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2009 Lilian Ladouys, St-Estèphe

SKU #1122456 92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A fine and spicy wine, the wood toast well integrated with the sweet fruit. Deliciously ripe Merlot vies with the Cabernet tannins to give a dark, complex wine. (RV) Inner quote mark (8/2010)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is very ripe with toffee, spice, truffles, and chocolate, as well as ripe-fruit and meat character on the nose and palate. Full body, soft tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (1/2019)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark On the toasty, more modern side of the spectrum, with ambitious roasted fig, apple wood and blueberry confiture notes followed by racy graphite, espresso and blackberry pâte de fruit. Not shy, but has the density for balance. *Smart Buys* (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2012)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Just another sensational value from this incredible vintage, the 2009 from Lilian Ladouys is a rounded, fruit loaded beauty that gives up tons of cassis, licorice, toasted spice, cedar and hints of sweet oak. This full-bodied, forward, sexy red is based on a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, and should drink nicely for at least a decade. Readers should be happy if they have a case of this in the cellar. Inner quote mark (12/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Elegant, with loads of black currant fruit, cherries and dusty, loamy soil notes as well as hints of tobacco leaf, spice box and cedar, it is a medium to full-bodied, nicely textured, fleshy wine … This is the best wine I have ever tasted from this property. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2012)

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By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/4/2018 | Send Email
One of the darlings of 2009 Bordeaux values, this is one that I've enjoyed many times, but haven't tasted in the past few years. The bountiful aromatics are highlighted by deep cassis, blackberry, graphite, and thyme. The palate is pure and expressive, with a core of red cherry, a terrific texture, and well judged tannins. Drinking well now, something tells me that this is still a few years from its peak, where it will stay for a few years to follow. A lot of wine for the price, and still one of 2009 Bordeaux's great values.

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