2009 La Dominique, St-Emilion

SKU #1091289 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Finally we have returned to the great La Dominiques made in 1989 and 1990. This has much of the style of the 1990, with supple tannin and loads of spicy fruitcake, licorice, cassis and kirsch-like notes that jump from this dense ruby/purple wine. Fat, fleshy and full-bodied, with beautiful richness, purity and length, this wine will be approachable in its youth yet last for two decades (just like the 1989 and 1990).  (2/ 2012)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 A charmer of a wine, all fruit and sweet tannins. It is dense, the flavors going right down into the core of the wine and bringing back beautiful red perfumed fruits. La Dominique, next door to Cheval Blanc, is now performing well.  (2/ 2012)

93 points Wine Spectator

 This sports a dark, roasted feel, as espresso and charcoal notes flank the core of tobacco and dark fig flavors. Has a burly edge now, but shows ample flesh through the finish. Should settle down in the cellar. Lots here. Best from 2014 through 2027.  (3/ 2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright medium ruby. Smoky, sexy aromas of roasted blackberry, kirsch and toffee; I might have picked this blind as a Pomerol. Rich, concentrated, dense and sweet but not heavy, with chewy flavors of black raspberry, blackberry and roast coffee. The broad finish features sweet, building tannins and excellent length. There's an almost exotic quality to the blackberry fruit and yet the wine also maintains a primary character. The best La Dominique in many years.  (7/ 2012)

K&L Notes

*+V At UGC: Boysenberry nose and flavor. Some dark chocolate nuances. Could be a value. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Founder & Bordeaux Buyer)

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By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/9/2012  | Send Email
A very generous wine. Loads of sweet, dark fruit here with a bit of spicy oak. Good structure and character. Well balanced with bright acidity and fine tannins. Ageworthy.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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Saint Emilion