2009 Montviel, Pomerol (Previously $40)
Rich and chocolaty, with berry character on the nose as well. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins. There's plenty of Pomerol character.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The finest Montviel yet made, proprietor Catherine Pere-Verge has done so much to resurrect such top Pomerol estates as Le Gay and more recently, La Violette. The 2009 Montviel possesses a deep ruby/purple hue in addition to good texture and richness, and a lot more personality than any Montviel I have tasted previously. A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc made from yields of 28 hectoliters per hectare, it should drink well for 10-15 years.
Ripe and sweet, plush fruit, balanced sufficiently with acidity and some firm tannic character. The wine is chunky, but there is balance.
Broad and relatively savoury nose. Luscious start with quite a bit of freshness. Still very dry on the end. Potential. Not that rich. Drink 2016-2026.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red with purple highlights. Deep, perfumed nose showcases cassis, violet and minerals. Starts sweet and supple, with black fruit and mineral flavors, then turns a little strict on the back half, in need of a bit more flesh. Finishes clean and minerally if austere, with slightly astringent tannins. I'd forget this in the cellar for at least a few years.
*+V 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. A spicy wine that's quite focused and linear. It could be a value.