2009 La Gomerie, St-Emilion
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright red-ruby. Inviting aromas of blackcurrant, mocha, cocoa powder, licorice, mint and flowers. Concentrated, fine-grained and vibrant, with highly perfumed flavors of dark berries, cocoa powder, mocha and potpourri spices. Finishes smooth and very long, with nicely integrated tannins. A lovely vintage for this all-merlot bottling.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This wine now exhibits the evolved, full-bodied, opulent style for which this 100% Merlot cuvee is renowned. Abundant mocha, cranberry liqueur, kirsch, licorice and subtle espresso roast and smoke (from new barriques) characteristics are found in this attractive St.-Emilion. Some of the concerns I had early on were not evident in the bottle, although I do not believe the 2009 is as flashy and concentrated as La Gomerie’s greatest efforts can be. Drink the 2009 over the next 15+ years. This is one of the St.-Emilion estates that was devastated by hail damage in mid-May. Although the hail storm occurred too early to undermine the quality of the vintage, it did reduce yields to absurdly low levels. The result is an outstanding 2009 that has lost some of the tannic bite it revealed from barrel.
Polished and supple, this red offers cocoa, black cherry, toast and tobacco flavors. A bit loose on the palate, but generous and fresh. Drink now through 2018. (Web-2012)
* Solid wine. Great structure. Blackberries abound.