2009 Macalan, Bordeaux

SKU #1132986

60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/12/2013  | Send Email
This has a gentle and rich core of smooth, dark fruit in the generous middle and a perefect snap of ripe tannin on the finish. Although substantial enough for Saturday dinner this is priced for Tuesday lunch.

By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/12/2013  | Send Email
Don't let the low price scare you away. This reminds me of the 1997 Cantemerle: it drank well young, but has aged very well. The palate shows, wild spicy berry and floral characters, med-bodied, with soft tannins with nice length on the finish.

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/27/2013  | Send Email
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This is the first year that we have directly imported this delightful Gem and it is drinking well right now. Produced mostly from Merlot (60%), with Cabernet Franc (25%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (15%) blended in, this small estate production is deeply colored, shows lush, pronounced aromas of blackberry to currant fruit with undertones of mint and anise. These components carry over completely to its refreshing, bright fruit flavors, with soft, well-integrated tannins, and a bright, flashy finish. Rusty has informed me that this Gem will be one of our house reds for the month. Enjoy! 14.5 % ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2016

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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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Bordeaux

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