2009 Brown Rouge, Pessac-Léognan (Previously $35.00)
A deeply rich-colored and flavored wine, smooth and showing the great ripeness of the vintage. Acidity and firm tannins offer structure to what is a spicy, fruity wine, dominated by fresh black plum and prune flavors.
Very tight, delivering espresso, iron and kirsch notes wound up at the core, covered for now with bay leaf, tar and roasted mesquite flavors. The long finish has nicely buried racy acidity. This is more lean muscle than overt power, and should age nicely. Best from 2013 through 2021.
Oddly aromatic! Perhaps just a tiny tad overripe but relaxed and easy and really quite opulent. Take it easy sort of wine. Nice drink. Fragrant sort of Cabernet Franc type of nose. Reasonably gentle texture. A little heat on the finish but generally well judged.