2011 L'Arrosée, St-Emilion

SKU #1090926 92-93 points James Suckling

 Full body, with a solid core of ripe fruit and mineral, stone, chocolate and sweet-ripe fruit. Sold and silky tannins. Very well done for the vintage. I like this better than many past vintages.  (4/2012)

88-91 points Wine Spectator

 Dark in profile, with a strong cocoa frame to the blackberry and fig notes. Polished in texture, but more heft than purity in the end. (JM)  (4/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A juicy, seductive, dark plum/garnet-colored effort, this 2011 reveals plenty of bing cherry-like fruit intermixed with spice and earth notes. Round, plush, charming and delicious, this medium-bodied wine should evolve for a decade. (RP)  (4/2014)

K&L Notes

Ripe blueberry spice on the nose. Sweet, juicy texture on the palate, with balanced, ripe tannins. This property is doing well of late. 88-91 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The l’Arrossee has a lively, oyster shell nose with copious sweet cassis and blueberry fruit that manages to retain fine delineation. The palate is well balanced with ripe rounded blackberry and raspberry on the entry. This is natural, refined, focused with harmony right towards the sensual finish. Very fine." (05/2012)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2017 | Send Email
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I actually liked this wine better than their 2010 or 2012 (last vintage at Arrosee). It has fine structure and plenty of blackberry and spice on the nose and palate.
Drink from 2017 to 2027

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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

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion