2009 Clos Manou, Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1056620

89-91 points Robert Parker: "Attractive aromas of fruitcake, spice box, blackberries, and black cherries emerge from this blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. Well-balanced and fresh with wonderful vivacity and elegance on the palate, it should drink well for 10 years. (Tasted once.)" (04/10) 89-92 points Wine Spectator: "Wow. Beautiful nose of crushed blackberries, with coffee bean and light mint. Full-bodied, with a lovely core of ripe fruit and polished, velvety tannins. 56 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 38 percent Merlot, 4 percent Cabernet Franc and 2 percent Petit Verdot. Best ever from here." (03/10) K&L's Notes: *+ 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% (very ripe ) Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. The vineyard's northern location shines through here. Very nice richness and texture. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.

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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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France

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Bordeaux

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