2009 La Couspaude, St-Emilion
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The best La Couspaude I have ever tasted, the opaque purple 2009 exhibits nicely integrated toasty oak/pain grille in addition to cassis, kirsch, raspberries and earthy undertones. Full-bodied, with beautiful integration of acidity, alcohol and tannin, this is a robust, exuberant, somewhat flamboyant style of St.-Emilion that is clearly modern, but quite frankly, delicious. Drink it over the next 12-15 years. (RP)
Barrel sample. Pure blackberry and currant fruits, lots of ripe and juicy flavors. Intense, concentrated and smoky.
A broad, fleshy style, with cocoa, mulled plum, fig and blackberry fruit draped over briar and toasty spice notes. Stays lush and velvety through the finish, with flashy spice notes. For the hedonistic crowd. Best from 2013 through 2020.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, full ruby-red. High-toned aromas of black raspberry, black cherry and smoky oak. Very ripe, fat and chewy, with slightly roasted fruit flavors accompanied by saline, mocha and chocolate notes. Finishes with serious palate-saturating tannins and some nutty oak. I wanted a bit more primary fruit and lift. (ST)