Only-2014)"

Jancis Robinson: "Rather light with lots of acidity, round and pretty. Racy and just a little lean. (JR) 18.5/20 points" (02/2019)

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2009 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) ($289.99)

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2009 Figeac, St-Emilion - 3 available ($249.99)

97 points Decanter: "This is nudging its evolution a little quicker than the 2010. The fruit is beginning to soften, not to tertiary aspects yet, but there are hints of black truffles and wood smoke. For me the 2010 is the clear winner of the two in terms of longevity, but this is still an extremely accomplished wine that should be celebrated. It has excellent freshness for such a warm year, showing the benefit of its Cabernets, and yet there is no austerity on display - rather it is full of beautifully seductive and richly spiced flavours. Wonderful. (JA)" (06/2017)

96 points James Suckling: "So much forest fruit, fresh mushrooms and sweet tobacco. Complex. Full body and very polished, velvety tannins. A long and flavorful finish. Still tight. A big and rich wine. Needs five to six years more. But impressive to taste already." (02/2017)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "A ripe year like 2009 is kind to the Cabernet Sauvignon of Château Figeac. The wine is perfumed with new wood and sweet fruits, delicious black currant flavors giving both ripeness and freshness. The wine has weight and impressive density. A star of the vintage. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (02/2012)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Distinctive, with atypical (for St.-Emilion) force and drive to the black currant, roasted cedar and maduro tobacco flavors, which are supported by a dense, loam-tinged structure. Terrific roasted espresso, ganache and fig paste notes wait in reserve. Very muscular, but with the cut for balance. Best from 2017 through 2035. (JM)" (03/2012)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2009 Château Figeac is the normal blend of close to equal parts Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Its a beautiful wine that has classic Figeac style, yet is more reserved and backward than most in the vintage. Forest floor, truffle, blackcurrants, cigar ash and green tobacco notes all emerge from this full-bodied, ripe, yet pure, elegant Saint-Emilion that has good acidity and plenty of length. The tannins are ripe, yet firm, its nicely balanced, and it blossoms with time in the glass. Nevertheless, it needs another 4-5 years of cellaring to hit prime time, and it should keep for 2-3 decades." (02/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 seems to have closed down a little since I last tasted it: gravelly and smoky, what you might describe as austere for the vintage. Stylistically it is actually similar to the 2008 Figeac with an appealing savory entry, grainy tannin, a pinch of black pepper and a slightly clipped, but focused finish. This is one of the few Right Bank wines whereby the terroir is more expressive than the growing season, so it will appeal to those that appreciate the style of Figeac, though not necessarily to those that prefer the voluptuousness of the 2009s. Additionally, comparing it directly to the 2010, I suspect that it might not have quite as much longevity as the succeeding vintage. That said, this is still a knockout Saint Emilion that is going to bestow a lot of drinking pleasure over the years. (NM)" (08/2016)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Red-ruby. Aromas of redcurrant and plum are complicated by gravel, tobacco, wild herbs and cedar. Lush, suave and seamless, with noteworthy energy and a restrained sweetness to the fine-grained flavors of red fruits, tobacco and herbs. Insinuating tobacco and cedar notes perfume the mouth as the wine opens in the glass. Very firm wine, finishing with noble, edge-free tannins, lingering spiciness and sneaky length. Quite ripe for Figeac but without any excesses. (ST)" (07/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Very dark crimson. Real energy and richness and tension. Lovely polish and lots of Cabernet influence. Great. Really lively finish. Not at all too rich. Tannins only on the end! Tension trumps vintage. You could enjoy this now with food! 18.5/20 points (JR)" (06/2015)

2009 Fontenil, Fronsac - 2 available ($34.99)

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2009 Guiraud, Sauternes ($59.99)

97 points Vinous: "The 2009 Guiraud is one of the gems of Sauternes this vintage, one of the finest offerings in recent years. It has a wonderful, beautifully delineated bouquet with expressive scents of wild honey, orange pith, Seville orange marmalade and just a hint of pineapple. The palate is beautifully defined with pure botrytised fruit, supremely well balanced with a vivacious, ginger and white pepper tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth. Outstanding. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 2009 Bordeaux tasting. Drink through 2055. (NM)" (03/2019)

96 points James Suckling: "Gorgeous aromas of dried apricots, apple pie crust and pineapple. Full-bodied, with medium sweetness. Dense and layered. Beautiful now but will improve with age. Drink or hold." (05/2013)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This is a bird of a different feather, with an exotic, vibrant aroma of toasted coconut, followed by an almond cream note that gives way to the core of green fig, papaya, Cavaillon melon and honey. There's stunning richness and mouthfeel, with the power to be one of the longer-lived wines of the vintage. Very impressive. Best from 2015 through 2040. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. *Highly Recommended, #5 of Top 100 Wines of 2012* (JM)" (03/2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pale to medium gold colored, the 2009 Guiraud comes sashaying out of the glass with a wonderfully floral nose of jasmine and peach blossoms with an undercurrent of potpourri, dried mango, honey nut, baked pineapple and preserved ginger. The mouth is completely coated with concentrated baking spice and savory layers countering all the rich sweetness, finishing long and layered. (LPB)" (03/2019)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a smoky, rich wine that shows evident wood aging. This feature adds weight, though the sweetness is currently muted. It is a wine with potential intensity; the fruit and acidity will emerge in several years. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (02/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Intense, rich and seductive. Lovely concentration, with spice on the finish. Barley-sugar flavour dominates the middle, dense and generous and still harmonious. Just enough freshness for this concentration. Broad and long. Drink through 2045. 18/20 points (JR)" (08/2013)

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 26, 2019

Here is a substantial wine that impresses more with richness than sweetness. This fat and waxy wine is crammed with honey, orange oil, papaya, saffron, ginger and tarragon in a creamy and mouth filling style. Opulent and exotic.

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 08, 2019

We were in Bordeaux this past April, enjoying yet another lovely dinner with a vast amount of wines, winding down from a long day. I almost overlooked the 2009 Guiraud sitting on the table until Trey caught my attention and mentioned that I should try it. On the first sip it was a stop-me-in-my-tracks quality wine that shook me out of my reverie. It carries the perfect balance of botrytis, tropical fruit, honey, orange blossom, and most importantly, plentiful mouthwatering acidity and abundant freshness. Brilliant.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 06, 2019

The 2009 is showing more richness, more power, and an incredible array of exotic flavors and spices: cinnamon, apples, and very creamy textured. For sure we will be talking about this wine 50 years from now.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 12, 2013

*1/2 Soft and easy. Candied ginger. Very lush and ripe, with nice acidity.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 12, 2013

Always big and full of fat, honeyed fruit.

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2009 Haut-Bages-Libéral, Pauillac - 12 available ($74.99)

94 points James Suckling: "Pretty nose of blueberries, currants and blackberries, follows through to a full body, with ultra-refined tannins and polished, caressing texture. Very refined and long. Perhaps the best ever from here. Try after 2018." (03/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Probably the finest Haut-Bages Liberal since the 1982, this beautifully rich wine has an inky purple color, a big, sweet kiss of creme de cassis, incense, some background spicy oak and forest floor. Its gorgeous fruit, full-bodied opulence, impressive purity, expansive texture and broad, savory finish make for a terrific wine to drink over the next 25+ years. (RP)" (02/2012)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "As so often, the wine is foursquare, tough and dark. It has powerful tannins with the weight of fruit well behind at this stage, structure to the front. It needs several years to come into balance. (RV)" (02/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Singed bay leaf and briar notes run along the edges, with ripe, almost sappy blackberry, black cherry and currant fruit leading to a finish of tobacco and olive. Latent grip hangs through the finish. Drink now through 2020. (JM)" (03/2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Aromas of cassis, licorice, bitter chocolate and spicy oak. Sweet, rich and vinous, with harmonious acidity giving shape and grip to the fine-grained flavors of dark berries, cedar, smoke and leather. Good structure and energy here. This firmly built wine spreads out nicely on the lingering aftertaste. A big success for this property. (ST)" (07/2012)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 17, 2014

*V At UGC: A very ripe wine, with mint and orange zest undertones. Exotic to a point. Samples were variable.

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2009 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan - 4 available ($274.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Deep ruby/purple-colored, with loads of red currants, smoked meats, dried flowers, Asian spices and hints of truffle-like aromatics, the 2009 Haut Bailly is full-bodied, ethereally textured, super elegant, and possesses a purity of fruit thats off the charts. In addition to a wealth of fruit, this absolutely perfect wine glides across the palate and carries incredible intensity and richness without any sensation of weight or heaviness. It's already impossible to resist, yet will keep for another two to three decades. This is the epitome of elegance and finesse in Bordeaux!" (12/2017)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A dense ruby/purple-tinged color offers up notes of forest floor, subtle wood smoke, mulberries, black cherries, cassis and a hint of lead pencil shavings. There is even a floral component lurking in the intricate aromatic profile. The wine is medium to full-bodied with wonderful intensity that builds incrementally and has a long, silky, luscious finish. There is plenty of tannin, but it is largely concealed by the wines beautiful fruit and ethereal complexity. Given its virtually perfect balance, this brilliant Haut-Bailly should age effortlessly for 3-4 decades.This is a tour de force in winemaking, particularly for readers seeking the quintessential example of a Bordeaux that combines compelling complexity and finesse with significant flavor authority and intensity. I suppose we could see this coming as American owner, Robert Wilmers, along with his winemaker/manager, Veronique Sanders, continue to push the envelope. Yields were extremely low in 2009, and the final blend was an intriguing concoction of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. It came in just under 14% natural alcohol, which makes it among one of the more powerful Haut-Baillys produced. However, power is not the hallmark of this wine. This terroir is known to produce relatively light wines, and by reducing yields and picking riper fruit, Wilmers and Sanders have achieved a level of concentration and intensity that is unprecedented for Haut-Bailly." (02/2012)

97 points James Suckling: "Aromas of blackberries, wet earth and mushrooms, follow through to a full body, with a solid core of fruit. Velvety and delicious, yet wonderfully structured. Muscular wine. Best ever? Try in 2018." (02/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby-red. Very ripe but subdued aromas of dark berries, black cherry, minerals, woodsmoke, mocha and smoky underbrush. Silky on entry, then utterly smooth and seamless in the middle, with outstanding concentration and lift to the berry, tobacco and hot rock flavors. Finishes with utterly noble tannins and outstanding, slowly building length and lingering perfume. This outstanding Haut-Bailly saturates every square millimeter of the palate without leaving any undue impression of weight. I was reminded of the time I was served three classy old Pessac-Leognan wines blind. I guessed that I was tasting Haut-Brion, but the bottles turned out to be Haut-Bailly 1961, 1945 and 1928." (07/2012)

94 points Vinous: "The 2009 Haut-Bailly has a very pure bouquet with blackberry, liquorice, hints of star anise and boysenberry jam, opulent and vivacious, a little glossy perhaps? The palate is medium-bodied with very supple and lithe tannin matched with a fine bead of acidity. Lovely balance here, fine tension with a insistent grip, layers of black fruit laced with cedar and graphite towards the very Pauillac-like finish. Superb. Tasted at BI Wines & Spirits' Ten Year On tasting. (NM)" (03/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a rich, very dense feel, but stays racy thanks to a strong graphite frame around the core of roasted fig, plum sauce and maduro tobacco. Muscular but defined on the finish, with a long tarry edge in reserve. This shows serious depth and is more backward than most of its peers. Should really stretch out nicely in the cellar. Best from 2017 through 2035." (03/2012)

K&L Notes: **½ 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Absolutely charming wine, with a cashmere-like texture. Excellent. 97 point Lisa Perrotti-Brown: "Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2009 Haut-Bailly hits the ground running with bold black fruit preserves, Morello cherries, baked blueberries and tilled earth scents with nuances of fried herbs, chargrilled meat and a ferrous waft plus a touch of menthol. Medium to full-bodied, the taut palate has a firm, grainy texture with a lively line lifting the core of muscular fruit, finishing long and earthy." (03/2019)

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2009 La Gaffelière, St-Emilion - 7 available ($139.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An absolutely spectacular effort, the 2009 is one of the all-time great La Gaffelieres produced. One would have to go back to the 2005, 1947 or 1961 to find this level of quality from this ancient, historic vineyard planted adjacent to the walls of St.-Emilion, on the Cote Pavie. Dating back to the 1400s, this estate has been owned for over three centuries by the Malet-Roquefort family. Composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon (in the past it was two-thirds Merlot and the rest split between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc), the 2009 reveals compelling elegance, tremendous intensity and opulence and more viscosity than one normally sees. While I thought the alcohol was well past 14%, the Chateau claims it is only 13.5%, which is relatively modest in this vintage. Lots of kirsch, licorice, incense, truffle, asphalt, blackberry and cassis notes dominate the aromatics and flavors of this full-bodied, viscous, fabulously pure, flamboyant St.-Emilion. Drinking it now may be considered infanticide by some consumers, but it is already attractive, and should last for 3-4 decades. (RP) 95+" (02/2012)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Straight down the line, this wine shows fruit and acidity. The tannins are relatively soft while the fruit is forward. Blackberries, coffee and licorice notes all come together. (RV)" (02/2012)

94 points James Suckling: "Big and juicy with loads of ripe fruit and spice. Coffee and chocolate. Full. Powerful and intense. Exotic finish." (07/2017)

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2009 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc ($84.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Fabulous aromas of licorice, flowers and blackcurrants follow through to a full body with wonderful silky and caressing tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Its complex and exceptional. Better in 2018 but so enjoyable to taste and drink now." (03/2015)

93-96 points Wine Spectator: "Floral and precise fruit, with blackberry-skin character and mineral undertones. Full-bodied, with superfine tannins and a fresh, clean finish. Long and tight. Racy. Lovely texture. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 15% Petit Verdot. This property is really on a roll now, delivering racy and structured reds; it gives much more freshness and character to the wine. (JS, Web Only-2010)"

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "It is not unusual that the 2009 La Lagune is a spectacular effort given the fact that this estate has been making terrific wines over the last decade or more. It boasts a dense purple color as well as a beautiful perfume of blueberries, mulberries, cassis, white chocolate and subtle toasty oak. Notes of Chinese black tea, cedarwood and forest floor also make an appearance in the singular aromatic and flavor profiles. This sumptuous, full-bodied La Lagune possesses low acidity, abundant but ripe, sweet tannin and a long, 45-second finish. Give this beauty 5-7 years of bottle age and drink it over the following three decades. (RP)" (02/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, bright ruby-red. Sexy aromas of currant, underbrush, leather and toasty oak. Plush, seamless and sweet; full-bodied but not heavy. Pliant flavors of currant, plum and earth expand to fill the mouth. Finishes with broad, fine tannins and sneaky building length. Classic Old World claret from a ripe year: velvety, sweet and long. (ST)" (07/2012)

92 points Vinous: "The 2009 La Lagune was showing some reduction on the nose but it eventually blows off and so decant this for one to two hours if opening soon. It has a powerful nose with plenty of ripe red and black fruit with maybe just a hint of over-maturity when compared to the 2010 La Lagune. There is something a little feral here. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, tons of quite spiced black fruit laced with bay leaf, black tea and a pinch of white pepper. It leads to a grippy and nicely structured finish that lingers long in the mouth. Tasted at the La Lagune vertical at the château. (NM)" (04/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "Tasted blind. Blackish-purplish crimson. Heady with a hint of sweet oak. Proper savoury left-bank claret with an overlay of the ripeness of the vintage. This tastes almost like Pichon Lalande! Very well made. Long. (JR) 17/20 points" (02/2019)

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Absolutely delicious. Cassis, cocoa and woodsy. It is ripe but perfectly balanced with the tannin and acidity in the right place. It is soft and elegant.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 29, 2013

The high proportion of Petit Verdot really lifts this wine. Tons of black licorice on the nose and palate. Lush wine, but it has good grip. Fresh and vibrant. I love this wine-it is so pure and seamless.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 23, 2013

If you are looking for great 2009 Bordeaux for your cellar, the 2009 La Lagune Haut Medoc should be at the top of your list. This property sits in the southern part of the Haut-Medoc and routinely out does its neighbors in Margaux with its generous, ethereal aromatics. This 2009 is concentrated, but the power is only part of the story. For me it is the overall balance and finesse of this classic claret that makes it so noteworthy- all it needs is time!

2009 La Pointe, Pomerol (375ml) - 2 available ($29.99)

2009 Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes (375ml) - 2 available ($34.99)

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2009 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L) - 6 available ($2,699.99)

100 points James Suckling: "This is what the Medoc is all about. The freshness and delicacy of this wine in combination with its serious concentration and firm core are totally stunning. Time has already worked its magic and this is already delicious, but has decades in front of it." (02/2019)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A tight, but potentially gorgeous nose of graphite, black currants, licorice and camphor is followed by a full-bodied wine revealing the classic elegance, purity and delineated style of Lafite. It is phenomenally concentrated with softer tannins than the 2005, the 2003's voluptuous, broad, juicy personality, and low acidity. There are several vintages that I thought were a replay of their colossal 1959, most notably 1982 and 2003, but 2009 is also one to keep an eye on. It is still extremely youthful and seems slightly more backward than I would have guessed based on the barrel tastings, but it needs 10-15 years of bottle age, and should last for 50+. (RP)" (02/2012)

98 points Wine Spectator: "This is stunning for its ability to take massively endowed fig, currant paste and crushed plum fruit flavors and harness them with ultrasuave freshly roasted espresso, black tea and ganache notes. A seductive style, long and velvety, with the dense core of black fruit and smoldering iron just waiting and waiting." (03/2012)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Classic Lafite aromas of cassis, cedar and graphite are lifted by a fragrant violet note. Then pure and vibrant on the palate, with seamless flavors of blackcurrant, blackberry, cedar, iron and flint. The very smooth tannins provide plenty of support to the fruit flavors, while the wine's harmonious acidity really draws out the finish. This outstanding Lafite is all about grace--in contrast to Latour's power. (ID) 96+" (07/2012)

96 points Vinous: "The 2009 Lafite-Rothschild is quite high-toned and expressive on the nose, perhaps the most ostentatious of the top flight 2009s with upfront black cherry and boysenberry fruit, lavish new oak and touches of violet. The palate is sleek and satin-like in feel with copious dark cherry and boysenberry fruit, fig and dates, almost honeyed in texture towards the precocious finish that has an opulent bent, almost hedonistic, unusual for this First Growth. But it is kinda irresistible. (NM)" (03/2019)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "A powerful expression of Cabernet Sauvignon, solid in structure. The wine is rich and concentrated, very textured. Great spice go with just enough fresh acidity, in this big wine. (RV)" (08/2010)

93-95 points John Gilman: "The 2009 Lafite-Rothschild is a beautifully crafted wine that is all poise and seduction. This is the worlds ultimate luxury wine these days, and while the style has changed rather dramatically from the great Lafites of the decade of the 1980s, there is little here to complain about, as everything is done as perfectly as is humanly possible. The bouquet is deep and stunning, as it soars from the glass in a blaze of cassis, blackberries, coffee, tobacco smoke, a great base of gravelly soil tones and a generous coating of nutty, smoky new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, very suave and utterly complex, with a great core of pure fruit, moderate, refined tannins and stunning length and grip on the utterly seamless and completely seductive finish. This wine is crafted like a truly great Swiss watch, and consequently it offers up unprecedented accessibility at a very young age for those that will not be able to defer gratification, but it is so poised and beautifully balanced that it will also have no difficulty aging for many, many decades. Whether one prefers the old style of Lafite that took decades to really blossom or this new style that is the ultimate in seduction from the start is really just a matter of personal taste. There is certainly nothing in the makeup of the 2009 that is anything but exemplary in nature, and this is a beautiful wine." (03/2010)

Jancis Robinson: "Tasted blind. Crimson with a weak rim. Sweet and racy. Minerals and life. Dry, even slightly drying, tannins and not yet ready but all is tucked in there for a lovely stony future. Sinewy. So long and fresh. 19/20 points (JR)" (02/2019)

K&L Notes: 97 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown for Wine Advocate: "The deep garnet colored 2009 Lafite Rothschild bursts from the glass with red and black currant preserves, warm plums, mulberries and kirsch scents plus suggestions of sweaty leather, cigar box and menthol. Medium-bodied, elegant and firmly structured, it has wonderful freshness and a long earthy/meaty finish." (03/2019)

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2009 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc ($39.99)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Ripe black currant fruit with some cedar wood, licorice and wood spice are all present in this generously endowed, concentrated, low-acid Lanessan. The tannins are silky, and the overall impression is one of elegance, plumpness and beautiful intensity. This is a sleeper of the vintage and one that should only improve over the next several years and merit an outstanding rating. It should keep for up to two decades. (89+) (RP) ... Neil Martin's Wine Journal, July 2013: 'Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Lanessan 09 has a simple but clean fruit bouquet with blackberry, cedar and a touch of tar, hints of espresso developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins. Fresh and lively in the mouth, not complicated but showing good length on the finish - perhaps I was expecting just a little more given its promising showing from barrel. Still, I think this will improve in bottle. Tasted January 2013.'" (02/2012)

Wine Spectator: "Focused, with a mouthwatering tobacco edge framing the core of red and black currant and anise. A warm stone note fills out the finish, with good underlying acidity. Drink now through 2015. (Web-2012)"

K&L Notes: One of Clyde's sentimental favorites, and now recently a darling of the K&L staff since 1996 vintage. Always a fine value. The 2009 vintage is much more modern in style than fans of older vintages from Lanessan, packed with lots of fresh fruit, spice and soft tannins.

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2009 Latour, Pauillac - 9 available ($1,499.99)

100 points James Suckling: "Dark and chocolatey with a lot of richness, but also a cool herbal freshness this is a very impressive Medoc wine that's already delicious to drink. Very long, surprisingly supple finish for this château. A perfect wine. Drink or hold." (03/2019)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 91.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8.7% Merlot with just under 14% natural alcohol, the 2009 Latour is basically a clone of the super 2003, only more structured and potentially more massive and long lived. An elixir of momentous proportions, it boasts a dense purple color as well as an extraordinarily flamboyant bouquet of black fruits, graphite, crushed rocks, subtle oak and a notion of wet steel. It hits the palate with a thundering concoction of thick, juicy blue and black fruits, lead pencil shavings and a chalky minerality. Full-bodied, but very fresh with a finish that lasts over a minute, this is one of the most remarkable young wines I have ever tasted. Will it last one-hundred years? No doubt about it. Can it be drunk in a decade? For sure. (RP)" (02/2012)

99 points Decanter: "This is still closed, although a softening of the tannins is apparent. It has a gorgeous nose full of Pauillac power and finesse, with brambled fruits and touches of hedgerow as the Cabernet Sauvignon count heads upwards. The fresh core is clear from start to finish, giving that high-wire feeling that makes great Médocs so thrilling. There's a sense of drama to the cassis fruits, controlled but with impact and a sense of purpose, leading to a chewy finish. This is barely bedded down and has the shoulders and backbone to carry it for years. Don't approach it yet. Drinking Window 2024 - 2046 (JA)" (02/2019)

99 points Vinous: "The 2009 Latour is endowed with a simply magnificent nose with intense blackberry and cassis fruit laced with minerals and graphite, extremely focused to the point of overwhelming the sense. Wow. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin, multilayered black fruit infused with crushed stone and a hint of white pepper, though it clams up towards the finish as if to say, not yet. Outstanding. This is Latour firing on all cylinders. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 2009 Bordeaux tasting. (NM)" (03/2019)

99 points Wine Enthusiast: "A big, powerful wine that sums up the richness of the vintage. It is densely fruity, spicy with an enormous black plum and berry fruit character to go with the acidity. Its concentrated while still showing such wonderfully pure fruit. The aging potential is immense. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (02/2012)

99 points Wine Spectator: "This seems to come full circle, with a blazing iron note and mouthwatering acidity up front leading to intense, vibrant cassis, blackberry and cherry skin flavors that course along, followed by the same vivacious minerality that started things off. The tobacco, ganache and espresso notes seem almost superfluous right now, but they'll join the fray in due time. The question is, can you wait long enough? Best from 2020 through 2040. (JL)" (03/2012)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep purple-ruby. Pungent floral and spice notes enliven complex aromas of dark plum, cocoa and minerals. Large-scaled and juicy, with lively acidity giving sharp definition to the uncommonly deep, pure flavors of black fruits, forest floor and dark spices. The impressively ripe, powerful finish features youthfully chewy tannins and outstanding persistence. This big boy will require a lot of patience: forget about it in the cellar for at least 15 years. (ST) 96+" (08/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Lustrous deep crimson. Sweet yet refined. Recalls juggling or tightrope-walking with its mixture of ripeness and freshness. Dry finish on wonderfully precise sweet fruit. Still very youthful. Clean. Highest average score ever! 19.24 because of five 20/20s. (JR)" (02/2019)

K&L Notes: 100 points, Lisa Perotti-Brown in the Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Latour is unashamedly youthful with bold blackcurrants, black cherries and warm plums notes plus nuances of cedar chest, aniseed, beef drippings, truffles and tapenade with a waft of tilled black soil. Full, concentrated and powerful in the mouth, it has a rock-solid frame of super ripe, grainy tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing very long and wonderfully minerally. Just a baby—this needs time!" (03/2019)

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2009 Le Gay, Pomerol ($209.99)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "In the same league as the otherworldly 2010, the 2009 Le Gay (90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc) is a totally thrilling Pomerol thats up with the crème de la crème in this wonderful vintage. Simply loaded with notions of blackcurrants, blackberries, espresso, cedarwood, dried flowers, and incense aromas and flavors, this beauty hits the palate with an opulent, full-bodied, powerful profile yet stays seamless and silky. Possessing perfect balance, beautiful mid-palate depth, sweet, sweet tannins, and no hard edges, its just about as profound as Pomerol gets. Drink this thrill-a-minute any time over the coming 2-3 decades." (03/2019)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tiny yields of 25 hectoliters per hectare and a final blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc have produced an enormously concentrated, black/purple-colored wine exhibiting notes of roasted meats, smoked game, blackberries, coffee, incense and forest floor. This distinctive, large-scaled, viscous, thick Pomerol may be as concentrated as some of this estates all-time classics (1947 and 1950). I am puzzled by why I could not see this a few years ago. In any event, this is one of the most profound Le Gays ever produced. Forget it for at least a decade and drink it over the following half century. Wow! Did I underestimate this wine from barrel! I remember when tasting it at that time, Michel Rolland, who consults at this property, told me he thought it was the best they have made to date. After having it three times from barrel, I could not see that. However, cask aging has certainly been beneficial to this masculine, backward wine. From bottle, the 2009 Le Gay is remarkable. (RP) 96+" (02/2012)

96 points Vinous: "I once described the 2009 Le Gay as monumental and I have no reason to alter that view under these blind conditions. It has a tightly wound bouquet with blackberry, truffle, forest floor and light tobacco scents that gather momentum in the glass. Captivating. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very well poised with an elegant but very persistent finish. This is extremely promising - a sophisticated and refined Pomerol that has exchanged its initial weight and girth for something more profound and long-lasting. Chapeau. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 2009 Bordeaux tasting. (NM)" (03/2019)

95 points James Suckling: "A typical Pomerol with the combination of ripe black fruits and elegance that's traditionally associated with the appellation. Plenty of mushroom and some truffle character too. I love the long almost crisp finish that pulls you back to the glass for more. Drink or hold." (02/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Very fresh and pure, this displays a lovely tobacco streak cutting through the enticing core of crushed plum, mulled raspberry and dark fig fruit. Long and racy on the finish, with singed cedar nicely embedded. Has opulence but stays focused. (JM)" (03/2012)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "With powerful new-wood aromas and flavors, this is a wine that is smooth and polished, yet fruity. This has concentration and a dark character that comes from the opulent, ripe fruit. Give it at least 10 years. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (02/2013)

K&L Notes: 98+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown in the Wine Advocate: "The deep garnet colored 2009 Le Gay simply sings of minted cassis, baked plums and blueberry pie with touches of cardamom, cloves, tree bark and pencil shavings plus a waft of lavender. The palate is medium to full-bodied and exquisitely textured with satiny tannins and bold freshness framing the vibrant, multilayered fruit, finishing long and perfumed." (03/2019)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 09, 2015

Outstanding terroir and winemaking. Intense blueberry and blackberry aromas follow to the palate. Super-delicious, with a one-minute-long finish.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 08, 2012

Super-sweet. Loaded with dark cherry fruit and lovely tannins. Superb!

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2009 L'Église Clinet, Pomerol - 5 available ($379.99)

97-100 points Wine Spectator: "The nose on this already suggests a deep and contemplative wine with blackberry, dried flowers and sweet berries. Evolves to black olive and hints of asphalt. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and tangy, rich fruit. It really grabs hold of you and wants to tell you it's special. Loads of ripe tannins too. Big and structured. Turns to tapenade. (JS, Web-2010)"

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Proprietor Denis Durantou has produced a blockbuster Pomerol from a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, tipping the scales at just over 14.5% natural alcohol. A riveting wine, pure, elegant, but at the same time, extremely powerful and concentrated, with stunning texture, opulence and density, the tannins are abundant, and the wine certainly in need of a decade of cellaring. Fabulous creme de cassis and cherry liqueur notes are intertwined with hints of licorice, truffle, and graphite. Full and rich, but still in an infantile state of development, this wine needs to be cellared for 10 years but should keep for five decades or more. This 2009 is absolutely profound. (RP) 99+" (02/2012)

97 points James Suckling: "Wonderful aromas of crushed blackberries and blueberries and spices. Rose petals. Full body, with soft and velvety tannins and a juicy, fruity finish. Beautiful layers of tannins, with hints of acidity. Best after 2017." (02/2012)

97 points Vinous: "The 2009 lEglise-Clinet was picked 14 to 28 September and matured in 80% new oak. It remains remarkably youthful on the nose, rendering the brilliant 2010 a bit introverted by comparison. This comes racing out of the blocks with ebullient red cherries, crushed strawberry and raspberry fruit, touches of dried rose petal and melted tar. With aeration there is just a touch of liquorish. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin that belies the arching structure underneath. It manages to retain awesome power and yet deliver a refined finish that feels long and tender. Stunning. (NM)" (07/2019)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium ruby. Essence-of-Merlot aromas of bitter cherry, bluberry, boysenberry, dark chocolate, licorice and spices, lifted by a whiff of violet. Dense, thick and sweet, with a saline nuance to the seamless flavors of dark berries, licorice and spices. Wonderfully sweet, subtle and long, finishing with substantial building tannins and a medicinal reserve that bodes well for a slow and graceful evolution in bottle. A great vintage for this estate. (ST) 95+" (04/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Broad, winning and subtle. Fills in all the corners of the palate with wonderful energy too. 19/20 points. (JR)" (01/2013)

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2009 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien - 11 available ($169.99)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "A major success of the vintage. The wine exhibits extreme richness of the fruit, with all its sweet blackberry flavors. It also has underlying firm structure, density and solid tannins. Bring in the acidity at the end, and this is both impressive and ready for long-term aging. *Ranked #3 on Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2012* (RV)" (02/2012)

96 points James Suckling: "Very floral, with fresh mushrooms and currants on the nose. Full body, with powerful tannins, yet polished and refined. Lovely length. Vibrant acidity. Well structured. Try after 2018." (03/2012)

95 points Vinous: "The 2009 Léoville-Barton is one of the few Saint-Julien '09s to suggest just a smidgen of brettanomyces on the nose, although frankly it does not detract from its allure, with lovely meat juice and brown spice aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, juicy and slightly chewier than its peers, well judged acidity with ample density and rondeur towards the finish. It might benefit from another year in bottle but otherwise, this is just a wonderful, life-affirming and disarmingly charming Léoville-Barton. (NM)" (03/2019)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This is powerful Cabernet, with gutsy weight, but polished feel to the fresh plum, warm blackberry sauce, bittersweet ganache and roasted apple wood notes. Long and tarry through the finish, but still invigorating despite its heft. Will need some time to round fully into form. *Ranked #6 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2012* (JM)" (03/2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2009 Leoville Barton gives up expressive cherry cordial, warm cassis and blackberry tart scents with nuances of menthol, cigar box and fallen leaves. Medium-bodied and elegantly played with loads of freshness and soft tannins, it has a long, perfumed finish. (LPB)" (03/2019)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Red- and blackcurrant, licorice, chocolate mint and sexy oak tones on the nose. Dense, solidly built and youthfully backward, with strong acidity and a medicinal quality leavening the sweetness of this plush, seamless wine. Most impressive today on the very long finish, which features a firm spine of dusty tannins, hints of cedary oak and dark chocolate, and lovely lift. Should evolve positively over the next two decades. (ST) 93+" (07/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Perfumed. Seductive. Dense and powerful. Very intense and ambitious indeed. Well-managed tannins. Glossy. Very dry at the moment. 18/20 points (JR)" (01/2013)

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 02, 2018

Every once in a while a world-class Bordeaux is under-rated at release, providing a window of opportunity for those in-the-know to have extended access at great pricing. This is exactly where we are with the complex, structured, and refined 2009 Léoville-Barton. Almost a decade on, this famed Second Growth is starting to open up showing a core of signature bright red fruit peeking through the very fine-grained tannin. It is a great mix of classic Bordeaux in a modern vintage - one that demands time but is expertly crafted. It is not out of the question to open it now and check in on it, but prepare it with a long decant. This gem will certainly have plentiful upside for the next 10 to 20+ years.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 05, 2015

77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22.5% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc. Probably the best Ive tasted from Anthony and I have been tasting his wines since 1973. Tons of fruit masks the high tannin levels-will age for a very long time. 95 points!Still a superb buy for the cellar. Cb 2015

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2009 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien - 4 available ($299.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The greatest wine Ive ever tasted from this address is the 2009 Léoville Poyferré, which is a step up over both the 2000 and the 2010. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and the balance Cabernet Franc that hit 13.9% alcohol, it offers everything you could ask of a wine and reveals a saturated purple color as well as incredible notes of crème de cassis, blueberries, lead pencil, exotic Spices, and dried flowers. Incredibly full-bodied, super concentrated, deep, and opulent, yet still pure, fresh, and lively, it has sweet tannin and a hedonistic vibe that hides its underlying structure. Drink it anytime over the coming three decades." (02/2018)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the more flamboyant and sumptuous wines of the vintage, this inky/purple-colored St.-Julien reveals thrilling levels of opulence, richness and aromatic pleasures. A soaring bouquet of creme de cassis, charcoal, graphite and spring flowers is followed by a super-concentrated wine with silky tannins, stunning amounts of glycerin, a voluptuous, multilayered mouthfeel and nearly 14% natural alcohol. Displaying fabulous definition for such a big, plump, massive, concentrated effort, I suspect the tannin levels are high even though they are largely concealed by lavish amounts of fruit, glycerin and extract. (RP)" (12/2011)

96 points Vinous: "The 2009 Léoville Poyferré has an outstanding bouquet with blackberry, mint and cedar aromas, almost Pauillac in style, very dense and with plenty of horsepower. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, saturated tannins that frame layers of blackberry infused with graphite and white pepper. I love the symmetry and control of this Poyferré, in particular its persistent finish. This is a magnificent wine from Didier Cuvelier. (NM)" (03/2019)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "An immensely structured wine, packed with dark tannins promising aging potential. It is complex, powerful, layered with new wood and concentration, finishing with dark plum fruits and acidity. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (02/2019)

95 points James Suckling: "Ripe and creamy but also refined and lively, this is a beautiful 2009 Medoc, the fine tannins adding a lot to the long and silky finish. The obvious bitter chocolate note will either delight you or be a touch too much. Drink or hold." (02/2019)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium ruby. Classic Saint-Julien aromas of cassis, licorice, tar, minerals and dark chocolate. Lush, sweet and powerful, with a superb glyceral texture to the dark berry and dark chocolate flavors. Huge wine but not at all heavy. The extremely long, echoing finish features utterly noble tannins that saturate the front teeth. Offers a show-stopping combination of sweetness and structure. Built for three decades of life in bottle. (ST)" (07/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Solid notes of steeped black currant, ganache-coated fig and plum eau de vie pump along in this very dark red, but with well-integrated structure. Long and winey through the finish, with the grip extending everything nicely. (JM)" (03/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Tasted blind. Very concentrated crimson. Introvert and dramatic. Lots of ripeness and (still) lots of tannin. An overall impression of sweet ink that is decidedly promising even if its much more backward than most St-Juliens. Just not that gloriously persistent at the moment but pretty monumental. 18/20 points (JR)" (03/2019)

K&L Notes: 98 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown for Wine Advocate's 10-year retrospective: "Having retreated into its shell, the deep garnet colored 2009 Léoville Poyferré gives up slowly revealing notions of cigar boxes, pencil lead, charcoal, rose hip tea and fragrant earth with a core of preserved plums, crème de cassis, espresso and Indian spices. Full, rich, seductive and voluptuously fruited in the mouth, the palate features firm yet beautifully velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long and spicy." (03/2019)

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2009 Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan - 2 available ($79.99)

93 points James Suckling: "Round and friendly, with soft and velvety tannins and delicious plum, spice and meaty aromas and flavors. Juicy finish. Subtle and rich." (02/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Beautiful, Burgundian-like aromas of burning embers, roasted Provencal herbs, black currants and sweet cherries and raspberries emerge from this medium-bodied, elegant 2009 Pessac-Leognan. Medium to full-bodied and seductive with sweet tannins as well as a surprisingly evolved, precocious personality (even for a 2009), it will offer delicious drinking over the next 15+ years. This is another wine in which I noticed subtle bottle variation. (RP)" (02/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Still youthfully tight, this shows a packed core of plum, cassis and blackberry fruit wrapped with bittersweet cocoa, tobacco and charcoal notes. Nice drive marks the finish, with gorgeous polish, as a mouthwatering linzer torte note expands as it opens in the glass. (JM)" (03/2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby-red. Perfumed aromas of black raspberry, licorice, wild herbs and minerals. Sweet, lush and densely packed, with concentrated black cherry and black raspberry flavors offering considerable early appeal. Finishes with rising fruit and big, ripe tannins. This is superb already but should evolve positively for 10 to 12 years. (ST)" (07/2012)

K&L Notes: 92 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Les Carmes Haut-Brion ‘09 has a very showy ostentatious bouquet with ripe black fruit, creme de cassis and blueberry that explodes from the glass. The palate is full-bodied with rounded succulent black fruit, low acidity, plush and generous with a long sweet, rather oaky finish. It bears similarities to Smith Haut Lafitte in style although compared to the bottle last November there is just a touch more weight on the finish. Tasted January 2013."

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2009 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac 2018 Ex-Chateau Release - 5 available ($289.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "2009 had a very hot, dry summer with a little rain in mid to late September. The wines are rich, opulent and generously fruited, approachable when young, though they have the substance to age beautifully. This is no exception. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 Les Forts de Latour is very spicy on the nose, strutting star anise, fenugreek and cumin seed notions over a core of crème de cassis, violets, plum preserves and blueberry compote with a waft of camphor. The palate is full-bodied, rich, opulent and wonderfully velvety in the mouth with a very long, multilayered finish. (LPB)" (02/2019)

95 points James Suckling: "The aromas are so floral, with currants and blueberries as well. Succulent. Full and very balanced, with super velvety tannins and a long and lovely finish. Frederic Engerer, president of Latour, uses the word "succulent" to describe it. Hes right. I like the word gorgeous as well. Try in 2018, but hard not to drink." (02/2012)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Mint aromas hint at the wood, but more important is the massive Merlot fruit that is an essential element in the blend. The result is a wine that blends richness and power with an initially severe character. Slowly it opens to reveal opulent blackberry jam flavors, immensely ripe. (RV)" (02/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator: "This has purity and precision, with mouthwatering blackberry, black currant and steeped plum fruit racing along, nicely laced with graphite and studded with enticing ganache and iron notes through the finish. Sleek, but the grip is there. (JM)" (03/2012)

91 points Vinous: "The 2009 Les Forts de Latour shows the richness of the vintage in its dark, slightly roasted flavors. Ample and sumptuous in the glass, the 2009 drinks well now, but it also gives the impression of limited upside, so I would not hang on to it for more than a handful of years. Mocha, espresso, dark fruit and spices add to a feeling of weight and power. (AG)" (07/2016)

90-91 points John Gilman: "The 2009 Forts de Latour is the spitting image of the grand vin, as it is deep, pure complex, broad-shouldered and quite structured. The bouquet is a very fine, quite reserved mélange of black cherries, dark berries, tobacco leaf, a great base of complex, gravelly soil tones and cedary wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and tight, with a rock solid core of fruit, plenty of ripe tannins, very good acidity for the vintage and a very long, firm and classy finish. A superb Forts de Latour in the making (Drink between 2022-2050) 90-91+" (09/2017)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Pungently fragrant aromas of blackcurrant and cedar complicated by quinine and bay leaf. Rich, dense and suave, with rather brooding flavors of blackberry, plum liqueur, aromatic herbs and forest floor. This has shut down since the Primeurs and will need patience. Lacks only the generosity of the grand vin but should be outstanding. And it's a remarkable second wine. (ST) 90+" (07/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Mellow and lively. Very sweet start. Big and bold. Perhaps very slightly richer than the ideal Forts. Not as obviously Pauillac. Lots of pleasure but still quite a bit of tannin. 17.5/20 points (JR)" (04/2016)

K&L Notes: **+ Big and rich. Great balance and lots of depth. At the property: Pepper and spice and everything nice. Lively, fresh and vibrant. An excellent second wine. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. In 2011, Robert Parker called this "Possibly the best second wine ever made at Latour"

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2009 L'Evangile, Pomerol ($489.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An astonishing effort from the Rothschild family, the 2009 lEvangile may be the reference point offering from this estate for decades to come. A blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc aged in 100% new oak, with 15% natural alcohol, it exhibits a sumptuous bouquet of caramels, black raspberry liqueur, blackberries, violets, graphite and truffles. Thick, viscous flavors are reminiscent of such super-ripe vintages as 1982, 1959, 1949 and 1947. The striking aromatics, massive, full-bodied mouthfeel and multilayered palate that resembles a skyscraper in the mouth offer an abject lesson in great winemaking, extraordinary terroir, and the ability to combine power with precision, elegance and freshness. This is unquestionably a huge wine, but it also possesses mindboggling complexity and finesse. Because of its sheer extract and velvety personality, it will be drinkable in 4-5 years, and will keep for four decades or more where well-stored. The most profound LEvangile ever made? (RP)" (02/2012)

99 points James Suckling: "The purity of fruit in this is spellbinding now with blackberry and blueberry as well as violet undertones. Focused on intense yet subtle fruit. Full body, very tight yet textured and sexy. Ultra-fine tannins. The aftertaste of light chocolate and burnt orange peel is always subtle and bright." (06/2017)

98 points Decanter: "95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. A vintage that managed to tick all the boxes set down by the Bordeaux oenology school for great years, even though it was a little too warm for true balance in some estates. Not here though, with flavours concentrated but not overly so. This has softened just slightly over the years, still showing an exotic, dark, spicy character and intense black fruits. Just getting going, but dont feel the slightest urgency to open any bottles that youre lucky enough to have. The tannins are still very present, even if they are like silk. (JA)" (10/2018)

97 points Wine Spectator: "This takes a broader approach, with almost stolid tobacco and charcoal structure guarding the core of black currant, roasted fig and blackberry confiture flavors. Long and very fleshy, offering ample toast and searing singed iron notes, but terrific integration. Merlot in Cabernet clothing, with a long life ahead. (JM)" (03/2012)

2009 Liouner 'Cuvee Pierre', Listrac ($29.99)

Always one of the great sources of value in Bordeaux, Listrac is among the under-the-radar AOCs that make up the vast majority of production in the region, even as the most famous names comprise but a small fraction of production in any given year. This wine hails from the universally acclaimed 2009 vintage and bears all the hallmarks of that ripe, opulent year.

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2009 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux ($124.99)

98 points James Suckling: "A wine with intense spice and berry character, with hints of sweet tobacco. It changes all the time from flowers to fruit and wet earth. Full-bodied, with super fine tannins and ripe fruit. It's long and juicy with lovely fruit. Super long and beautiful, with fine tannins that last for minutes. Tight now, but juicy and gorgeous. Best ever from here." (02/2012)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An inky/purple color is followed by notes of Asian plum sauce, forest floor, creme de cassis, black raspberries and a floral component that is unusual for a Margaux. A wine of exceptional intensity and purity with a full-bodied, sumptuous texture, lots of fresh vibrancy and excellent definition, this beautiful 2009 exhibits high but sweet tannin. It is more sexy than the 2005 was at a similar age, although their level of extract and concentration is relatively equal. Something about the 2009 reminds me of a Margaux version of St.-Julien's Leoville Poyferre ... if that makes any sense. This is another fabulous effort from an estate that has been doing extraordinary work over the last 10-15 years. I enjoyed the 2009 as much as the 2005, perhaps even slightly more because while it has structure, the tannins are less aggressive and there is more succulence, flesh and texture in the 2009. (RP)" (12/2011)

94 points Decanter: "Individual judges scores: SB 18.5 AG 18 SS 18.5 Finely concentrated red and black fruits on the nose. Plump, suave and opulent palate with lots of vibrancy, vigour, density, length and purity. Vigorous and long, a very fine wine now and will be for a long time. Judges: Steven Brook, Alun Griffiths MW and Steven Spurrier (Panel Tasting)"

94 points Wine Spectator: "This is beautiful, with smoldering tar, espresso and tobacco leaf notes fully melded together, while the core of crushed plum, steeped black currant and blackberry fruit sits in reserve. A twinge of iron adds extra length and definition on the finish. Very suave. Approachable now, but with plenty of stuffing and balance for the cellar as well. (JM)" (06/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Tasted blind. Mid crimson. Just the right side of volatile but very winning and opulent. More 2009 than Margaux. A little dry and chewy for the moment. Massive volume and finish. (JR)" (03/2019)

K&L Notes: 95 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Malescot-St-Exupery '09 is unruly at first, but it settles down nicely to become a well behaved pupil: boysenberry, lifted cassis and violet aromas all very clean and well defined, the oak subtly enmeshed. The palate is medium-bodied with a succulent entry. Lovely ripe, filigree tannins and a lovely elegant caressing finish make this an excellent Margaux. Tasted January 2013." (7/2013)

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Deep-inky purple color. Very aromatic with an almost candied plum note, crème de cassis, espresso coffee beans, concentrated palate and yet not heavy. Super velvety tannins and all very integrated, very balanced. It is ripe, but not hot. Awe-inspiring.

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2009 Margaux, Margaux - 3 available ($999.99)

100 points James Suckling: "The nose is out of this world, with lilacs, currants, blackberries, and blueberries. Full-bodied, with super silky tannins and savory fruit and amazing flavors of fine leather, blueberries, and sandalwood. The quality of the tannins are amazing, with creamy texture and bright acidity on the end. Such classic and classicism. Delicacy. Lasts for minutes on the palate. This is 13.2% alcohol. Best Margaux in bottle yetwill 2010 be as great? Try it in 2020." (02/2012)

97-100 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full ruby-red. Pure, ripe aromas of cassis, graphite and cedar, lifted by floral and mineral high notes. Dense and amazingly concentrated yet light on its feet, with compelling, extremely pure flavors of spicy blackcurrant, tobacco leaf and minerals. The extremely long, slow-building and wonderfully fine-grained finish offers an exhilarating combination of power and sweetness. This comes across as quite backward today yet is anything but austere. A real essence of Margaux's great terroir, and one of my favorite wines of the vintage. As I walked to the parking lot with Pontallier after the tasting, he said to me, "If people don't think this is one of the greatest wines I have ever made, then it means I haven't really understood anything in the last 30 years spent making wine. (ID)" (06/2010)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Château Margaux is deep garnet in color and features wonderfully fragrant minted cassis, lilacs, Black Forest cake and oolong tea scents with touches of pencil shavings and dusty soil. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm, grainy frame with lovely freshness lifting the perfumed fruit to a very long, mineral-laced finish. (LBP)" (03/2019)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "A massive wine for Margaux, packed with tannins and ripe fruit. It has more Cabernet Sauvignon than usual, giving intense black currant flavors with enticing acidity balanced by the sweetness of the fruit. Ripe swathes of this opulent fruit are also elegant and structured. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (02/2012)

97 points Wine Spectator: "This offers gorgeously caressing fruit, with steeped plum, blackberry and red currant notes, finely embroidered with accents of rooibos and black tea, tobacco leaf, alder and sandalwood. Delivers loads of fruit, with the structure already melded into the core of fruit--but that's the vintage style. (JM, Web-2014)"

97 points Vinous: "The 2009 Château Margaux is intense and powerful on the nose with blackberry, forest floor, graphite and rose petals that unfurls with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, impressive density and plenty of freshness, perhaps more than the 2009 Mouton-Rothschild. There is a genuine Pauillac-like drive to this Château Margaux thanks to the Cabernet Sauvignon, clearly a First Growth destined for long-term ageing. (NM)" (03/2019)

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2009 Montrose, St-Estèphe - 3 available ($389.99)

100 points James Suckling: "Blueberries, currants and Indian spices on the nose follow through to a full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a lovely finish. It's intense and refined. A beauty. It goes on for minutes. Speechless. Better and cleaner than the great 1990. Try in 2022." (03/2012)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Harvested between September 17 and October 5, this wine seems always open for business, so to speak, much like the great 1982s. The summer of 2009 was very hot and dry, which got the harvest off to a reasonably early start. The blend was 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Jean Bernard Delmas goal was to find perfect equilibrium between freshness and concentration, given its incredible opulence and the voluptuous character this vintage offered. Thats what this wine has in abundance. With an astounding dense purple color, the wine has velvety, sweet tannins, and an extremely open-knit and opulent blueberry, blackberry and creme de cassis nose. There is scorched earth, vanilla and, again, telltale licorice and spice. It is unctuously textured thicker and juicier than the 2010 and more forward. This wine should come into its own in another five years. And again, it has at least 50+ years of aging potential. (RP)" (08/2014)

98 points Decanter: "The 2009 Montrose shows elegant, rich, well-placed fruit, full of generosity. It's silky and velvety in texture, with good freshness despite the exoticism of the fruit structure, with black pepper and garrigue edging. The tannins are still pretty biting and the acidity is higher than many in 2009. Settling in for the long haul, this is without doubt a Montrose that has form and future. (JA)" (02/2019)

98 points Vinous: "The 2009 Montrose has a taut, brilliantly defined bouquet with intense black fruit laced with crushed stone, forest floor, crushed rose petals and a touch of slate. Magnificent. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, good depth and grip, plenty of graphite locked in here with a bravura finish that indicates that this Saint-Estèphe is in for the long-haul. It may well deserve a higher score as it evolves in bottle. Everything you wish for in a Montrose. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 2009 Bordeaux tasting. (NM) 98+" (03/2019)

97 points Wine Spectator: "A bit of a brute, with a very chewy bittersweet ganache, tobacco and roasted fig core splayed open right now by a dagger of roasted apple wood, allspice and cedar. Long and dense through the finish, with a strong singed iron edge. The stuffing is certainly there, but this will take a while to come together as it's running unbridled right now. Proves you can still get classic old-school Bordeaux. Best from 2020 through 2040. (JM)" (03/2012)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Enormous tannins, dominant black fruit and a solid, dense structure. The wine, packed with dark fruits, dry tannins, very firm in character. With its huge tannins as well as fruit, this is a wine that really needs many years of aging. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (04/2012)

93-95 points John Gilman: "For lovers of old school claret, the 2009 Montrose is your wine! Jean Delmas has eschewed every modern accoutrement in this traditionally-styled, broad-shouldered and very structured Montrose, and I am hard-pressed to think of any vintage since the legendary wines of the 1920s that have emerged from this property with this kind of potential. The bouquet is deep, reticent and bottomless, as it offers up scents of cassis, black cherries, tobacco leaf, cigar ash, a very complex base of gravelly soil tones and a bit of cedary wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and powerful in a very classic way (in comparison to the caricature of a wine at Cos this year), with a rock solid core of fruit, very firm, but ripe and well-integrated tannins, tangy acids and a very, very long, focused and soil-driven finish. This is the real deal in 2009 and clearly one of the wines of the vintage. (Drink between 2025-2075)" (03/2010)

Jancis Robinson: "Very dark purple. Fresh and concentrated. Really very luscious and beautifully balanced. This is looking most impressive now. Very Montrose and very 2009. Rich and ripe. 18.5/20 points (JR)" (02/2019)

K&L Notes: 100 points Lisa Perotti-Brown in Wine Advocate: "Hallelujah—what a glorious nose! The deep garnet colored 2009 Montrose features beautiful Black Forest cake, licorice, crème de cassis and warm blueberries scents with hints of charcoal, truffles, tapenade and menthol plus a waft of star anise. The palate is full-bodied, rich, super concentrated and yet superbly harmonious with a firm backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing long and mineral laced." (3/2019)

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2009 Montrose, St-Estèphe (1.5L) - 6 available ($849.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Harvested between September 17 and October 5, this wine seems always open for business, so to speak, much like the great 1982s. The summer of 2009 was very hot and dry, which got the harvest off to a reasonably early start. The blend was 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Jean Bernard Delmas goal was to find perfect equilibrium between freshness and concentration, given its incredible opulence and the voluptuous character this vintage offered. Thats what this wine has in abundance. With an astounding dense purple color, the wine has velvety, sweet tannins, and an extremely open-knit and opulent blueberry, blackberry and creme de cassis nose. There is scorched earth, vanilla and, again, telltale licorice and spice. It is unctuously textured thicker and juicier than the 2010 and more forward. This wine should come into its own in another five years. And again, it has at least 50+ years of aging potential. (RP)" (08/2014)

98 points James Suckling: "For the very ripe vintage this has a herbal and wet earth nose that's very cool. Then on the palate theres a ton of ripe cassis, polished fine tannins and a tremendous freshness powering the very long dry finish. One of the stars of the vintage that's just beginning to enter its best form." (03/2019)

98 points Vinous: "The 2009 Montrose has a taut, brilliantly defined bouquet with intense black fruit laced with crushed stone, forest floor, crushed rose petals and a touch of slate. Magnificent. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, good depth and grip, plenty of graphite locked in here with a bravura finish that indicates that this Saint-Estèphe is in for the long-haul. It may well deserve a higher score as it evolves in bottle. Everything you wish for in a Montrose. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 2009 Bordeaux tasting. (NM) 98+" (03/2019)

97 points Wine Spectator: "A bit of a brute, with a very chewy bittersweet ganache, tobacco and roasted fig core splayed open right now by a dagger of roasted apple wood, allspice and cedar. Long and dense through the finish, with a strong singed iron edge. The stuffing is certainly there, but this will take a while to come together as it's running unbridled right now. Proves you can still get classic old-school Bordeaux. (JM)" (03/2012)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, deep ruby-red. Drop-dead gorgeous nose offers cassis, mineral and candied violet aromas of great depth. Enters the mouth sweet, suave, and dense, showing utterly seamless, highly complex flavors of dark berries, underbrush, minerals and cedar. For a wine with such amazing depth of flavor, this comes across as almost weightless. Though it displays the upfront fruity charm of the 2009 vintage, this is a complex, rich monster that will prove extremely ageworthy. One of the wines of the vintage, and the best young Montrose I've yet tasted. (ST)" (07/2012)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Enormous tannins, dominant black fruit and a solid, dense structure. The wine, packed with dark fruits, dry tannins, very firm in character. With its huge tannins as well as fruit, this is a wine that really needs many years of aging. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (04/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Very dark purple. Fresh and concentrated. Really very luscious and beautifully balanced. This is looking most impressive now. Very Montrose and very 2009. Rich and ripe. (JR) 18.5/20" (03/2019)

K&L Notes: 100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown in Wine Advocate: "Hallelujah—what a glorious nose! The deep garnet colored 2009 Montrose features beautiful Black Forest cake, licorice, crème de cassis and warm blueberries scents with hints of charcoal, truffles, tapenade and menthol plus a waft of star anise. The palate is full-bodied, rich, super concentrated and yet superbly harmonious with a firm backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing long and mineral laced." (3/2019)

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2009 Montrose, St-Estèphe (1.5L) 6-pack in OWC - 2 available Price: Hidden

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Harvested between September 17 and October 5, this wine seems always open for business, so to speak, much like the great 1982s. The summer of 2009 was very hot and dry, which got the harvest off to a reasonably early start. The blend was 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Jean Bernard Delmas goal was to find perfect equilibrium between freshness and concentration, given its incredible opulence and the voluptuous character this vintage offered. Thats what this wine has in abundance. With an astounding dense purple color, the wine has velvety, sweet tannins, and an extremely open-knit and opulent blueberry, blackberry and creme de cassis nose. There is scorched earth, vanilla and, again, telltale licorice and spice. It is unctuously textured thicker and juicier than the 2010 and more forward. This wine should come into its own in another five years. And again, it has at least 50+ years of aging potential. (RP)" (08/2014)

98 points Decanter: "The 2009 Montrose shows elegant, rich, well-placed fruit, full of generosity. It's silky and velvety in texture, with good freshness despite the exoticism of the fruit structure, with black pepper and garrigue edging. The tannins are still pretty biting and the acidity is higher than many in 2009. Settling in for the long haul, this is without doubt a Montrose that has form and future. (JA)" (02/2019)

98 points Vinous: "The 2009 Montrose has a taut, brilliantly defined bouquet with intense black fruit laced with crushed stone, forest floor, crushed rose petals and a touch of slate. Magnificent. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, good depth and grip, plenty of graphite locked in here with a bravura finish that indicates that this Saint-Estèphe is in for the long-haul. It may well deserve a higher score as it evolves in bottle. Everything you wish for in a Montrose. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 2009 Bordeaux tasting. (NM) 98+" (03/2019)

98 points James Suckling: "For the very ripe vintage this has a herbal and wet earth nose that's very cool. Then on the palate theres a ton of ripe cassis, polished fine tannins and a tremendous freshness powering the very long dry finish. One of the stars of the vintage that's just beginning to enter its best form. This is normally a perfect wine but perhaps not a perfect bottle? Drink or hold." (05/2019)

97 points Wine Spectator: "A bit of a brute, with a very chewy bittersweet ganache, tobacco and roasted fig core splayed open right now by a dagger of roasted apple wood, allspice and cedar. Long and dense through the finish, with a strong singed iron edge. The stuffing is certainly there, but this will take a while to come together as it's running unbridled right now. Proves you can still get classic old-school Bordeaux. (JM)" (03/2012)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, deep ruby-red. Drop-dead gorgeous nose offers cassis, mineral and candied violet aromas of great depth. Enters the mouth sweet, suave, and dense, showing utterly seamless, highly complex flavors of dark berries, underbrush, minerals and cedar. For a wine with such amazing depth of flavor, this comes across as almost weightless. Though it displays the upfront fruity charm of the 2009 vintage, this is a complex, rich monster that will prove extremely ageworthy. One of the wines of the vintage, and the best young Montrose I've yet tasted. (ST)" (07/2012)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Enormous tannins, dominant black fruit and a solid, dense structure. The wine, packed with dark fruits, dry tannins, very firm in character. With its huge tannins as well as fruit, this is a wine that really needs many years of aging. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (04/2012)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in pulp shippers to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will Call or Local Delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions. 100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown in Wine Advocate: "Hallelujah—what a glorious nose! The deep garnet colored 2009 Montrose features beautiful Black Forest cake, licorice, crème de cassis and warm blueberries scents with hints of charcoal, truffles, tapenade and menthol plus a waft of star anise. The palate is full-bodied, rich, super concentrated and yet superbly harmonious with a firm backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing long and mineral laced." (3/2019) Ralph Sands, K&L: Deep ripe Bing cherry fruit, an excellent middle and a powerful finish. This will be a classic!

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2009 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac - 8 available ($979.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Mouton-Rothschild is as concentrated as the 2010, but it presents itself in a more consumer-friendly, seductive style. Opulently textured and full-bodied with gorgeous levels of crème de cassis, melted licorice, espresso roast and chocolate, it possesses high but sweet, velvety tannins, massive body, and fabulous purity as well as length. This could turn out to be a candidate for perfection in another 8-10 years. It will drink well for 30-50 years, but will always be much more approachable and charming than its 2010 counterpart. Drink 2022-2065. (RP)" (12/2014)

98 points Decanter: "The texture is the most striking thing on this wine, right from the attack. It rolls out a carpet of silk and welcomes you in, and displays the gourmet edge that Mouton does so expertly, with blackberry, black cherry, crushed blueberries and garrigue. It has a softness that makes it not necessarily signature Pauillac, but certainly signature Mouton, with the ripeness of the fruit tempered by firm, brushed tannins and a core of controlled acidity. Crushed mint leaves appear on the finish. Multi-layered and brilliant. (JA)" (02/2019)

98 points Vinous: "The 2009 Mouton Rothschild is exceptionally beautiful. A huge, powerful wine, the 2009 possesses stunning richness and radiance, with plenty of underlying structure to support all of that exuberance. Smoke, grilled herbs, tobacco and incense give the 2009 much of its exotic, captivating personality. Seamless, opulent, yet with terrific freshness, the 2009 is sure to thrill those fortunate to own it for several decades. In a word: dazzling. The blend is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot. Harvest took place between September 23 and October 6 in a year marked with dry weather, higher than average temperatures and generous sunshine. (AG) 98+" (05/2016)

98 points James Suckling: "With a ton of ripe blackcurrant and some bitter chocolate this is a rich and rather opulent wine that still retains a delightful freshness and has a long, positively dry finish. Drink or hold. (Horizontal Tasting, London, 2019)" (03/2019)

98 points Wine Spectator: "This will always be a great contrast to the dark power of the 2010, sporting lush layers of fig, boysenberry and blackberry confiture, carried by velvety tannins, flowing through a long, anise-, tobacco- and cocoa-fueled finish. Not shy on grip, but much rounder and plusher in feel. Hard to resist now, but there's absolutely no rush. Best from 2020 through 2050. (JM)" (03/2017)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque, almost impenetrable purple-ruby. Closed nose hints at ripe dark plum, cassis, violet, coffee, minerals and ink. Opulent flavors of blackcurrant, minerals and herbs are pure and clean, with harmonious acidity lifting and extending them on the very long, rich, suave finish. This wine has improved considerably since the Primeurs. In fact, this is even more true of the 2010, which makes me think that Mouton may now require extra patience and leeway when it's tasted during the spring following the harvest. Another stellar wine for this property. (ST) 97+" (07/2012)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "The purest Cabernet Sauvignon fruit, with dark chocolate and intense dark berry flavors. The tannins are so enveloped by the fruit and yet they promise great aging. At this stage, wood shows through the fruit, but the texture is so rich and opulent that it should easily become integrated. (RV)" (02/2012)

93-94 points John Gilman: "The 2009 Mouton is clearly cut from the same cloth as the 09 Lafite this year, rather than from the more structured style of Latour. The bouquet is deep, suave and quite luxe in its aromatic profile of black cherries, a touch of raspberry, coffee, Cuban tobacco, lovely soil tones and plenty of suave, nutty new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, very refined and polished, with a rock solid core of fruit, plenty of ripe tannins and impeccable focus and balance on the very long, suave and intensely flavored finish. A fine, fine Mouton. (Drink between 2019-2050)" (03/2010)

Jancis Robinson: "Tasted blind. Rich and intriguing. There is savour and intrigue here but perhaps a little less concentration than some. More open then some. Salty and mineral. 19/20 points. (JR)" (02/2019)

K&L Notes: 99 points Lisa Perotti-Brown in Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Mouton Rothschild gives up bold earthy notions of underbrush, tilled soil and fungi over a core of crème de cassis, plum preserves and Indian spices with a waft of camphor. Full-bodied with a firm, velvety tannin texture and packed with black fruit preserves and exotic spice layers, it has seamless freshness and a very long, decadently fruited finish." (3/2019)

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 20, 2019

I tasted this with Florent Fresse, export manager from Chateau Mouton Rothschild when he came to do a staff seminar in Redwood City. The 2009 Chateau Mouton Rothschild lived up to its billing as a super star of a super vintage, and was extremely expressive at 10 years old for a first growth. This is a chocolaty, full blown Cabernet style with deep dark fruit and vanilla aromas and flavors. This wine has lots of body and texture but does not in any way feel ponderous or fat. In fact, it finishes dry, bright and long. It is composed of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12 % Merlot. It was an extraordinary treat.

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2009 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan ($239.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The red wine flight was a colossal showing for the 2009s, with perfect wines from Cos d'Estournel, La Mission Haut-Brion, Smith Haut Lafitte, Pape Clément and Haut-Brion. These amazing wines are not only showing their individual, singular terroir characteristics at age six, but the luxurious, extravagant richness and body of this vintage...One expects the Mission Haut-Brion, Haut-Brion and Pape Clément to hit the highest points in a vintage like this - and they did. (RP, in Hedonist's Gazette)" (04/2016)

98 points James Suckling: "Wonderful aromas of plums and blueberries and flowers. Full-bodied with plums, stones, hazelnuts and milk chocolate, and a long, long finish. Marvelous. Best ever." (08/2012)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a richly structured wine with beautiful perfumes emanating from the bouquet. The rich, stalky texture is balanced by the flavors of dark chocolate and black currant jelly. It's big, ripe and full of potential, a fine balance between opulence and ageworthiness. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (09/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and muscular, with exotic roasted spice, braised fig and warm raspberry confiture notes that are supported by a broad baseline of dark cocoa, tar and freshly brewed espresso. Not shy about its modernity, but everything is in place. Just needs to settle in with cellaring. Best from 2015 through 2030. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. *Highly Recommended* (JM)" (03/2012)

95 points Decanter: "An early-ripening and generous wine in an early-ripening and generous year, this is full of the exuberance that it demonstrated when young. The terroir is starting to exert its influence now, with a lovely pull back on the finish as the tannins step up. It's still youthful and buttoned down but the fruit is exotically ripe and really starting to come into its prime, with traces of heavy black pepper spice. Extremely good quality, if vintage led. (JA)" (02/2019)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Drinking beautifully today, the 2009 Château Pape Clément (50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and the rest 5% Cabernet Franc) reveals a saturated ruby/purple color as well as an upfront, complex bouquet of blackcurrants, chocolate, lead pencil, earth, and graphite. Its full-bodied and powerful, yet stays seamless and silky on the palate, with a beautiful sense of elegance. With ripe tannins, beautiful balance, and a great finish, it has the sexy, opulent style of the vintage front and center. You can safely drink this fabulous wine anytime over the coming 2-3 decades." (10/2018)

K&L Notes: 99 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown in Wine Advocate: "Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2009 Pape Clement struts flamboyantly out of the glass, featuring beautifully opulent preserved black fruits, Morello cherries and Chinese five spice with underlying notions of truffles, iron ore and tobacco plus a waft of sandalwood. Full-bodied, the voluptuous fruit has a firm foundation of super ripe, grainy tannins and bags of freshness supporting layer upon layer of black fruit, exotic spices and earth-laced flavors, finishing very long." (3/2019)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 24, 2012

*½+ Less expensive than their 2005! 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. Red berry fruit. This is very rich on the palate. Smooth and long. At UGC: New wave nose and flavors. Very sweet palate impression. Earthy finish.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 24, 2012

Strong and masculine, with lots of coffee flavors.

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2009 Pape-Clément Blanc, Pessac-Léognan - 3 available ($369.99)

100 points James Suckling: "This really is phenomenal. It shows subtle complexity with dried lemons, papaya, and hints of vanilla. What blows you away is the palate. It is so dense yet agile with amazing tension and a bright finish. It builds and builds in the finish. Superb. Speechless." (07/2012)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Pape Clement Blanc is an absolutely remarkable wine, which is not a surprise given what this historic estate has done in both white and red over the last 20 years. Their white wine, an intriguing blend of 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon, 16% Sauvignon Gris, and the rest Muscadelle, comes from 7.5 acres of pure gravelly soil. An exquisite nose of honeysuckle, tropical fruit, pineapple, green apples, and orange and apricot marmalade soar from the glass. Great acidity, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a texture more akin to great grand cru white Burgundy put this wine in a class by itself. I wouldnt be surprised if there were others who also think this is pure perfection in white Bordeaux. I tasted this wine four separate times and gave it a perfect score three of the four times. It is one of most exquisite dry white I have ever tasted from anywhere -- period. Certainly the founder of Pape Clement, Bertrand de Goth, would be happy with his decision to plant a vineyard here in 1305. Pure genius! (RP)" (02/2012)

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2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac ($289.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An amazing wine in every sense, this classic, full-bodied Pauillac is the quintessential Pontet Canet from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, who continues to reduce yields and farms his vineyards biodynamically a rarity in Bordeaux. Black as a moonless night, the 2009 Pontet Canet offers up notes of incense, graphite, smoke, licorice, creme de cassis and blackberries. A wine of irrefutable purity, laser-like precision, colossal weight and richness, and sensational freshness, this is a tour de force in winemaking that is capable of lasting 50 or more years. The tannins are elevated, but they are sweet and beautifully integrated as are the acidity, wood and alcohol (which must be in excess of 14%). This vineyard, which is situated on the high plateau of Pauillac adjacent to Mouton Rothschild, appears to have done everything perfectly in 2009. This cuvee should shut down in the cellar and re-open in a decade or more. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2075. (RP)" (12/2011)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2009 Pontet-Canet continues to just knock it out of the park every time Ive been lucky enough to drink a bottle, and this beauty was as good as it gets yet again. Deep purple-colored, full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, and just about off the charts in terms of scale and density, it nevertheless just glides across the palate with an ethereal, seamless texture that never seems heavy or cumbersome. This is pure Pauillac in all its glory and is a monumental wine in every way. Drink it any time over the coming 4-5 decades." (10/2018)

98 points James Suckling: "Stunning aromas of fresh flowers, with blueberries, blackberries and currants that follow through to a full body, with super balance and finesse. The tannins are super polished. Such class here. Best ever from here. From biodynamically grown grapes. Try in 2018." (03/2012)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This is amazingly expressive now considering how huge it is, with stunning espresso and warm fig confiture aromas followed by lush layer after layer of blackberry paste, cassis and plum sauce. A terrific loam underpinning strides in on the finish, which is weighty but sports serious cut. Equal parts fruit and earth. Best from 2018 through 2038. (JM)" (03/2012)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, full ruby. Pure, vibrant aromas of cassis, blackberry, blueberry, licorice, graphite and leather. Like liquid velvet on entry, then energetic and sharply delineated in the mid-palate, with penetrating minerality intensifying the pristine dark berry flavors. Most impressive today on the extremely long, perfumed finish, which shows suave, noble tannins and a magically light touch for such an intense wine. This wine is remarkably tastable today but it's also built for 30+ years of aging. (ST)" (07/2012)

95 points Vinous: "The 2009 Pontet-Canet needs more encouragement from the glass than its peers, but it rewards the imbiber with seductive pure cassis and blackberry fruit, touches of autumn leaves and pencil box. The palate is medium-bodied with firm but fine tannin, a lovely bead of acidity. A harmonious, brown spice and smoke tinged finish fans out with confidence. You could open this now but it still has two more decades of drinking pleasure to give. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 2009 Bordeaux tasting. (NM)" (03/2019)

K&L Notes: 100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown in Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Pontet-Canet is a little shut down to begin, but with coaxing this baby is soon firing on all cylinders with a full-throttle nose of chocolate-covered cherries, crème de cassis, boysenberries and spice cake plus tons of kirsch and cranberry sauce sparks and a beautiful undercurrent of emerging tertiary characters: cigar box, sandalwood, chargrill, truffles and cast iron pan. Full-bodied, rich, multilayered and completely seductive, the palate is charged with incredible energy, with a firm backbone of velvety tannins and seamless freshness providing solid grounding and promising a very long life ahead. It finishes with an incredible display of epically long-lasting flavor fireworks. Wow!" (3/2019)

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A colossal wine that is warm, smooth and thick with massive texture and structure in perfect balance. This is full throttle with roasted blackberry, blueberry and dark cherry fruit, graphite, crushed flowers and ripe tannins balanced in perfect harmony. An absolutely delicious wine to decant tonight or cellar many decades.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 08, 2018

It's difficult to be original in a review on such an excellent wine from such an excellent vintage, but I did want to say that this wine is all that you'd expect and more. Tasted recently, the wine is just beginning to evolve some lovely savory components. The fruit is still luscious and the tannin silky. Although it certainly has more in store for its life, it was drinking beautifully after being open for several hours. The finish is endless.

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 25, 2018

A quick check in on a living legend a week ago - there's still no doubt that 2009 Pontet-Canet is a special, reference-point wine in Bordeaux. Among a table of some of the most seasoned professionals, negociants, and winemakers, the bottle we had was emptied very quickly. Deep and brooding still at this young age, it is loaded with copious red/black fruits, extremely fine grain tannin, and a finish that easily passes a minute. Certainly a rival for the First Growths in a vintage like 2009, it will continue to be a wine that is a must-have for any collector for a few decades to come.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 04, 2015

Just a perfect wine and enough said. Can enjoy in a few years until 2050.

2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 12-pack in OWC - 2 available ($3,399.00)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A wine Ive been lucky enough to have numerous times since release, the 2009 Pontet Canet is one of those magical efforts that wine lovers encounter far too infrequently. From one of the greatest vintages for the region ever, this deep, saturated purple-colored effort offers an incredible bouquet of crème de cassis, blackcurrants, lead pencil shavings, damp earth, and graphite. This gives way to a full-bodied, powerful Pauillac that carries a massive amount of sweet fruit yet stays light and beautifully balanced on the palate. With ripe, sweet tannin, an expansive texture, and awesome mid-palate depth, as well as incredible purity, freshness, and delineation, its as good as wine gets and can be enjoyed anytime over the coming 4-5 decades. Hats off to proprietor Alfred Tesseron and the team at Pontet Canet! Drink through 2068." (02/2018)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Pontet-Canet is a little shut down to begin, but with coaxing this baby is soon firing on all cylinders with a full-throttle nose of chocolate-covered cherries, crème de cassis, boysenberries and spice cake plus tons of kirsch and cranberry sauce sparks and a beautiful undercurrent of emerging tertiary characters: cigar box, sandalwood, chargrill, truffles and cast iron pan. Full-bodied, rich, multilayered and completely seductive, the palate is charged with incredible energy, with a firm backbone of velvety tannins and seamless freshness providing solid grounding and promising a very long life ahead. It finishes with an incredible display of epically long-lasting flavor fireworks. Wow! Drink through 2065. (LPB)" (03/2019)

98 points James Suckling: "Stunning aromas of fresh flowers, with blueberries, blackberries and currants that follow through to a full body, with super balance and finesse. The tannins are super polished. Such class here. Best ever from here. From biodynamically grown grapes." (03/2012)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This is amazingly expressive now considering how huge it is, with stunning espresso and warm fig confiture aromas followed by lush layer after layer of blackberry paste, cassis and plum sauce. A terrific loam underpinning strides in on the finish, which is weighty but sports serious cut. Equal parts fruit and earth. (JM)" (03/2012)

95 points Vinous: "The 2009 Pontet-Canet needs more encouragement from the glass than its peers, but it rewards the imbiber with seductive pure cassis and blackberry fruit, touches of autumn leaves and pencil box. The palate is medium-bodied with firm but fine tannin, a lovely bead of acidity. A harmonious, brown spice and smoke tinged finish fans out with confidence. You could open this now but it still has two more decades of drinking pleasure to give. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 2009 Bordeaux tasting. (NM)" (03/2019)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

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2009 Priban, Haut-Medoc - 4 available ($19.99)

The vineyards of Chateau Priban cover less than 1 hectare in the Haut-Medoc. A classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The property is very close to Chateau Cantemerle.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 26, 2019

A few years of bottle age have done wonders for the sumptuous, plump 2009 Bordeaux and this wine has really benefited. This is earthy and fruity with generous cherry pie and warm fig flavors filling the middle and touches of spice bathing the gentle finish of ripe tannins. Rather opulent and a delicious drink for tonight.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 07, 2016

The Priban has such a wonderfully inviting nose loaded with classic Medoc qualities of blackcurrants, roasted plums, graphite and allspice. Plenty of weight and richness on the palate and a solid finish that belies its humble price point. You could easily pay twice as much for not as impressive a wine.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 07, 2016

A very small, boutique producer, with less than 2.5 acres of vineyards, and very hard to find in the USA. The vineyards are located in the Haut-Medoc, close to Margaux appellation. A captivating nose greets you with its sweet cocoa, violets, cassis, a delightful note of capsicum and...roses? On the palate the sweet coffee, and chocolate comes to the the forefront along with cassis, and a touch of spices and earth. It is a generous, pleasing wine, with perfectly ripened tannins and balanced acidity. It is very pleasant to drink right now.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 04, 2016

Do not confuse this wine with Pibran from Pichon-Baron. This fine property is near Cantemerle and we loved this wine when we tasted it in April. I love 2009 Bordeaux for their sweetness and fruit-forward style. The fruit overshadows the tannin in 2009 and it surely does here.Lush and lively with red fruit flavors mixed with a touch of oak. A steal!

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2009 Sainte-Marguerite, Medoc ($21.99)

A classic claret with an astounding quality-to-price ratio and from a sublime vintage.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 06, 2019

Showing the classic richness and softness of the perfectly ripened grapes of the 2009 vintage, this direct import delivers elegant aromatics, full of plums, cherries and cocoa. Soft, rich and warm, and sure to please those looking for a good valued aged wine.

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2009 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Léognan - 5 available ($299.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The finest wine ever made by proprietors Daniel and Florence Cathiard, the 2009 Smith-Haut-Lafitte exhibits an opaque blue/purple color in addition to a glorious nose of acacia flowers, licorice, charcoal, blueberries, black raspberries, lead pencil shavings and incense. This massive, extraordinarily rich, unctuously textured wine may be the most concentrated effort produced to date, although the 2000, 2005 and 2010 are nearly as prodigious. A gorgeous expression of Pessac-Leognan with sweet tannin, emerging charm and delicacy, and considerable power, depth, richness and authority, it should age effortlessly for 30-40+ years. Bravo! (RP)" (02/2012)

96 points James Suckling: "Aromas of flowers, dried citrus fruit and blueberries follow through to a full body, with firm and silky tannins and a long, long finish. Gorgeous fruit and structure. Polished and powerful. Best red ever from Smith. Best in 2018." (02/2012)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This is really loaded, with crushed plum, blueberry, cassis, fig and blackberry paste flavors all melded together, along with notes of tar, pastis and violet. Very long and dark, but polished and pure, with terrific fruit offset by a great tug of earth on the finish. Should cruise easily in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2035. (JM)" (05/2012)

95 points Decanter: "As with many 2009 clarets, this is much more flamboyant than its 2010 sibling and provides a completely different flavour profile. Here the fruit is more ripe cherry with spice, cocoa and mocha. Sumptuously rich and voluptuous, this low acid wine has fine, silky, fluid tannins. This has power and personality in abundance and is almost entering its drinking window. However, the best is still yet to come. (JS)"

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright red-ruby. Enticing aromas of blueberry, flowers, graphite and charred, nutty oak, plus a sexy suggestion of floral white fruit. Like liquid silk on entry, then concentrated and lush in the middle, with red plum, tobacco and mineral flavors given definition by lovely harmonious acidity. Utterly seamless wine with suave tannins. Voluminous and intense but not a powerhouse. Finishing flavors mount slowly and stain the palate without leaving any impression of weight. Conveys a beautiful impression of site and vintage. The most complete young Smith Haut Laffite I've yet tasted at this early stage; perhaps my score will ultimately prove to be conservative. (ST) 94+" (07/2012)

94 points Vinous: "The 2009 Smith Haut-Lafitte has a very perfumed, quite floral bouquet with violets permeating the black and red fruit, hints of game and leather developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. Touches of brown spice filter through the red fruit and towards a fleshy and lightly peppered finish. This is a classy Pessac-Léognan from the Cathiard's...though, the 2016 is better! Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 2009 Bordeaux tasting. (NM)" (03/2019)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Very dense and firm, this has powerful tannins as well as a blackberry jam flavor. The wine is complex, full of both dark tannins and the richest fruits, layered with notes of herb, spice and a concentrated structure. (RV)" (09/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Magnum. Blackish crimson. Mild scent in great balance. Sweet start with very opulent palate entry. Maybe just a little more worked than usual? Not super-concentrated but lots of fun with mild, ripe fruit and a lovely sweet undertow. The finish is not that rich or long but the whole is lots and lots of fun and flattery. Spicy edge. Very opulent without being heavy or sweet. (JR) 18/20" (03/2015)

K&L Notes: Smith Haut Lafitte Grand Cru Classé is planted to 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot on the gravelly soils of Pessac-Leognon, in the Graves region. With a vineyard history going back to the 14th century, the property is now owned and run by Daniel and Florence Cathiard, who have lavished attention and brought it to a wonderful state--so good in fact that the Wine Advocate rewarded this wonderful vintage with a perfect score.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 26, 2012

Ripe and earthy, sweet and natural.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 26, 2012

** Sweet aromas of toasty oak, coffee, chocolate, cedar and red fruits. Good length and mouthfeel. Sexy and silky. Its high alcohol is hidden by its tremendous fruit. At UGC: Earthy aromas and flavors. Great depth. Smooth on the palate.

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2009 Sociando-Mallet "Cuvée Jean Gautreau" Haut-Médoc ($69.99)

93 points Vinous: "The 2009 Cuvée Jean Gautreau is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot picked between September 18 and October 5. The bouquet is not dissimilar to the 2005, offering well-defined blackberry, raspberry preserve and cranberry fruit, followed by incense and sandalwood. The new oak is neatly subsumed. The palate is lively and energetic on the entry, then quite spicy and saline, displaying supple but firm tannin and hints of dark chocolate toward the finish, which fans out confidently. Superb. Tasted at the vertical tasting at Sociando-Mallet. Drink 2021-2035. (NM)" (03/2019)

K&L Notes: This is the top cuvée of Sociando-Mallet and it is only made in certain years. It is made in honor of the the winemaker Jean Gautreau and this wine celebrates 30 years of his involvement with Sociando-Mallet. Fabulous wine that still needs another 20 years in the cellar. Sadly, we just learned that Jean Gautreau passed away in November 2019, after over 30 years at Sociando.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 24, 2019

This is a seductive, vibrant and delicious bottle from a top vintage, that is ready-to-drink for a great price. Sociando is one of my favorite properties in any vintage, but that name Jean Gautreau has a Pavlovian effect on me...It is only made in the best vintages, from the best juice and showcases the elegance and power that the winemaker is known for. Plum, blueberries, licorice and herbs with generous, well integrated oak and a seemingly endless finish.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 19, 2019

There are some dark, meaty notes to this big, hearty wine which possesses plenty of ripe, sweet fruit and a deep, chewy texture. There is a beefy element that may remind some of the Northern Rhone but the 2009 weather gave this all the warm, roasted fruit you would expect from this great vintage. This is a big and approachable bottle to pair with substantial fare.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 15, 2019

Fabulous wine. This special cuvee is only made in the greatest of years--and 2009 is one of those years. A small batch made to honor Jean Gautreau's 25th year of making this great value. Product. Sociando was the first Bordeaux I ever visited in April 1985-drinking the 1984. This is a powerhouse cuvee with the richmess of the vintage and the power of small selection. A must for the cellar.

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2009 Valentons-Canteloup "Cuvée Excentrique" Bordeaux Supérieur - 6 available ($14.99)

Chateau Valentons-Canteloup Bordeaux Superieur is a family-owned property that sits just along the Dordogne river in Bordeaux. It is owned by the Meynard family and Jacques Meynard makes all the wine on the property from white to rosé to red. Jacques also makes a wine under the label of Chateau Valentons-Canteloup that he calls "Cuvée Excentrique", and it is truly eccentric for a Bordeaux Superieur, made from Petit Verdot (70%) and Merlot (30%).

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 03, 2019

Cuvée Excentrique offers Bordeaux lovers the unique Petit Verdot experience, with a blend of 70% Petit Verdot and 30% Merlot. It has rich flavors of blackberries, plums and gravelly minerals with violet and lilac aromas, great acidity and a classic, easy-drinking Bordeaux style. Add 10 years of age and you have one of the best deals in red wine in the store.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 08, 2017

Here is an unusual blend of 70% Petit Verdot and 30% Merlot that is a delicious wine in its own right. The middle of baked cherry compote eases into a fine lingering finish of great restraint. This is smooth, plush and ready for tonight.

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2009 Verdignan, Haut-Médoc ($23.99)

92 points James Suckling: "Classy red here with currants, blueberries and mahogany aromas. Full body, chewy tannins and a long finish. Intense and powerful." (07/2014)

Wine Spectator: "Taut and racy, with a delicious beam of linzer torte, dried black currant and roasted fig flavors, all laced with tobacco leaf and espresso notes. The solid, racy finish shows nice length and cut. (JM, Web Only-2012)"

K&L Notes: Situated near Pauillac, these vineyards are planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and 5% Cab Franc. On the stone lintel of the door's oldest vat of Verdignan there is engraved a date: 1720! The 2009 is a great bargain from Bordeaux. Great year, and this wine just tastes very good, certainly the best vintage ever produced by this property. It is balanced with silky tannins that are complemented by great acidity and red berry fruit.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 24, 2018

Located close to Saint-Estèphe, and possessing, what I like to call that je ne sais quois, I found on the wines of this area. Some spiciness, woodsyness, and a touch of the exotic! The wine showed well, and I would start drinking it from now on, and keep some in the cellar

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 24, 2018

This is a firm and chewy wine that proudly shows off the caressing warmth of the flawless 2009 growing season. Dark plums, baked blackberry and warm cobbler flavors are roasted into the dark, brooding but delicious middle and almost hide the strong, ripe tannins on the powerful finish.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 24, 2017

This baby will cellar well til the '30s. The ripe,forward fruit of the 2009 vintage mixes well with the hardness of the wines from Verdignan. Plenty of sweet blackberry aromas and flavors. Situated near Pauillac, these vineyards are planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and 5% Cab Franc. On the stone lintel of the door's oldest vat of Verdignan there is ingraved a date: 1720! The 2009 is a great bargain from Bordeaux.