2009 Bord'Eaux Merlot

SKU #1079690 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This is a creation of the very good negociant firm in Bordeaux, Jeffrey Davies Selections. It should elicit serious interest given its realistic pricing. A pure fruit bomb, so to speak, with a dark ruby/purple-tinged color and loads of mocha, black cherry and black currant fruit, it is all tank-fermented, aged on its lees for four months, and bottled early to preserve its freshness and fruit. Coming in at 13% natural alcohol in 2009, the wine makes for a mouth-filling, delicious, inexpensive introduction into something obviously very Bordeaux.  (2/ 2012)

K&L Notes

This rich and silky red offers great, spicy blackberry aromas that follow to the palate. Lively and vibrant, with lovely mid-palate flavors. And the best part is, you can drink it up now and enjoy. A superb buy for entertaining.

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/18/2012  | Send Email
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I am normally not a big Merlot admirer, in that I feel it is a simple wine with a few exceptions. But once every decade or two, there is a wine worth considering. This is one you need to have on your dinner table on a regular basis, especially at this price. It’s rich, lush yet balanced on the palate with round, soft, integrated tannins. This lovely red wine Gem will be one of our house reds for the month according to The Beaner. 13.5% ABV (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2012 to 2015

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/2/2011  | Send Email
Made entirely of Merlot grown on the clay and limestone soils of the Côtes de Bourg on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. The style is modern and fruit forward, taking full advantage of the ripeness of the 2009 vintage. Rich, plummy red fruits, ripe and sweet. Spicy ginger and nutmeg notes remind one of holiday fruitcakes from years past. Available in the traditional 750ml format or in the 3L box for holiday entertaining.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/23/2011  | Send Email
This is the perfect Holiday Cocktail wine and it even comes in a 3 Liter box! It is more of a California styled Merlot with ripe berry and plum along with a touch of spice. The palate is soft and bright with just a bit of astringency on the finish.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/22/2011  | Send Email
Great spicy blackberry aromas that follow to the palate. Lively and vibrant, lovely mid palate flavors--drink up and enjoy--superb buy for holiday drinking.
Top Value!

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/16/2011  | Send Email
Here is as good an example of the greatness of the 2009 vintage in Bordeaux at the lower price levels as you are likely to find. Soft, warm gentle and very sweet with no edges and a nice core of sunny, ripe fruit. This would make a great cocktail party sipper or a match for simple food.

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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