2009 Barthez, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1075836

We found this beauty while tasting at Chateau Angludet with James Sichel. Another full and lush 2009 Bordeaux at a great price. This wine, with decanting, can be enjoyed now. Try with a flank steak. (Clyde Beffa Jr, K&L Bordeaux buyer)

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By: Adam Parry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/31/2011  | Send Email
This is another Bordeaux that i am thrilled to say is drinking beautifully now and of course will get better with some time.Try this wine with a nice pot roast or grilled steak and you are certainly in for a treat.

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/12/2011  | Send Email
This is yet another early release example of what you can expect from the bargain priced 2009 Bordeaux. There are gentle and alluring aromas here of baked cherry, damp earth and cocoa dust. The middle is smooth and plush with raspberry, currant and warm fig flavors that coat the palate and linger softly. The mineral driven finish is complex, firm and long with fine, ripe tannins and an interesting hint of clay. Decant this bargain tonight.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/11/2011  | Send Email
We tried this wine in Bordeaux back in April and again last week here in the store, and I’m pleased to report that it hasn't really suffered any bottle shock. Full of bright fragrant red fruit aromas, cranberry and currant, with spice and slightly earthy flavors. There is bright acidity, which makes the fruit finish somewhat tart, and astringent tannins that suggest you should have this with dinner if you want to drink this now. It should develop in the cellar nicely, too.

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Varietal:

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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