2009 Haut-Vigneau, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1082474 89 points Wine Spectator

 Quite open, with singed tobacco leaf, bay and alder notes leading the way for mulled plum and red currant fruit. A tangy espresso accent checks in on the finish. Drink now through 2017.  (3/2012)

K&L Notes

Owned by Eric Perrin (son of Anthony Perrin of Carbonnieux fame), this property in Martillac has been renovated completely in the 1980s. Some people say it is the second wine of Carbonnieux, but there is actually a separate property and château. The winemaking crew at Carbonnieux helps with the vinification at Haut Vigneau - perhaps a little Carbonnieux juice makes its way into this beauty? Production is 8,000 cases. The 2009 is delicious: Sweet and sexy with tons of mineral underneath. Lush wine with lingering finish. Fruit forward.

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/15/2012 | Send Email
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We have been directly importing this Gem for well over the last ten-plus years, and this production is a pure example as to why you should focus your purchases with this great vintage on the minor chateaux for near-term enjoyment and consumption. Deeply colored, the nose is loaded with opulent aromas of cassis and blackberry fruit, with undertones of gravel-like mineral notes. Broad, expansive, lush flavors dance across your immediate palate, with distinctive, complex, layered flavors leading to a long, warm finish. This is a wonderful Gem of a wine, according to Rusty, with a core of sweet, pronounced fruit, supported by an amazing structure. This will be one of our house Gems for the month, according to Rusty. 13.5% ABV (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2012 to 2022

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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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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.