2009 de Chantegrive Rouge, Graves

SKU #1112422 92 points James Suckling

 A solid red with ripe plum, cherry and vanilla character. Full and savory with round and ripe tannins and a long, intense finish. Approachable, but better in 2015.  (7/2012)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel sample. Bright herbaceous fruit, lots of freshness, lively citrus character. The wine is light, vivid, finally deliciously crisp. (RV)  (8/2010)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A major sleeper of the vintage, this blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is another 'best ever' performance. Notes of tobacco leaf, hot rocks, sweet kirsch and black currants are impressively displayed in this medium to full-bodied, velvety textured, very seductive style of wine. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)  (2/2012)

Wine Spectator

 Solid spice, tobacco and mulled fig notes are laced with iron and singed cedar hints... (Web Only-2012) (JM)

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2016 | Send Email
Here is an easy to drink wine of great character with all the rounded warmth you expect for the 2009 vintage. Aromas of scorched earth, tar and roasted fruit lead to a smooth body of dark plums and ripe currants. This has gentle mineral and fine, ripe tannins on the supple finish. Always a delicious bargain.

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2016 | Send Email
Chantegrive reminds me why I love well made Graves so much. This outstanding 2009 value Bordeaux opens with classic notes of black fruit, cassis, graphite, minerals and a hint of dried tobacco. It's medium-to-full-bodied with substantial ripe tannins that are buried under layers of ripe, dense black fruit. Whether you put a steak on the grill and open this on a late summer evening or save it for the winter months, this $20 gem is sure to please.

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2016 | Send Email
Very attractive nose of crushed stones and a bit of wet earth followed by delicate cassis, blackberries, and some tobacco. The ripe fruit on the palate along with its cocoa powder notes and black olives are surrounded by its acidity, and present but ripe tannins, keeping all in check. A beautiful wine, certainly to have by the case.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/11/2016 | Send Email
This delightful value red has graced our shelves for the past five years. We have sold over 3600 bottles. Some mineral notes on the nose. The wine is soft and forward on the palate with a touch of toasty oak. Round tannins and lingering finish. All this for under $20.
Drink from 2015 to 2020

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5