2009 Larmande, St-Emilion

SKU #1110151 94 points James Suckling

 A wine, with beautiful focused fruit of raspberries and citrus fruit follow through to a full body, with super polished tannins and a bright acidity. Very lively. The superb quality of the Cabernet Franc comes through here. Better in 2015.  (2/ 2012)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Concentrated, dark wine that edges towards austere. Beneath this surface, the wine shows some generous fruit. Give it a few years and the more approachable nature will begin to show through.  (2/ 2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Rather dark and winey, with almost chewy-edged currant, plum sauce and roasted fig notes laced with bittersweet cocoa and backed by a loamy edge on the dense finish. The buried graphite spine should allow this to stretch out in the cellar. Best from 2014 through 2024. 3,640 cases made.  (3/ 2012)

Decanter

 Fresh, crunchy bouquet of a restrained expansiveness; deep and ripe. Creamy palate with fresh acidity, firm, grainy tannins and good, lifted fruit. Classy with a dry lusciousness, it is rich and rewarding. Drink: 2013-2023. Alc: 14%. (17.5 points)  (7/ 2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This wine has softened up considerably and displays elegant, pure raspberry and soil-infused black cherry fruit notes. It is medium-bodied, quite tasty, and best drunk over the next 12 or so years.  (2/ 2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright medium ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry and licorice. Chewy and sweet on the palate, with plum and dark berry flavors joined on the back end by a chocolatey note. Not particularly complex but offers good depth of fruit and texture. Ripe tannins dust the front teeth.  (7/ 2012)

K&L Notes

*V Easy drinker. Superb texture. Lovely to drink young.

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By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/25/2013  | Send Email
Consistently one of the best values in a Saint Emilion Grands Crus Classé, Chateau Larmande lies just to the north of the town of Saint Emilion itself on a mixture of sand, limestone, and clay soils. The vineyards are planted to 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 60% new oak is used each year. The 2009 vintage is classically-styled, rich and round with good weight and mouthfeel. Sweet red and black fruits here with firm, fine tannins. Will reward time in the cellar.

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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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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion