2009 Jean-François Merieau "Cent Visages" Touraine Côt (Malbec)

SKU #1091268 90 points Wine Spectator

 This has vivacious blackberry and loganberry fruit, with sleek acidity and nicely tangy pepper, tobacco and iron notes checking in on the finish. Not big, but shows impressive range nonetheless. Drink now through 2014.  (11/2012)

K&L Notes

Always a favorite here at K&L, this Côt comes from a single 50-year-old vineyard in Saint Julien de Chedon grown by Jean-François Merieau. Aged in neutral French oak for a year, it shows a side of Malbec that's quite different than the fruity, oaky ones from Argentina that most of us are familiar with. Incredibly concentrated and rustic, in a good way, the Cent Visages has a floral edge, with a core of currant, cherry and plum fruit.

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2012 | Send Email
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This is one of my favorite wines that we have currently available. Medium deep ruby in color, the opulent aromas of currants, dried rose petals, and purple plums are the main offering from the glass, with those qualities carrying over nicely to a complex, well-structured, well-focused mouth impression that is completely integrated and viscous. This Gem may be one of the best Malbecs available and, according to Rusty, will unquestionably be one of our house reds for however long it is around. 12.5% ABV [Jim Barr]
Drink from 2012 to 2018

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