2009 La Couspaude, St-Emilion

SKU #1107735 93 points 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)  (2/2012)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel sample. Pure blackberry and currant fruits, lots of ripe and juicy flavors. Intense, concentrated and smoky.  (8/2010)

91 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/2012)

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)  (7/2012)

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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 M├ędoc 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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Saint Emilion