2009 La Pointe, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1056703 93 points James Suckling

 The milk chocolate and dark fruits on the nose follow through to a full body, with layered tannin and a bright acidity. Tight and structured.  (2/ 2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Rather dark and reticent, with bittersweet cocoa and licorice snap notes blocking off the core of ripe plum and boysenberry fruit, while the tarry undertow emerges more on the finish. A powerfully rendered 2009 Pomerol that will need cellaring to assimilate. Best from 2014 through 2027.  (3/ 2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This 2009 is the finest La Pointe ever! We can thank the new owners, who had the foresight to hire Hubert de Bouard as their consultant. This blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc from the relatively sandy soils of this vineyard, situated well-off the tenderloin plateau of Pomerol, has a dense purple color and oodles of plum sauce interwoven with blueberry, raspberry and black cherry notes. Full-bodied, opulent, fleshy and very sexy, it should be drunk over the next decade.  (2/ 2012)

87-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (an 85/15 blend of merlot and cabernet franc) Deep purple-tinged red. Reticent but deep aromas of floral red berries and cherry show an almost fruit cocktail-like quality. Slightly less intense and concentrated on the palate than the nose suggests, offering more delicate red berry, cedar and exotic spice flavors. Smooth and ripe on the long, chocolatey finish.  (6/ 2010)

K&L Notes

*++V Sweet entry and great length. Super balance. Fantastic. 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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Specific Appellation:

Pomerol