2009 d'Escurac, Medoc (1.5L) (Previously $40)

SKU #1295290 Jancis Robinson

 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. Cherries and a slight mocha note. Dense and savoury on the palate. Firm grip but fully ripe tannins. Needs a good bit of time. Drink 2015-2025. (JH)  (9/2011)

James Suckling

 wine with a leafy and creamy character with hints of dried fruits. Full body, chewy tannins and a medium finish. Better in 2015.  (7/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A sleeper of the vintage, this well-made Medoc reveals lots of cedar, tobacco leaf and black currant characteristics, silky tannin, medium to full body and attractive succulence and flesh. Year in and year out, d’Escurac is a major over-achiever and the 2009 is no exception. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)  (2/2012)

Wine Spectator

 Open-knit, with melted licorice, mulled plum and cherry fruit and a flash of toasted spice on the finish to keep it honest.  (5/2012)

K&L Notes

THis is a property to watch in the future. Very well-priced wines that have great balance and fruit. This one has toasty aromas and a very fruity palate impression. Super value. -Clyde beffa

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