2009 Moulin Haut Laroque, Fronsac (Previously $30)
A broad red, with dark, smoldering tobacco and charcoal notes that feature prominently, along with crushed fig and black cherry fruit backed by a lacing of olive on the finish. Offers range and drive. Best from 2013 through 2023.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A brilliant wine from this consistently excellent estate, Moulin-Haut-Laroque's 2009 has a dense ruby/purple color (no surprise there), loads of minerality (chalk dust and wet rocks), superb black raspberry and black currant fruit, a hint of spring flowers and full-bodied, wonderful texture and length. Given its structure, it might benefit from several years of cellaring, but this wine can keep for 12-15 or more years where well-cellared.