2009 Les Grands Chenes, Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1057620 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of the cru bourgeois estates in the empire of Bernard Magrez, this may possibly be the best wine Les Grands Chenes has yet made. From old vines (average age 45) in the very northern part of the Medoc, the final blend of 51% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc hit 14% natural alcohol. The wine displays loads of espresso roast, black chocolate, creme de cassis, forest floor and tobacco leaf in a full-bodied, opulent, and flamboyant style. Dense, rich and deep in fruit, it exhibits the plush, silky tannins that are a signature of Michel Rolland, the overall consultant for all of the Magrez estates. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.  (2/ 2012)

87-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (58% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon and 2% cabernet franc) Deep ruby-red. Fresh, captivating aromas of black fruits, minerals, black pepper and oak. Dense, sweet and generous, yet this maintains a restrained quality and an elegant mouth feel to its chewy red and black fruit flavors lifted by welcome minerality. Boasts a firm tannic spine and lively acidity but avoids coming off as hard. The sweet, savory, persistent finish features youthfully chewy but civilized tannins that do not brutalize the palate. I found this more refined and less massive than a number of other 2009s from the stable of Bernard Magrez.  (6/ 2010)

89 points Wine Spectator

 Black cherry, espresso, sanguine and anise flavors mingle in this chewy red. It has a dark, brooding character enlivened by fresh acidity. Assertive tannins take over on the finish. Best from 2013 through 2020. (Web-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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