2009 Le Thil Comte Clary, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1055156 92 points Wine Spectator

 This is quite ripe, with a big core of linzer torte, cassis and blackberry fruit, but well-supported by graphite and melted licorice notes. Offers ample breadth and depth, with honest grip through the finish. A rather polished style for a Pessac. Should settle in nicely with mid-term cellaring. Best from 2013 through 2020.  (3/2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep ruby/purple, its classic Graves nose of tobacco leaf, burning embers and scorched earth is backed up by sweet cassis and black cherry fruit. Medium to full-bodied but overall very elegant and velvety, this is a complex, relatively evolved, delicious and interesting wine that should drink nicely for another 7-10 years. Showing better from bottle than it did from cask, this blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet, which tips the scales at 15.1% natural alcohol, is a sleeper of the vintage. None other than Stephane Derenoncourt is the consultant, and this is clearly the best wine ever produced from this 35-acre estate sandwiched between Carbonnieux and Smith-Haut-Lafitte near the village of Martillac.  (2/2012)

James Suckling

 Fruity and rich with plum and dried berry character. Full and chewy with a solid core of fruit and smoky finish. Tar too. Little rustic. Better after 2015.  (4/2012)

K&L Notes

Do not miss this superb value for the cellar or the table. Lots of mineral flavors and a lush mid-palate. Red fruit flavors abound and tannins are smooth and latent. Buy it by the case. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer)

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By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/7/2012 | Send Email
This was the headier version compare to the 2008. 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet. Ripe plum and spice nose and with a richly textured palate. Surprising astringency on the finish along with lots of spice.

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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.


- 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.


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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.