2009 Meyney, St-Estèphe
Green olives, spices and currants on the nose. Full body, with velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Lovely layers of ripe tannins and ripe fruit. Best after 2018.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I clearly underrated this wine from barrel. The finest wine made at this estate since 1982, this opaque black wine is a sleeper of the vintage, with oodles of blackberry fruit interwoven with hints of charcoal, forest floor, licorice and damp earth. Deep, rich, chewy, full-bodied and opulent, this is a fabulous Meyney that, because of its low acidity and very ripe tannin, can be drunk in 3-4 years or cellared for two decades. Bravo!
55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot. Dark crimson with cherry rim. Sophisticated, somehow dusty cassis and black-cherry aroma and a definite cedary character – really rather perfumed and intense on the nose. More cedary and oaky on the palate, some char but with a vanilla sweetness too. Plenty of dark fruit and some dark chocolate, the tannins still have a firm grip but they seem softened by that vanilla note as if the flavour were softening the structure. Chewy, dense finish. Still has a way to go but you could just about broach it now with lamb or beef. Wait if you can.
On the taut side, with mulled fig and black currant fruit framed with a thick layer of roasted tobacco and allied to an austere, chalky finish. Best from 2013 through 2020.
*1/2 V Sleeper. This property is making great wines these days.