2009 Le Thil Comte Clary, Pessac-Léognan
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.
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.
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.
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)