2009 La Tour Carnet, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This dense purple wine displays notes of charcoal, subtle toast and white chocolate as well as blueberry and blackberry liqueur intermixed with hints of graphite and licorice. Dense, full-bodied, unctuously textured, and quite long and thick, this concentrated, impressively endowed wine is silky-textured and already accessible. However, I suspect its best days are at least 5-7 years ahead of it. It should keep for a minimum of two decades.
Firmly dry wine, solid with many firm, wood-derived tannins. It gives bitter coffee and cranberry juice flavors, but also manages to retain freshness.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(a blend of 62% merlot, 33% cabernet sauvignon, 3% petit verdot and 2% cabernet franc): Saturated, bright red-ruby. Lively aromas of cassis, blackberry, licorice and mint. Moderately sweet and vinous, with ripe, well-integrated acidity and graphite minerality giving lift to the very rich flavors of dark berries, chocolate and sexy oak. This dense, concentrated wine really calls for five years of cellaring and is built for a graceful evolution in bottle. Looks to be the top vintage yet for this Bernard Magrez wine.
Plump and ripe, with a warm edge to the steeped plum, cherry and currant fruit which mingles gently with lightly toasted vanilla and tobacco on the finish. Supple, approachable style. Drink now through 2017.
˝* Woody on nose, with raspberry and sandalwood flavors. Fine middle. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.