2009 Arnauton, Fronsac
This is a balanced and refined wine with blueberry and chocolate and walnuts. Full-to-medium body, with firm tannins and a lovely finish. Firm and pretty. So there, but will age.
Shows bright, lively red and black currant fruit, with racy spice and graphite notes. Fresh and open-knit on the finish, but keeps your interest. Drink now through 2015. (Web Only- 2012)
Extremely dark purple. Very rich and lively and with lots of winemaking effort to judge from the nose and life. Well done!
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
he basic cuvee, the 2009 Arnauton, is 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. It exhibits loads of crushed chalky minerality, some jammy berry fruit, good glycerin, medium body, and a clean, fresh, lively finish. It is a little less complex than I’d hoped, but still a fine effort. Fronsac, of course, is a treasure trove for excellent wines at realistic prices, and Arnauton is a good-sized 62-acre property on the south-facing hillsides in the eastern part of the actual appellation.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dried flowers with hints of roses and violet on the nose with ripe fruits. Medium body, with firm tannins and a delicately fruit finish. Delicious now.
Tons of ripe blackberry fruit. A polished wine that will cellar well for ten years. -CLyde