2009 Clos La Madeleine, St-Emilion

SKU #1084422 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The wine is an impressive blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, made under the supervision of Hubert de Bouard. I don’t think Clos La Madeleine has ever made a better wine. This 2009 has liqueur of dusty chalk intermixed with red and black fruits, hints of blackberry and black cherry, and loads of full-bodied opulence yet great structure and definition. This is a sleeper of the vintage and a personal best for Clos La Madeleine, long under the radar of wine consumers. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035. (RP) 93+  (12/2011)

91 points James Suckling

 Aromas of minerals, flowers and cool fruit, follow through to a medium-to-full body, with well-integrated tannins and a racy tannin structure. Try in 2014.  (3/2012)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 This big, solid, rich effort is packed with seemingly sweet fruits and firm tannins, with a bitter extracted feel. The wine has great weight, and it’s a powerful expression of the rich 2009 vintage. (RV)  (2/2013)

K&L Notes

*+V Hubert de Boüard's hand is evident here. Sexy, toasty Asian spice aromas, and some blueberry fruit flavors. Great mouthfeel. Lovely.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion