2009 Rol Valentin, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
A fleshy, inviting style, with lots of crushed fig and steeped blackberry fruit woven with warmed cocoa and pain d'épices, all backed by a distinctly racy graphite note. Stays fleshy through the finish without being heavy. Best from 2013 through 2028.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby-red. Clean, vibrant aromas of violet, cassis, coffee and licorice. Impressively dense and supple, with ripe, seamless flavors of dark fruits, chocolate and coffee. Conveys noteworthy volume without coming across as overripe on the fresh, long finish.
Rich and smooth, a former garage wine turned respectable. It is powerful but very smooth, with sweet damsons and juicy berry fruit. The wood is well integrated.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Showing far better than it did from barrel, but still not one of the great efforts from this estate, this ripe, richly fruity wine has plenty of black cherry, black currant and cedary notes intermixed with some tobacco leaf and subtle background barrique smells. The wine is medium-bodied, possesses excellent concentration, and has lost the overt herbaceousness it exhibited from barrel. Drink it over the next decade.