2009 La Tour de By, Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

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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.

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Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/4/2012 | Send Email
I have been a fan of the 2001 La Tour de By for its old-school style but the ’09 has jumped up in quality. Bright red currant and dusty cedar aromas carry through to the palate along with with riper plum and a backbone of minerality. The tannins are fine with a lifted acidity on the finish. This is a lovely, elegant 2009.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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