2009 Soleil, Puisseguin St-Emilion

SKU #1056698 90 points Wine Spectator

 This isn't shy about its toast, with espresso and licorice snap notes leading the way, but there's vibrant acidity driving the sweet plum and fig fruit along, with a good mineral twinge on the finish. Drink now.  (3/ 2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Soleil, from the backwater satellite appellation of Puisseguin St. Emilion, has turned out a soft, round, consumer-friendly 2009 with lots of strawberry and black cherry fruit as well as hints of underbrush and cedar. It is a sexy, full-throttle, silky smooth wine to drink over the next 3-4 years. The final blend was 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the consultant here is Stefan von Neipperg.  (2/ 2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (80% merlot with 10% each cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc): Good full ruby-red. Black cherry, minerals and tobacco on the nose, plus a whiff of tobacco. Lush and sweet but also energetic, with an intriguing element of saline minerality giving lift to the middle palate. Expressive already: the sweet tannins and integrated acidity will not get in the way of enjoying this persistent wine right now. Showed a touch of finishing greenness with air but displays good lift.  (7/ 2012)

Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel sample. Finely structured wine, plenty of black fruits behind the acidity. Plums, figs and bitter chocolate.  (8/ 2010)

K&L Notes

*V 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc. Clyde loves this. Toasty, meaty aromas. A delicious, fruit-forward bargain.

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/13/2012  | Send Email
This wine is decidedly modern but in a good way more hedonistic than harlot. There is a ton of wine here for only $22..... the nose is filled with wood spice, coffee and dark heady black fruit. The rich black fruit dominates the palate with a soft luxurious mid-palate finishing with some astringency. Rich and silky!

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/24/2012  | Send Email
Tasted in August of 2012 from bottle. Blackish color. Tons of ripe blackberry aromas mixed with toasty vanilla oak. Superb structure and a lingering finish.

By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/29/2012  | Send Email
Rich Merlot-dominated character, with tobacco notes and black fruit character. Congratulations to Stefan Von Neipperg, who also makes Canon la Gaffeliere and d'Aiguilhe, among others. This is a house with one foot firmly in the past, tied to tradition, and one in the future, trying always to improve its viticulture and wine-making. A terrific value.

 By: Elaine Travels |  Review Date: 12/11/2012 
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Nearly perfect now, with beautiful nose and structure that finishes smoothly. It can only improve with time as the bouquet becomes more complex.

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion