2009 La Garde, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1093494 92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel sample. Spicy wood, ginger and nutmeg, balancing with solid textured black fruits. The wine is rich, a powerhouse of sweet tannins, finishing freshly with black currant juice.  (8/ 2010)

93 points James Suckling

 Blueberry, mineral and dried flower aromas follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a juicy, slightly austere finish. Structured and dense. Very well done. Better in 2018.  (2/ 2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Silky yet solid, this focused red delivers plenty of black cherry, currant, tobacco and spice flavors, with a firm texture, well-integrated tannins and lively acidity. The long finish carries toast, mineral and floral notes. Best from 2013 through 2023.  (3/ 2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Sexy black cherries, unsmoked cigar tobacco, hot rocks and roasted herbs all characterize this soft, lush, very fruity and enticing wine, which is mid-weight and ideal for drinking over the next 6-8 years.  (2/ 2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full medium red. Slightly high-toned aromas of blackberry, black cherry, hot rocks, licorice and herbs. Juicy and moderately intense, with good energy to the dark fruit and spice flavors, which carry nicely on the fresh aftertaste. Tannins are quite suave. For drinking over the next ten years.  (7/ 2012)

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By: David Othenin-Girard |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/19/2012  | Send Email
Well this one was a surprise. Dark spice, deep plummy fruit. The palate is round sweet and dense. Structured but VERY drinkable now. Could easily work with an hour decanted and a nice rib-eye. Serious value here.

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Varietal:

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 Médoc 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.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- 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.