2009 Haut-Maurac, Médoc

SKU #1087140 90 points Wine Spectator

 Polished and focused, with currant and mocha flavors mingling over firm, well-integrated tannins in this sleek, firm red. Anise, mineral and espresso notes add interest. The herb-scented finish is fresh and clean.  (3/2012)

K&L Notes

A biodynamically-farmed estate with gravelly soils just outside the village of Saint Yzans de Médoc, it's hard to believe that this is just cru bourgeois. It's dense and earthy with hearty, ripe red fruits. We loved it when we tasted it in 2010--we thought it to be a fine value with plenty of fruit and body and balance. A new property for K&L; it should be a fine one to watch in future. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Co-owner and Bordeaux buyer)

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/26/2012 | Send Email
The 2009 vintage, a year that favored the development of Cabernet Sauvignon, was superb in the Médoc. Because of this there are many excellent value Cru Bourgeois wines from the region, as well as from Saint Estèphe just to the south. At $19.99, the 2009 Haut-Maurac is typical of these. The wine exhibits generous, dark fruit with notes of black licorice and spice. Structured and foursquare in style, its tannins are very fine but still firm. Drink over the next five to ten years. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot.

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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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