2009 Marquis de Terme, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1056635 88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Inky purple. Perfumed nose combines kirsch, licorice and violet with a pungent dusty minerality. Firm yet silky on entry, with densely packed red plum, blueberry, cedar and graphite flavors. The tannins saturate the entire mouth without coming off as hard or dry. The rising finish shows more cedar along with a hint of shoe polish. One of my four samples was strangely underripe/overripe, and another lighter but very elegant.  (6/ 2010)

88-90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel sample. New World in style, almost too opulent and ripe, with the wood a distraction. This is for lovers of extreme juiciness.  (8/ 2010)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A bright, ripe style, with very fresh crushed plum, raspberry and blackberry fruit wrapped in silky tannins and laced with hints of anise and black tea. The rounded finish has modest grip for mid-term cellaring. Drink now through 2020.  (3/ 2012)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A ripe, woodsy wine with plenty of forest floor, black currant, cherry and dusty, loamy soil notes, this wine is showing quite well, with medium to full-bodied, silky tannins and a long finish. It should certainly last for 20+ years.  (2/ 2012)

K&L Notes

*+V At UGC: Their best in a long time, perhaps ever? Super-ripe and sexy, with tons of everything, and a silky finish. Not shy. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/5/2012  | Send Email
*+V At UGC: Their best in a long time, perhaps ever? Super-ripe and sexy, with tons of everything, and a silky finish. Not shy.

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Margaux

- 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.