2009 La Garde, Pessac-Léognan
Barrel sample. Spicy wood, ginger and nutmeg, balancing with solid textured black fruits. The wine is rich, a powerhouse of sweet tannins, finishing freshly with black currant juice.
Blueberry, mineral and dried flower aromas follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a juicy, slightly austere finish. Structured and dense. Very well done. Better in 2018.
Silky yet solid, this focused red delivers plenty of black cherry, currant, tobacco and spice flavors, with a firm texture, well-integrated tannins and lively acidity. The long finish carries toast, mineral and floral notes. Best from 2013 through 2023.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Sexy black cherries, unsmoked cigar tobacco, hot rocks and roasted herbs all characterize this soft, lush, very fruity and enticing wine, which is mid-weight and ideal for drinking over the next 6-8 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full medium red. Slightly high-toned aromas of blackberry, black cherry, hot rocks, licorice and herbs. Juicy and moderately intense, with good energy to the dark fruit and spice flavors, which carry nicely on the fresh aftertaste. Tannins are quite suave. For drinking over the next ten years.