2009 Puy Blanquet, St-Emilion
Barrel sample. Powerful, but smooth, with ripe milk chocolate and sweetness. Very velvet in texture, with just enough acidity.
A balanced and delicious budget Bordeaux from a great vintage. Shows aromas of tar, berry and blackberries. It's medium to full body with fine tannins and a long finish. The fresh acidity balance to this is very attractive. Drink or hold.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium ruby. Enticing floral aromas of raspberry, fresh red plum and sweet oak. Creamy-rich and silky, with good generosity to the red fruit flavors. Finishes with civilized tannins, a trace of warmth, and a lingering note of cassis. Not the last word in complexity but I find this hard to resist. The best Puy-Blanquet I can recall at this stage of development.