2009 Lamothe Bergeron, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1109194 90 points James Suckling

 A wine with berry and wet earth character. Medium body, soft and velvety tannins, plus a spicy, dried fruit finish. Lots of dark chocolate too. Drink or hold.  (9/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Loads of berry fruit intermixed with some roasted herbs, spice box and licorice can be found in this excellent Haut-Medoc, which has medium body, lots of fragrance and very pure flavors. Drink it over the next 5-7 years. (RP)  (2/2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark ruby-red. Enticing nose hints at sweet blackberry, cedar and flinty minerals. Balanced and fine-grained, with flavors of ripe plum and raspberry syrup and cassis complicated by a flinty nuance. Finishes with satisfying length and a touch of warmth. (ID)  (6/2010)

Wine Spectator

 Focused, with solid bitter cherry, plum and cassis flavors framed by judicious toast. Lingering tobacco and iron notes keep this nicely grounded. Best from 2013 through 2018. (JM, Web-2012)

K&L Notes

*½V 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot. Hubert de Boüard is consulting here now, and it shows. Clyde loves this wine.

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/20/2016 | Send Email
The owner of Château Angelus is consulting here and it shows in this delicious, mildly earthy wine that is modern and super flavorful. Toasty and smooth with sweet red fruit flavors and ripe, round tannins.

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/2/2012 | Send Email
This is the wine that spurred me to call up Ralph Sands. This is a big, big wine and unlike previous vintages the tannins don’t overwhelm the fruit. It’s also one of the 2009s that you should buy by the case. Ripe blackberry fruit on the nose, heady and rich. Slightly monolithic right now, with the ripe black fruit dominating the palate, but there is plenty of structure here for a long haul journey in the cellar.

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