2009 Franc Mayne, St-Emilion

SKU #1088126 93 points James Suckling

 Aromas of blueberries and blackberries, follow through to a full body, with soft and velvety tannins and a caressing textured finish. Very pretty already. Try in 2016.  (2/ 2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This gushes up front with dark fig, blueberry cobbler and steeped black currant fruit, showing just enough racy graphite cut on the back end for balance. Espresso and fig bread notes hang in the background. Best from 2013 through 2022. 1,915 cases made.  (3/ 2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Layers of ripe, cedary black currant and black cherry fruit are endearing and substantial in this opulent, medium to full-bodied wine, which displays notes of underbrush and roasted herbs that give the wine a Provencal nuance to its overall St.-Emilion personality. Already forward and drinkable, this wine should continue to drink nicely for up to 15 or more years.  (2/ 2012)

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/2/2012  | Send Email
The nose of this was tight when I first opened it, but after a couple hours it started to smell like fresh-baked blueberry muffins. There’s lots of blueberry on the palate with a touch of oak spice. The finish is lush with lots of spice. The fruit takes a few hours to open up, so please decant this if you are going to drink now.

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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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Saint Emilion