2009 d'Aurilhac, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1113992 87-89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Long-time readers know d’Aurilhac is one of my favorite under-the-radar Bordeaux in top vintages. This impressively made Medoc offers a lot of quality for its price. The 2009 reveals copious black cherry, black currant, earth, and spice notes intertwined with a hint of background oak. A luscious texture, a succulent style, and a juicy, long finish suggest it will drink well for 5-7 years.  (4/2010)

K&L Notes

From Jancis Robinson: "Blackish crimson. Harmonious, quite zesty nose. Lots of acidity but lots of ripe fruit too. Quite a delicate balance. Not one of the most convincing but, young, it should please." (04/2010)

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Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2013 | Send Email
Another great value 2009. Almost a 50/50 blend of Cabernet and Merlot with a just a bit Petit Verdot and Cab Franc. The nose is ripe with lots of cassis and plum and a touch of oak spice. The palate is lush and rich, with tons of dark fruit and spice. There is plenty of structure, though, it’s just that the tannins and acidity are taking a back seat to the rich fruit right now, which means this wine should age well.

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/4/2012 | Send Email
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Yet, another Bordeaux property that I have never seen imported to the USA with all my vast years [don’t believe some my colleagues that I go back to the turn of the last century and way beyond in regards to this aspect] of wine retail. In great vintages as `09, you purchase wines as such, knowing that they will mature near-term and that you will be able to keep your hands off of the great wines from the Classified Growths, and Grand to Premier Crus that you have in your collection for later consumption on special occasions. Deep ruby in color, this lush, ripe, opulent Gem is loaded with cassis, currants and a not-over-the-top jammy tone. Broad and viscous, this beauty offers a deep, sweet fruit core of currants and blackberries, integrated tannins, and a warm, long, fairly complex finish. Rusty was jumping up and down over this Gem, and has anointed it our house red for the next five years. A great value! 14.0% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2020

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