2009 Rollan de By, Médoc

SKU #1083332 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois 2009 tasting in London. The Rollan de By has a well-defined bouquet with meat-tinged blackberry and sage, with well-integrated oak and lots of character. The palate is medium-bodied with fine definition, very cohesive and very pure with superb delineation and poise towards the finish. This is a top quality Cru Bourgeois. Tasted September 2011. (NM)  (11/2011)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Very fleshy, this delicious red shows plum, raspberry and blackberry pâte de fruit notes backed by spice cake, anise and toasty vanilla. The finish is long and polished. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2017. (Web Only—2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Clean, sweet cassis nose with light oak spice. Very Merlot though there is a slight Cabernet leafiness. Nice chew all melded in with the fruit. Just fresh enough.  (9/2011)

K&L Notes

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot.

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Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/17/2012 | Send Email
Over the weekend the stores poured the first of the big 2009 tastings and this was a stand-out hit in Hollywood. The nose is dominated by spice but the palate is layered with ripe rich black fruits with a long finish of spice and heady blackberry.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/17/2012 | Send Email
The Rollan de By is more proof that value in Bordeaux is here for those of us who want to look. Clyde and I poured this during a Saturday tasting and it impressed nearly every one of the 60 tasters who attended, and was by far our biggest seller of the day. Now I have to figure out how much to buy for myself! This precocious '09 tastes so good right now that it will be difficult to keep my hands off of! I guess that means it is time to restack the cellar, and put this on the bottom of the pile... And buy a couple extra for the near term.
Drink from 2012 to 2022

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