2009 Camensac, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1112973 92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel sample. Big, ripe, juicy wine, the tannins very solid and dark. It has layers of new wood, power and considerable density.  (8/2010)

90 points James Suckling

 Bright, soft and fruity with plum and currant character, with full to medium body and a chewy finish. Muscular. Better in 2016.  (7/2012)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of the finest, if not the very best Camensac I have ever tasted, this wine possesses loads of black currants, black cherries, cedar wood and spice box as well as a bit of earth and underbrush. It is medium to full-bodied, very generously endowed and quite long. Anticipated maturity: now-2025.  (2/2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (a 55/45 blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot): Good dark red. Plum, redcurrant, mocha and tobacco on the nose, plus hints of dusty herbs and pepper. Sweet and smooth, with harmonious acidity giving shape to the round mid-palate. Finishes with solid tannins and firm flavors of currant and licorice. Accessible now but has the life for 12 to 15 years of evolution.  (7/2012)

Wine Spectator

 Nicely polished, featuring dark plum and currant flavors laced with cocoa powder and roasted vanilla bean notes, which extend through the finish. Drink now through 2013. (Web -2012)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/26/2012 | Send Email
*V Good sweetness on the palate. Red fruits. Bright. Well-balanced tannins. Quite elegant for this property.

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