2009 Lamothe Bergeron, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1056624 89 points Wine Spectator

 Focused, with solid bitter cherry, plum and cassis notes framed by judicious toast. Lingering tobacco and iron notes keep this nicely grounded. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2013 through 2018.  (3/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Loads of berry fruit intermixed with some roasted herbs, spice box and licorice can be found in this excellent Haut-Medoc, which has medium body, lots of fragrance and very pure flavors. Drink it over the next 5-7 years. (A member of the Association of Crus Bourgeois du Medoc.)  (2/2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (a 50/50 blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon) Dark ruby-red. Enticing nose hints at sweet blackberry, cedar and flinty minerals. Balanced and fine-grained, with flavors of ripe plum and raspberry syrup and cassis complicated by a flinty nuance. Finishes with satisfying length and a touch of warmth.  (6/2010)

K&L Notes

*½V 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot. Hubert de Boüard is consulting here now, and it shows. Clyde loves this wine. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/7/2012 | Send Email
*½V Smoky, toasty aromas and flavors. A semi-new wave wine for this old school property. Lush mid-palate and toasty finish. Superb value.
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