2009 Bon Pasteur, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)
Full and long, supervelvety and rich, with plum and raspberry. This is a really big Le Bon Pasteu.
A wine, with bright and intense aromas of raspberries and lemon rind. Full body, with silky tannins and an electrifying acid, fruit balance. A super classy bottle here. Best in years from here. Try in 2017.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A brilliant effort from well-known oenologists Dany and Michel Rolland, the 2009 Bon Pasteur is dominated by Merlot, with a touch of Cabernet Franc included in the blend. It reveals textbook notes of mocha, tobacco leaf, blackberries, black cherries, roasted coffee and wood smoke. Full-bodied and luscious with a succulent, beautifully textured, multidimensional mouthfeel, low acidity and sweet but noticeable tannin, it is reminiscent of the 1982 Bon Pasteur, which continued to put on weight for a decade or more. If the 2009 does the same, it will come close to equaling that legendary vintage. Drink it over the next 20+ years.
Dense, with impressive solid tannins and powerful fruit. The wine is smooth at first, then structure comes through with a final dry core.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Superripe aromas of raspberry, iron, sweet spices, tobacco and sweet oak. Lush, broad and ripe, with sumptuous red cherry and blackcurrant flavors saturating the palate without leaving any undue impression of weight. The enticing, fine-grained finish shows lovely floral lift and a light touch. I found a distinct aromatic resemblance between this wine, from a property owned by Michel and Dany Rolland, and Italy's famous Masseto, the 100%-merlot wine from Ornellaia where Rolland consults. Perhaps the best young Le Bon Pasteur of the last 20 years, and a wine that will one day rival the 1982 and 1989.