2009 l'Aura de Cambon, Margaux

SKU #1116513 91 points James Suckling

 Aromas of sweet plums and flowers, follow through to a full body, with soft and silky tannins and a milk chocolate aftertaste. Tangy and delicious. Best after 2016.  (5/2013)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Consultant Claude Gros has turned out a gorgeous wine made from a blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Sweet cassis, kirsch, licorice and spring flowers jump from the glass of this opaque ruby/purple wine. Dense fruit, loads of glycerin, striking purity and palate penetration are all beautifully presented in this impressive wine, which remains under the radar for most consumers. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. (RP)  (2/2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (a 50/50 mix of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot): Bright, deep ruby-red. Lovely lift to the aromas of currant, flowers and smoked meat. The palate boasts the silky texture of a much more expensive wine, with its chocolatey ripeness leavened by minerals and flowers. Shows a restrained sweetness and very good definition. Good firm wine, with ripe, building tannins. (ST)  (7/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A broad, frankly toasty style, with cocoa and coffee notes leading the way for polished and nicely integrated currant and fig fruit flavors. Cocoa powder hangs on the finish. Shows more breadth now, but the depth is there.  (3/2012)

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Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2013 | Send Email
This modern Bordeaux from Cambon la Pelouse is also a 50/50 blend of Cabernet and Merlot. The small 1.25 acre property sits next to Château Margaux and Brane-Cantenac. This is a juicy wine with lots of black raspberry and wood spice on the nose. The palate is juicy, with black fruit and oak spice and a long, fruit-filled finish. California drinkers this is your wine.

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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 Médoc 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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- Margaux is the southern most of all of the appellations of the Haut Medoc. Located near St. Julien, it has more cru classe producers than the other four villages of the area. In addition to the legendary Chateau Margaux, there are five second-growths: Rauzan Gassies, Rauzan Seglas, Dufort-Vivens, Lascombes, and Brane Cantenac. While more people are probably familiar with the third growth Chateau Palmer, there are nine other wineries with the same ranking in addition to a trio of fourth growths and a pair of fifth growths. Because Margaux is comprised of five communes… Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Labardes and Arsac, the wines styles are diverse throughout the region with the more masculine tannic wines coming from the Cantenac side of the appellation. Because of a high percentage of Merlot planted in the region, many wines from Margaux are more round, feminine, and exotic that the other appellations of the Haut Medoc.