2009 Clos les Lunelles, Côtes de Castillon (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1057488 93 points 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.  (2/ 2012)

88-91 points 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.  (6/ 2010)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (4/ 2012)

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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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