2009 Lestruelle, Médoc

SKU #1087583 90 points Wine Spectator

 Nicely toasty, with vanilla and espresso notes up front, but the core of raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit rushes in behind it, with a long, licorice-filled finish. Should settle in nicely. Stéphane Derenoncourt consulting here. Best from 2012 through 2017.  (3/2012)

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You heard it from K&L's own Clyde Beffa, Jr. (see below): "Buy cases of this." For $15 less a penny, here's an ultra-value, everyday Bordeaux that's got real, up-front fruit flavors.

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By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/3/2012 | Send Email
This was the “value” favorite of the tasting and for good reason. The nose displays lots of oak spice and black fruit, while the palate is filled with tons of blackberry and spice, with enough structure to keep the wine from feeling flabby. The long finish is dominated by heady black fruit, and there is plenty of structure here for at least five years of aging.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/9/2012 | Send Email
Sweet blackberry fruit aromas and lots of spice on the palate. Very spicy blackberry flavors. The fruit overshadows the fine tannins here. Lush mouthfeel. A superb value. Buy cases of this.

By: Paul Burt | Review Date: 3/4/2013
Bright. On the nose, on the palate and in the glass. A shimmering inky juice in the glass. Great nose - effusive dark berry fruits - blackberry, boysenberry - with chocolate, earthy notes and spice lead on the nose. The mid-palate is great with layered mocha, anise really hitting the right notes with the fruit. The tannins are pulling the fruit, but are not dominant, to the well balanced acidic aftertaste. This should cellar well for 2-4 yrs and drink well for 5-6. Drink or hold, decant for now - Paul
Drink from 2013 to 2018

By: Chris Bottarini | Review Date: 2/9/2013
A solid ruby red in the glass. Interestingly when I first opened this the bright red fruit & striking acidity was so akin to a Grenache based Rhone I had to do a double take. Now that the wine has had air & food - triscuits topped with mild cheddar & Gouda stuffed chicken sausage - things are back to what I'd expect from a young Bordeaux. Loads of currant, blackberry & toasty oak waft from the nose. There is a streak of vanilla but the bright acid still comes through. Nicely juicy on the attack with loads of fruit. Definitely drinkable now with food to tame the acid. Although I enjoy this I would have to say I'm spoiled knowing that for $5 more I can pick up roughly a dozen '00-'03 that are perfectly aged right now! This would be one to follow after a few years slumber in a well kept cellar.

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