Saturday, May 29, 2010

2009 again...

The French site Bootle France published its 2009 tasting notes (in French), including :

"Valandraud, Saint-Emilion : nose of very ripe black fruit with hints of mint, minerals, mocha. Smooth attack with melting, fine and crispy tannins. Unctuous palate with a superb mineral dimension. Elegant finish, round, smooth, complex, dense and concentrated. Superb. Note : 96-99+"

"Haut-Carles, Fronsac : nose of cherries, floral with hints of eucalyptus. Lively and sharp attack with smooth and melted tannins. The wine is round, harmonious, with a touch of iodine and fruits a touch candied. Well structured with an expressive and delicious finish; beautiful substance and great potential. Note : 91-94"

The special issue of RVF just came out and is dedicated to the 2009 vintage which lists it in "Exceptional success" : Lafont Fourcat (Bordeaux), Bad Boy (Bordeaux), Haut Carles (Fronsac), Haut Mazeris (Canon Fronsac).

In the "Great success" category, are cited : Virginie de Valandraud (Saint Emilion Grand Cru), Clos Badon Thunevin (Saint Emilion Grand Cru), Clos du Beau Père (Pomerol), or Blanc de Valandraud N°1 Cuvée "Murielle" (Bordeaux blanc)

In other words, good reading for the weekend!

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