2009 Clement Pichon, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1090438 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red-ruby. Aromas of plum, roasted meat and smoky minerality, with a lightly candied quality emerging with air. Rich and sweet for this bottling, with a ripe, smooth palate feel and good definition to the dark fruit, game and floral flavors. Tannins are nicely ripe and supple. Sneaky flavor intensity and length here. This wine should give pleasure over at least the next six to eight years.  (7/ 2012)

89 points Wine Spectator

 A very high-toned style, with red currant, cherry eau de vie and damson plum fruit carried by sleek structure. Not as dense as most of its peers in the vintage, but really fresh and polished. Drink now through 2016.  (3/ 2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The home residence of the construction magnate Clement Fayat, this property sitting in the very southern end of Medoc has turned out a very attractive wine with lots of black currant, black cherry and cedary notes. It is evolved, elegant, medium to full-bodied, with a dark plum/ruby color. Savory and complex already, this wine should drink nicely for another 7-10 years.  (2/ 2012)

K&L Notes

This wine is stunning--so delicious--packed with blackberry fruit flavors. A steal in the Cabernet world.

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By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/25/2013  | Send Email
Another great 2009 value, this wine comes from a property found just north of the city of Bordeaux itself. Big and round in style, the ripe, sweet, dark fruit really makes an impression. Oak influence shows in a ready toastiness that is neither obvious nor overwhelming and should integrate nicely with just a few years in the cellar. A superb value that really makes the most of the vintage.

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/13/2013  | Send Email
The overt rusticity this property was once known for is nowhere to be seen in this beautiful and approachable bottle. Rich, forward and modern in the best sense of the word, this gushes blackberry fruit, sweet oak aromas and dark plum flavors. The earthy edge and iron minerality keeps this grounded in terroir and the finely ripe tannins hold it all together.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/5/2013  | Send Email
No matter what your wine budget is, you should make space in your cellar for the 2009 Clement Pichon if you love Bordeaux. This has everything that the vintage promises- concentration, power, and excellent ripeness along with bright acid to balance it all out. This wine will really hit its stride in another five or six years, but the impatient will find a lot to like in it now. This has a lot more Margaux like aroma even now than some of the $100+ Margaux's that we tasted right next to it!!

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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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Alcohol Content (%): 14