2009 Clos les Lunelles, Côtes de Castillon (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is a gorgeous effort, made from a blend of 80% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Cropped at 22 hectoliters per hectare from their clay over limestone soils, the wine displays oodles of new oak, crushed chalk, and blueberry and blackberry fruit with hints of raspberries and pen ink. It is full-bodied and layered, with a fleshy, even succulent mid-palate and a long, long finish. This is terrific Castillon to drink over the next 10-15+ years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep, almost opaque purple-ruby. Ripe aromas of red cherry, raspberry syrup, dark chocolate and iron. Juicy, spicy and penetrating on entry, then lush and rather exotic in the mid-palate, with a liqueur-like quality to the flavors of black fruit, spices, mocha, minerals and flowers. Finishes opulent and long, with just a trace of heat. From vines grown on the highest point of the Cotes de Castillon appellation, a little-known but very high-quality terroir that has much in common with Saint-Emilion's famous limestone plateau. For me, this is the most promising Les Lunelles to date.
Shows the ripe, fleshy, polished profile of the vintage, with moutfilling plum, blackberry paste and fig fruit flavors caressed by subtle cocoa and tobacco shadings on the finish. A crowd-pleaser. Drink now through 2017.
Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.