2009 Plaisance "Cuvée Alix" Bordeaux Supérieur

SKU #1118642 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This reminded me of a really well-made, top-notch Cotes du Rhone. Why? Lots of kirsch, lavender, roasted herbs and earthy notes as well as hints of pepper and spice jump from the glass of this dark ruby/purple-tinged wine. Seductive, round and extremely attractive, it is everything a Cotes de Bordeaux should be, at a realistic price. For the statisticians, it is a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc. Drink it over the next 3-4 years. (RP)  (2/2012)

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This Bernard Magrez wine is a great value. Plenty of structure and grip on the palate. Decant one hour and it evolves nicely. Quite spicy. This bargain is the perfect party wine - Great crossover wine for California cabernet lovers. It has strength but is finely balanced. -Clyde Beffa

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/22/2015 | Send Email
Bernard Magrez owns Chateau Pape-Clement as well as a host of other luxury Properties in Bordeaux but nothing in his portfolio represents a better value than this utterly charming Bordeaux Superieur. This is surprisingly complex with a mixture of cherry and blackberry fruit, an array of herbs and spice and just a touch of earth in a warm, fruity style. This could be a cocktail wine but the touch of tannin on the finish begs for simple, hearty fare.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/12/2015 | Send Email
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Our last forty cases have arrived. It will sell out quickly. Great value - drink now!
Drink from 2015 to 2020

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/28/2014 | Send Email
Garnet color showing some development. Enticing aromatics of ripe plums, coffee, cocoa, pepper and graphite. On the palate it possess all those attributes as well, along with medium tannins and medium acidity. Soft textured wine, but the coffee, toasty notes bring it to a level that no Merlot outside Bordeaux can achieve... Drinking now, and it will be delicious with a steak or filet mignon!

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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 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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