2009 La Fleur Calon, Montagne St-Emilion

SKU #1067016

Located in Libourne on the right bank of the Dordogne, Montagne Saint-Émilion is one of the Bordeaux satellites known for great values. The wines here are predominantly Merlot, with the balance Cabernet Franc and some Cabernet Sauvignon. Occasionally some Malbec (or Côt) or Carmenère may be used. From the exceptional 2009 vintage, this food-friendly red shows plump blue and red fruit aromas and flavors, with hints of tobacco and ripe, chocolatey tannin. Enjoy with roasted or grilled beef dishes.

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By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/31/2013  | Send Email
This well-priced Right Bank offering was the standout wine at a recent staff Bordeaux tasting. It just goes to show how good a vintage 2009 is for wines in the $10 to $20 range. Loads of rich fruit, ripe cherry and plum. Lively and fresh in character with fine tannins. Drink or hold.

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/30/2013  | Send Email
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Medium deep ruby in color, the nose shows lush plumy to blueberry notes with just a hint of wet stone minerality. With its soft, round, integrated entry, this Gem, which is mostly Merlot, offers up immediate drinkability and completeness, with a long, warm finish. Dusty has informed me that this Gem will be one of our house reds for the month. 14.0% ABV
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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:

Saint Emilion