2009 Magdelaine, St-Emilion (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1298599 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A property that has largely been replanted over the last 25 years, the 2009 is one of the best the firm of Jean-Pierre Moueix has yet released from this estate. Eighty percent of this vineyard sits on the limestone plateau and 20% on the hillsides, and the 2009 displays a classic confiture of black cherries, some crushed rocks and spring flowers in a full-bodied, yet at the same time, ethereal and rather elegant style. The wine has gorgeous fruit purity, a broad, luscious texture, and more density and richness than one normally finds in this somewhat finesse-styled wine, which seems to have achieved more depth and potential in 2009. This should be drinkable in 5-6 years and keep for 25 or more. (RP)  (2/2012)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 There is dense, ripe fruit here, although with an austere, serious edge. The wine has firm yet juicy blackberry fruits along with concentrated tannins. It is firm, dark, with the potential for good red berry fruits.  (2/2012)

93 points James Suckling

 Ripe plum, with hints of sanded oak. Full-bodied, with a pretty core of raspberry and blueberry character. Silky and pretty. Balanced and subtle, yet intense. Try after 2017.  (2/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark red. Aromas of dark cherry, currant and menthol are lifted by floral and mineral high notes. At once seamless and penetrating, with bright minerality giving definition and grip to the dark berry and black cherry flavors. Boasts sexy early sweetness and breadth for a wine from this property but a laid-back coolness as well. Finishes with noble tannins and outstanding persistence. This extremely youthful wine should evolve slowly over the next 20 years. (ST)  (7/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Seems a bit stolid today, with a walled-off core of raspberry and cherry preserves framed by a healthy dose of lightly firm roasted vanilla. Very well-built, with sleek edges and good buried charcoal and tobacco, so cellar for harmony down the road. (JM)  (3/2012)

K&L Notes

90 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Magdelaine ‘09 has an exotic, mulberry and black cherry nose with blueberry jam and vanilla developing. It manages to retain good definition and composure. The palate is medium-bodied with a svelte, soft, caressing entry. It is very harmonious with a sweet core of fruit and a plush, generous, Rubenesque finish. Lovely." (07/2013)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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Saint Emilion