Tasted blind. Dark reddish amber color. Almost opaque. Herbal, powerful nose. Notes of dark fruit, tobacco leaf, pepper, some mushrooms and some camphor. Massive fruit and structure. Seems young and still has some pucker. Expands in the mouth. Really good juice... the mouth feel is outstanding. (M's 60th bday 7th of 14) — 20 days ago
What a treat - Sunday night with the WNH gang on zoom - this 09 reminds me of the classic style of the 1982 vintages - super vibrant ripe dark fruit - merlot dominated with the cab franc woven in for length and full body - all the hallmarks of Pomerol with this chateau bordering St Emilion which means a blend of softness of the merlot from one region integrated with structure and power from the other - balance was immediate on the the palette and nose - the complexities were evident with mocha toasty wood and some dried fruit but this remarkable wine was more new world than old - @Antonio Galloni mentioned Messato as Michel consults for Messato and I see this but the ripeness was amazing and the cab franc for me separates itself distinctively for the Le Bon Pesteur - bet this wine has 20 plus years left but definitely in the drinking window right now so no need to wait - great call to try the 2009 vintages of Bordeaux @Shay A and @Bill Bender - I think you are going to like hearing what others had from the 09 as we all agreed that this vintage delivers and at the price point it gives really good challenge to the red blends of Napa — a month ago
It's time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.
Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim. Not showing age at all.
Nice nose of black currants, black plums, cherries, light oak, licorice, spices, coffee, light barnyard, herbs and black pepper.
Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, diet coke, dark chocolates, coffee, earth, graphite, vegetables and peppercorn.
Medium plus on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very enjoyable Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend from the great 2009 vintage. Drinks like a young wine, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.
Needs a long time to open up, so be patient with it. Took 4 hours for the tannins to show up.
Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.
I had the 2008 a couple of years ago and enjoyed it too. Very consistent.
Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Ripe, elegant and fruity.
I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$40 (current vintage). — 9 days ago
This is drinking beautifully now. Dark cherries, dark chocolate, and pleasant graphite on the nose. Lush, soft tannins that exude elegance as the wine rolls around my tongue. Long and satisfying finish. Looking forward to my second bottle in several years time. — 13 hours ago
Tasted blind. Reddish tawny color, seems younger than previous bottles in the glass. Youthful nose. Notes of black cherry, hickory, plums, gravel, black truffles, some smoke and some unsweetened dark chocolate. Silky and light on its feet despite the youthfulness of its presence. Debate ensues if this is right or left bank. We settle on a guess of 61 Cheval Blanc. While the 61 Tratanoy is all about the mouth feel, this is all about the incredible nose and its youthfulness. (M's 60th bday 8th of 14) — 20 days ago
Served with amazing Mediterranean lamb, nearly hitting the spot. Wish it had been aged longer or open more than four hours in advance, definitely can use some sharper definition.
At this point, it’s the freshman quarterback falling short on a last second, game winning, goal line play. Disappointing now but with a lot of future promise. — 9 days ago
For a 25-year-old pomerol…yeah, you could do a lot worse. Classic old aromatics of dried cassis, leather, and hints of menthol, this is an example of why you stow away some wines for a decade or two so you can revisit them on a beautiful Michigan evening. Cheers. — 25 days ago