2009 Haut-Musset, Lalande-de-Pomerol

SKU #1095886

The 35-year-old Jérôme Aguirre, owner of this small estate in Lalande-de-Pomerol, cut his teeth as a winemaker at well known Bordeaux estates: Château Reignac, Château Le Gay and Château La Violette. (These days he also makes the wine at Haut-Brisson in addition to this.) A modern style vinified in cement vats before transferring to barrel for 12-18 months. Its hedonistic aromas of chocolate and blackberries are balanced by mineral and creosote, which carry over to a palate with herb and spice characteristics that add depth and complexity. A fantastic value from an exceptional vintage and from a site that's just a hop, skip and a jump from Pomerol proper.

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Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2012 | Send Email
Everytime I turned around the 4 cases I just got of this wine would be gone. i couldn't figure it out until I opened it for the staff. This is a heady beast of dark plum, plum pudding, chocolate and spice with just a touch of an earthy dirt on the finish. Lovely!

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/9/2012 | Send Email
A somewhat flamboyant, yet still clean and supple, style of wine from an appellation known for bargains. This is super sweet on the attack, with ripe cherries, spiced berries and chocolate flavors gushing forth and an interesting note of chimney ash adding complexity on the finish. It has the richness and warmth for early consumption.

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