2009 Bois-Martin, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1109526

Chateau Bois Martin is in a superb location quite close to the village of Léognan, just off the main road. This small vineyard is bordered by two Great Growths, Chateau Fieuzal and Chateau Malartic-Lagravière. The estate has belonged to the Perrin family since 1998. The 2009 is fat and rich and wonderfully fruity, with lots of mineral undertones. Maybe their best ever.

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By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/13/2012  | Send Email
One of my top picks under $20 for the vintage. Lightly spicy with hints of new wood on the nose. Ripe, concentrated black fruits – tart, fresh-picked blackberry and sweet cassis. Incredibly rich, silky texture. A touch of Graves minerality. Tannins firm but very fine. Everything that is great about this 2009 vintage can be found in a single bottle of this wine.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/4/2012  | Send Email
Another great value from a property down the road from Smith-Haut-Lafitte, right next to Fieuzal and Malartic-Lagravière. Raspberry and cedar on the nose, with ripe red raspberry on the palate. But with all that big fruit, a beautiful cedar and mineral thread lies underneath. The long finish shows more of the mineral and cedar. Lovely, lovely wine.

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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 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.
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France

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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.