2009 Le Carré, St-Emilion
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Achieving nearly 15% natural alcohol (one of the highest of the Jonathan Maltus St. Emilion estates) , this blend of approximately 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc is from vineyards that sit on limestone soils near Clos Fourtet, an area that performed brilliantly in 2009. Inky purple, with notes of graphite, vanillin, blackberry and cassis as well as crushed rock and floral notes, the wine has breathtaking extravagance and a luxuriant fruit quality that simply has to be tasted to be believed. Phenomenally rich, full-bodied, and brilliantly poised and well-balanced, this is a tour de force in winemaking and a colossal Le Carre, the finest Jonathan Maltus has yet produced. (RP)
Blueberries and plums, with hints of sweet tobacco and orange peel follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a lightly toasted oak undertone and ripe fruit. Excellent wine from the same owners as Le Dome. Try after 2016.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full medium ruby. High-pitched aromas of blackberry, graphite, mocha, crushed stone and sexy smoky oak, all lifted by a violet perfume. Densely packed and very fine-grained, with lovely limestone energy lifting the dark fruit, graphite and licorice flavors. Tactile, intense, mineral-driven wine with a suavely tannic finish featuring excellent lift and some exotic oak tones.
This is densely layered, displaying a creamy edge that makes the plum sauce, roasted fig and blackberry paste flavors seem accessible now, but the dense bittersweet cocoa and blueberry reduction notes add grip on the finish, and will require cellaring to meld fully.
Low yields give a very concentrated wine, with the darkest tannins and black fruits. It’s a powerhouse of ripeness, spiced with wood and layered with acidity. As it ages, it will show a rich roundness, the tannins integrating into the open texture.