2009 La Gomerie, St-Emilion

SKU #1087301 93 points 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.  (7/ 2012)

91 points 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.  (2/ 2012)

89 points Wine Spectator

 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)

K&L Notes

* Solid wine. Great structure. Blackberries abound.

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/6/2012  | Send Email
* Solid wine. Great structure. Blackberries abound.

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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.
Country:

France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion