2008 Plaisance "Cuvée Alix" Bordeaux Supérieur

SKU #1075152 88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The best wine I have ever tasted from this estate run by Philippe Magrez, the son of Bernard Magrez, the 2008 Plaisance Cuvee Alix is a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc cropped at very low yields. This sleeper of the vintage exhibits charming, lush black cherry and black currant fruit intertwined with hints of smoke and tobacco leaf. Spicy, medium to full-bodied, sexy, and round, it is ideal for drinking over the next 5-7 years. It should also sell for a very realistic price.  (4/2009)

K&L Notes

This wine has evolved magnificently. Rich and round-full of spice and toasty oak. Great value.

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Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2011 | Send Email
This Merlot driven blend is a good example of an approachable Bordeaux from what is proving to be a pretty tough 08 vintage. Plenty of flesh, rasberry, cherry, but also some spice and herbal notes that mark this as unmistakenly Bordeaux.

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2011 | Send Email
We've carried this wine before - it's back now - and it is still showing very well. An outstanding value and the most purchased wine of our recent LA Bordeaux tasting. On the nose there is spice with a slight earthy aromatic. The palate shows more earthiness, plus currant, raspberry, tobacco and roasted herbs, which continue on through the long finish. A very nice wine and a terrific value.

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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 M├ędoc 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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