2009 Larmande, St-Emilion

SKU #1110151 94 points James Suckling

 A wine, with beautiful focused fruit of raspberries and citrus fruit follow through to a full body, with super polished tannins and a bright acidity. Very lively. The superb quality of the Cabernet Franc comes through here. Better in 2015.  (2/2012)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Concentrated, dark wine that edges towards austere. Beneath this surface, the wine shows some generous fruit. Give it a few years and the more approachable nature will begin to show through. (RV)  (2/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Rather dark and winey, with almost chewy-edged currant, plum sauce and roasted fig notes laced with bittersweet cocoa and backed by a loamy edge on the dense finish. The buried graphite spine should allow this to stretch out in the cellar. Best from 2014 through 2024. (JM)  (3/2012)


 Fresh, crunchy bouquet of a restrained expansiveness; deep and ripe. Creamy palate with fresh acidity, firm, grainy tannins and good, lifted fruit. Classy with a dry lusciousness, it is rich and rewarding. Drink: 2013-2023. Alc: 14%. (17.5 points)  (7/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This wine has softened up considerably and displays elegant, pure raspberry and soil-infused black cherry fruit notes. It is medium-bodied, quite tasty, and best drunk over the next 12 or so years. (RP)  (2/2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright medium ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry and licorice. Chewy and sweet on the palate, with plum and dark berry flavors joined on the back end by a chocolatey note. Not particularly complex but offers good depth of fruit and texture. Ripe tannins dust the front teeth. (ST)  (7/2012)

K&L Notes

From Neil Martin for Wine Advocate: "Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Larmande ‘09 has an ebullient, liquorice-tinged bouquet with scents of blueberry, banana skin and orange blossom that is well defined, but needs time in the glass to coalesce. The palate is full-bodied with a lot of extraction -- plush dark plum and cassis fruit with a slightly jammy finish. Age should rein everything back in and there is a pleasing purity. Tasted January 2013." (NM)

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/25/2013 | Send Email
Consistently one of the best values in a Saint Emilion Grands Crus Classé, Chateau Larmande lies just to the north of the town of Saint Emilion itself on a mixture of sand, limestone, and clay soils. The vineyards are planted to 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 60% new oak is used each year. The 2009 vintage is classically-styled, rich and round with good weight and mouthfeel. Sweet red and black fruits here with firm, fine tannins. Will reward time in the cellar.

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion