2009 La Dauphine, Fronsac

SKU #1080551 88-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Ruby-purple. Expressive aromas of raspberry, strawberry, coffee, iron and milk chocolate. Sweet and creamy, with fresh, easygoing flavors of redcurrant, strawberry, caramel and chocolate. Finishes silky and lush, with a delicate sweet spicy note, sneaky complexity and subtle length. This should offer almost immediate drinking pleasure.  (6/2010)

89 points Wine Spectator

 This has a nice fleshy feel, with plum, anise and blackberry fruit, but it's also lively, with floral, iron and bright spice notes that chime in and hang through the finish. Drink now through 2018.  (3/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Dark crimson. Fresh and fleshy and easy for early drinking.  (4/2010)

K&L Notes

*V Old school winemaking here. This is a solid wine with a fine mid-palate. Long on the finish. These guys are making serious wines of late. Tasted in store August 21, 2012: This is a substantial wine with tons of blackberry fruit on the palate. Has some tannin evident, but fruit covers it well. Great in magnums for a birthday 10 years from now. (Clyde Beffa Jr., K&L co-owner and Bordeaux buyer)

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Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/27/2012 | Send Email
This estate has become a favorite around K&L and the 09 is one of their best yet. Bitter chocolate and ripe blackberry on the nose and palate. There is an almost creamy texture to the wine with a long finish of black fruit. Drink now over the next 5 years.

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