2009 Domaine du Bouscat "La Gargone," Bordeaux Supérieur

SKU #1088125 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The remarkable 2009 Bouscat La Gargone, which is even better from bottle than it was from barrel, is a blend of 60% Merlot, 20% Malbec, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Consultant Claude Gros certainly got things right, as this tips the scales at a California-like 15.9% natural alcohol. An absolutely sensational nose of white chocolate intermixed with blackberry jam, licorice, incense and white flowers soars from the glass of this opaque, full-bodied, sensationally concentrated wine that has no hard edges. Drink it over the next 3-4 years. (RP)  (3/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full ruby-red. Rich, ripe aromas of blackberry liqueur, black raspberry, cassis and chocolate. Thick and sweet but with shape and energy too. Dense dark berry flavors are complicated by bitter chocolate and mint. Finishes with broad, horizontal tannins that saturate the entire palate. Remarkably round, seamless and satisfying wine with amazing length for a Bordeaux Superieur. And boasts more energy than most California Cabernets at the same octane level.  (7/2012)

Wine Spectator

 A solid, ripe style, with a grippy edge to the briar, blackberry and fig notes. There's lots of spice on the finish, which stays nicely defined. Shows much better freshness and definition than the winery's Les Portes de l'Am cuvée. Drink now through 2016.  (3/2012)

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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 (%): 15