2009 Fonreaud, Listrac
This is elegant, with iron and toasty spice notes melded into core flavors of warm plum confiture, cassis and black tea. A nice tug of earth holds onto the finish. Drink now through 2015.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(53% cabernet sauvignon, 43% merlot and 4% petit verdot): Dark red. Mellow aromas of plum, redcurrant and mocha. A supple, smooth, moderately sweet midweight with a slightly medicinal cast to its plum and spice flavors. Boasts good texture and ripeness and finishes with slightly drying but essentially harmless tannins.
The appellations of Moulis and Listrac were once backwaters of mediocrity, but as interest (and money) has poured in, quality has risen dramatically. This little gem of a chateau has pursued surprising freshness and elegance. Here there is good sweetness to the Bing cherry and red plum fruit, along with touches of tobacco and mineral on the lingering finish. (Steve Bearden, K&L San Francisco Bordeaux Specialist)