2009 Maison Blanche, Médoc

SKU #1087578 91 points Wine Spectator

 Vibrant, with nicely packed raspberry, fig and blackberry fruit carried by mouthwatering acidity and well-embedded structure. Lots of anise, spice and tar frames the finish. Stéphane Derenoncourt consulting here. Best from 2012 through 2019.  (3/2012)

K&L Notes

The blend for the 2009 Château Maison Blanche is 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet Franc is usually not included in this wine, but was in 2009 because it came in so perfectly. This is stunningly delicious...blackberries and toasty oak abound. Will cellar well for five-plus years. Fresh and vibrant. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2012 | Send Email
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Again, an absolutely wonderful 2009 that will drink near-term in this great vintage. Medium-deep ruby in color, the nose is vibrant and opulent with cedar, white pepper spiciness, and blueberry aromas with wet stone undertones. In the mouth, this lovely wine is vivacious, integrated, well-balanced and full of flavor. Drink this Gem over the next two to five years. This Gem will also be one of our house reds for the month according to Rusty.
Drink from 2012 to 2018

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/27/2012 | Send Email
Here is another great value of the 2009 vintage. The nose shows cedar, spice and bright fragrant raspberry aromas. The palate is opulent with nice tannins showing lots of bright red fruits and held up with nice structure.

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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 M├ędoc 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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


Alcohol Content (%): 14