2009 La Tour de By, Médoc (Pre-Arrival)
88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Glass-staining deep purple-ruby. Exotic notes of Oriental spices and cedar complicate ripe plum and blackberry jam aromas. Fresh and clean on entry, showing a peppery lift to the rich blackberry and mineral flavors. The wine's youthful tannins will require at least a couple years to resolve fully, but this is a very successful, elegantly styled wine with a persistent mineral finish." (May/June 10) 90-92 points Neal Martin on eRobertParker.com: "Tasted at Vintex. This Tour de By shows great clarity and definition on the nose with ebullient red-berried fruit, cedar and a touch of tobacco. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, very well balanced with good acidity, clean black fruit laced with a touch of cedar, leading to a well defined, classy finish. The usual, slightly under-ripe Tour de By has turned in a winner in 2009. Tasted March 2010." K&L's Notes: *+V 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. An outstanding wine from a well-situated property north of St-Estèphe, overlooking the Gironde. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.