2009 Pipeau, St-Emilion

SKU #1095948 93 points James Suckling

 Wonderful nose, with a depth of ripe fruit from crushed blueberries to currants. Full body, with soft and velvety tannins and a long flavorful finish. Loads going on here. Always delicious. Best in 2014.  (2/ 2012)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This is one of the most popular wines in the French home marketplace, and no wonder. A sleeper of the vintage, this full-bodied, decadently fruity wine has power, fat, richness and a hedonistic quality that is hard to ignore. However, once past all the glossy, flamboyant fruit, there is still a lot going on here. Its earthy, deep, mineral-laced flavors are sexy and full-bodied, offering up considerable opulence. Drink it over the next decade.  (2/ 2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This rich red is nicely coated with espresso and dark fig over a core of plum and blackberry fruit. Stays velvety through the toasty but well-integrated finish. Best from 2013 through 2023.  (3/ 2012)

K&L Notes

This wine is stunning and a great value for the cellar. Plush black fruit aromas mixed with toasty oak. Some plum and spice notes. Sweet and lush on palate with plenty of latent tannin for long life.--clyde

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/31/2012  | Send Email
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A great vintage, a wonderful wine that can be consumed now and for the next few years with complete enjoyment, and, according to Rusty, this Gem will be one of our house reds for the next foreseeable future.
Drink from 2012 to 2020

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/31/2012  | Send Email
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Moving beyond its inviting, attractive yellow and black label and into the bottle promises to be a richly-rewarding experience, as this predominantly Merlot based wine unveils itself in the glass with a wealth of appealing aromas— blackberries, currants, fig compote, plums, spicy oak, reminiscent of an exuberant Rubens painting, ripe, abundant and robustly fleshy. Multi-dimensional, layered and mouthwateringly compelling, this lovely, textural wine will evolve for several more years, but no one can blame you for decanting and enjoying tomorrow.

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/27/2012  | Send Email
A huge hit at my July Bordeaux tasting in San Francisco and an amazing value as well. This has lots of up front crunchy red fruits as well as flavors and aromas of coffee grounds, cocoa, toast and mineral. Although flashy and jammy this has a wonderful limestone laced finish that adds great length and detail.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/24/2012  | Send Email
On the nose is plenty of toasty oak, coffee and heady blackberry. The rich textured palate is filled with blackberry, coffee and roasted spices. The toasty finish has a slight campfire aroma that lingers around the black fruit.

 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 9/1/2012 
Ruby-purple in the glass. The nose is reticent of gorgeous toasty oak, currant, espresso, plums & spice box. Lots of chunky black fruits on this. This being my first go for a young Bordeaux I'm beyond impressed by the 2009 vintage in St Emilion. With that being said, this has plenty of life ahead of it for those with a proper cellar!

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion