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Just Landed: A Pair of Top 2009 Bordeaux—La Gaffelière & Léoville-Barton - 05/11/2019 - Red Bordeaux

2009 still holds its place as one of, if not the single greatest Bordeaux vintage of the modern era. For this reason, we cast our net far and wide to secure the top wines from this singular vintage. Recently we acquired a small parcel from two of the region’s most honored and celebrated estates: La Gaffelière & Léoville-Barton. Rated 95 and 98 points respectively, they are sensational wines with the body, structure, and pedigree to age for decades more. Parker called the La Gaffelière “one of the all-time great La Gaffelieres produced,” while Wine Enthisiast praised the Léoville-Barton as “A major success of the vintage.” Both are drinking superbly now, but are sure to reward for many years to come. They enjoy impeccable provenance and are in excellent condition, so you can buy with absolute confidence. It seems with each passing year, 2009s are increasingly hard to find, making this unique opportunity not to be missed.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2009 La Gaffelière, St-Emilion 95 $139.99 View
2009 La Gaffelière, St-Emilion 6-pack in OWC 95 $829.00 View
2009 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien 98 $139.99 View
2009 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien 12-pack in OWC 98 $1,650.00 View
2009 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac 99 $949.99 View
2009 Clinet, Pomerol 100 $349.99 View
2009 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe 100 $399.99 View
2009 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien 100 $379.99 View
2009 L'Église Clinet, Pomerol 100 $399.99 View
2009 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan 100 $239.99 View
2009 d'Yquem, Sauternes 100 $579.99 View
2009 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac 2018 Ex-Chateau Release 96 $289.99 View


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2009 La Gaffelière, St-Emilion ($139.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An absolutely spectacular effort, the 2009 is one of the all-time great La Gaffelieres produced. One would have to go back to the 2005, 1947 or 1961 to find this level of quality from this ancient, historic vineyard planted adjacent to the walls of St.-Emilion, on the Cote Pavie. Dating back to the 1400s, this estate has been owned for over three centuries by the Malet-Roquefort family. Composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon (in the past it was two-thirds Merlot and the rest split between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc), the 2009 reveals compelling elegance, tremendous intensity and opulence and more viscosity than one normally sees. While I thought the alcohol was well past 14%, the Chateau claims it is only 13.5%, which is relatively modest in this vintage. Lots of kirsch, licorice, incense, truffle, asphalt, blackberry and cassis notes dominate the aromatics and flavors of this full-bodied, viscous, fabulously pure, flamboyant St.-Emilion. Drinking it now may be considered infanticide by some consumers, but it is already attractive, and should last for 3-4 decades. (RP) 95+" (02/2012)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Straight down the line, this wine shows fruit and acidity. The tannins are relatively soft while the fruit is forward. Blackberries, coffee and licorice notes all come together. (RV)" (02/2012)

94 points James Suckling: "Big and juicy with loads of ripe fruit and spice. Coffee and chocolate. Full. Powerful and intense. Exotic finish." (07/2017)

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2009 La Gaffelière, St-Emilion 6-pack in OWC - 6 available ($829.00)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An absolutely spectacular effort, the 2009 is one of the all-time great La Gaffelieres produced. One would have to go back to the 2005, 1947 or 1961 to find this level of quality from this ancient, historic vineyard planted adjacent to the walls of St.-Emilion, on the Cote Pavie. Dating back to the 1400s, this estate has been owned for over three centuries by the Malet-Roquefort family. Composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon (in the past it was two-thirds Merlot and the rest split between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc), the 2009 reveals compelling elegance, tremendous intensity and opulence and more viscosity than one normally sees. While I thought the alcohol was well past 14%, the Chateau claims it is only 13.5%, which is relatively modest in this vintage. Lots of kirsch, licorice, incense, truffle, asphalt, blackberry and cassis notes dominate the aromatics and flavors of this full-bodied, viscous, fabulously pure, flamboyant St.-Emilion. Drinking it now may be considered infanticide by some consumers, but it is already attractive, and should last for 3-4 decades. 95+ (RP)" (02/2012)

89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark ruby-red. Precise though very ripe aromas of red fruits, licorice and minerals are complicated by Oriental spices. Then juicy, leanish and a bit tart in the mouth; began youthfully sullen but opened with air to show more seductive flavors of spicy dark plum, blackberry, soy sauce and underbrush. This finishes clean and long, with hints of blueberry, pine needle and clove. Nicely balanced and light on its feet. With only 13.5% alcohol, this has a very easy-to-drink quality, and it's easy to miss the wine's concentration. (ID)" (06/2010)

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2009 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien ($139.99)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "A major success of the vintage. The wine exhibits extreme richness of the fruit, with all its sweet blackberry flavors. It also has underlying firm structure, density and solid tannins. Bring in the acidity at the end, and this is both impressive and ready for long-term aging. *Ranked #3 on Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2012* (RV)" (02/2012)

96 points James Suckling: "Very floral, with fresh mushrooms and currants on the nose. Full body, with powerful tannins, yet polished and refined. Lovely length. Vibrant acidity. Well structured. Try after 2018." (03/2012)

95 points Vinous: "The 2009 Léoville-Barton is one of the few Saint-Julien '09s to suggest just a smidgen of brettanomyces on the nose, although frankly it does not detract from its allure, with lovely meat juice and brown spice aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, juicy and slightly chewier than its peers, well judged acidity with ample density and rondeur towards the finish. It might benefit from another year in bottle but otherwise, this is just a wonderful, life-affirming and disarmingly charming Léoville-Barton. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 2009 Bordeaux tasting. (NM)" (03/2019)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This is powerful Cabernet, with gutsy weight, but polished feel to the fresh plum, warm blackberry sauce, bittersweet ganache and roasted apple wood notes. Long and tarry through the finish, but still invigorating despite its heft. Will need some time to round fully into form. *Ranked #6 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2012* (JM)" (03/2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2009 Leoville Barton gives up expressive cherry cordial, warm cassis and blackberry tart scents with nuances of menthol, cigar box and fallen leaves. Medium-bodied and elegantly played with loads of freshness and soft tannins, it has a long, perfumed finish. (LPB)" (03/2019)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Red- and blackcurrant, licorice, chocolate mint and sexy oak tones on the nose. Dense, solidly built and youthfully backward, with strong acidity and a medicinal quality leavening the sweetness of this plush, seamless wine. Most impressive today on the very long finish, which features a firm spine of dusty tannins, hints of cedary oak and dark chocolate, and lovely lift. Should evolve positively over the next two decades. (ST) 93+" (07/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Perfumed. Seductive. Dense and powerful. Very intense and ambitious indeed. Well-managed tannins. Glossy. Very dry at the moment. 18/20 points (JR)" (01/2013)

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 02, 2018

Every once in a while a world-class Bordeaux is under-rated at release, providing a window of opportunity for those in-the-know to have extended access at great pricing. This is exactly where we are with the complex, structured, and refined 2009 Léoville-Barton. Almost a decade on, this famed Second Growth is starting to open up showing a core of signature bright red fruit peeking through the very fine-grained tannin. It is a great mix of classic Bordeaux in a modern vintage - one that demands time but is expertly crafted. It is not out of the question to open it now and check in on it, but prepare it with a long decant. This gem will certainly have plentiful upside for the next 10 to 20+ years.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 05, 2015

77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22.5% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc. Probably the best Ive tasted from Anthony and I have been tasting his wines since 1973. Tons of fruit masks the high tannin levels-will age for a very long time. 95 points!Still a superb buy for the cellar. Cb 2015

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2009 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien 12-pack in OWC - 2 available ($1,650.00)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "A major success of the vintage. The wine exhibits extreme richness of the fruit, with all its sweet blackberry flavors. It also has underlying firm structure, density and solid tannins. Bring in the acidity at the end, and this is both impressive and ready for long-term aging. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (02/2012)

96 points Decanter: "This stands out above its sibling estate by some distance in this vintage - in fact I would say that the closing of the gap between Léoville and Langoa has been the biggest marker of the past decade for them. This is a gorgeous 2009 - rich, measured and slow-burning, full of rippling tannins and good acidity and freshness. The gorgeous, subtle smoke notes aligns with St-Julien freshness and elegance, with a punch of power. Great stuff. Drinking Window 2020-2042. (JA)" (02/2019)

96 points James Suckling: "A super-classic St.-Julien that only has a hint of the opulence of the vintage. The beautiful cassis fruit and elegantly dry tannins push briskly through the long and graceful finish." (02/2019)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This is powerful Cabernet, with gutsy weight, but polished feel to the fresh plum, warm blackberry sauce, bittersweet ganache and roasted apple wood notes. Long and tarry through the finish, but still invigorating despite its heft. Will need some time to round fully into form. *Ranked #6 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2012* (JM)" (03/2012)

95 points Vinous: "The 2009 Léoville-Barton has a much better bouquet than the Langoa with better definition and focus: blackberry, raspberry coulis, cedar and touches of graphite that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, lightly spiced with a graphite infused finish that feels very persistent. Drink through 2050. (NM)" (03/2019)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2009 Leoville Barton gives up expressive cherry cordial, warm cassis and blackberry tart scents with nuances of menthol, cigar box and fallen leaves. Medium-bodied and elegantly played with loads of freshness and soft tannins, it has a long, perfumed finish. (LPB)" (03/2019)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

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2009 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac - 6 available ($949.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Mouton-Rothschild is as concentrated as the 2010, but it presents itself in a more consumer-friendly, seductive style. Opulently textured and full-bodied with gorgeous levels of crème de cassis, melted licorice, espresso roast and chocolate, it possesses high but sweet, velvety tannins, massive body, and fabulous purity as well as length. This could turn out to be a candidate for perfection in another 8-10 years. It will drink well for 30-50 years, but will always be much more approachable and charming than its 2010 counterpart. Drink 2022-2065. (RP)" (12/2014)

98 points Decanter: "New oak dominates the nose, but theres ample blackcurranty fruit too; a crunchy black fruits character gives charm too. Suave attack, juicy and succulent, velvety despite the tannins, which are firm but ripe. This is hedonistic stuff, with good structure and acidity too. Relatively forward, but has a lot more to give. Excellent finish, with flair as well as persistence. A gorgeous wine. (SB)" (03/2014)

98 points Vinous: "The 2009 Mouton Rothschild is exceptionally beautiful. A huge, powerful wine, the 2009 possesses stunning richness and radiance, with plenty of underlying structure to support all of that exuberance. Smoke, grilled herbs, tobacco and incense give the 2009 much of its exotic, captivating personality. Seamless, opulent, yet with terrific freshness, the 2009 is sure to thrill those fortunate to own it for several decades. In a word: dazzling. The blend is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot. Harvest took place between September 23 and October 6 in a year marked with dry weather, higher than average temperatures and generous sunshine. (AG) 98+" (05/2016)

98 points James Suckling: "Super fruity and layered with incredible depth and length. Currants, plums, dried strawberries and cherries. Full body, soft and round tannins and gorgeous fruit. Sexy and voluptuous. Better in 2020." (11/2015)

98 points Wine Spectator: "This will always be a great contrast to the dark power of the 2010, sporting lush layers of fig, boysenberry and blackberry confiture, carried by velvety tannins, flowing through a long, anise-, tobacco- and cocoa-fueled finish. Not shy on grip, but much rounder and plusher in feel. Hard to resist now, but there's absolutely no rush. Best from 2020 through 2050. (JM)" (03/2017)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque, almost impenetrable purple-ruby. Closed nose hints at ripe dark plum, cassis, violet, coffee, minerals and ink. Opulent flavors of blackcurrant, minerals and herbs are pure and clean, with harmonious acidity lifting and extending them on the very long, rich, suave finish. This wine has improved considerably since the Primeurs. In fact, this is even more true of the 2010, which makes me think that Mouton may now require extra patience and leeway when it's tasted during the spring following the harvest. Another stellar wine for this property. (ST) 97+" (07/2012)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "The purest Cabernet Sauvignon fruit, with dark chocolate and intense dark berry flavors. The tannins are so enveloped by the fruit and yet they promise great aging. At this stage, wood shows through the fruit, but the texture is so rich and opulent that it should easily become integrated. (RV)" (02/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Philippe Dhalluin: The best vintage I made in my life I prefer subtlety to muscle. Closest to 1945. Barbie to 2010s Ken. 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot. Last vintage made in the old cuverie. Even darker than 2010, and more youthful looking. Blackish crimson. Amazing opulence and richness. So sweet and yet with classic build and tension. Richness and tension. Long. Already enjoyable even if so youthful. 19/20 points (JR)" (07/2015)

K&L Notes: 97 points, Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at the Mouton-Rothschild vertical in London, the 2009 Mouton-Rothschild is a stunning wine. But you know that already. Here I remarked upon its deep co lour vis-a-vis recent vintages. The aromatics have 'firmed up' since I last tasted it, takes a little encouragement from the glass, and then its sheer purity washes across the senses. Blackberry and cold stone notes, bilberry and just a touch of graphite that was less noticeable than before. The palate remains weighty in the mouth, extraordinarily dense and yet still utterly composed and beautifully focused, segueing towards an intense spicy finish. I noticed Philippe Dhalluim almost laughing at the quality of this 2009, such is its pedigree and yet will it eclipse the 2010 Mouton-Rothschild? Time will tell. Magnificent. Tasted May 2016."

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 20, 2019

I tasted this with Florent Fresse, export manager from Chateau Mouton Rothschild when he came to do a staff seminar in Redwood City. The 2009 Chateau Mouton Rothschild lived up to its billing as a super star of a super vintage, and was extremely expressive at 10 years old for a first growth. This is a chocolaty, full blown Cabernet style with deep dark fruit and vanilla aromas and flavors. This wine has lots of body and texture but does not in any way feel ponderous or fat. In fact, it finishes dry, bright and long. It is composed of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12 % Merlot. It was an extraordinary treat.

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2009 Clinet, Pomerol ($349.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Clinet has been on a hot streak lately and the 2009 appears to be the greatest wine ever made at the estate, surpassing even the late Jean-Michel Arcaute's monumental 1989. A blend of 85% Merlot and tiny amounts of Cabernet Franc (12%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (3%), this big Pomerol boasts an opaque, moonless night inky/blue/purple color in addition to a gorgeous perfume of blueberry pie, incense, truffles, black raspberries, licorice and wood smoke. Viscous and multi-dimensional with silky, sweet tannin, massive fruit concentration and full-bodied power, there are nearly 4,000 cases of this thick, juicy, perfect Clinet. (RP)" (02/2012)

96 points Decanter: "Clinet had a relatively high yield of 47hl/ha in 2009, and yet this is concentrated and rich with beautiful density and flesh to the fruit. Its taut and confident yet full of pleasure. You feel the intensity ratchet up across the palate, with dark chocolate, slate and liquorice notes settling in alongside the cassis and blackberry. Owner Ronan Laborde, who arrived in Pomerol as a 23-year-old back in 2003, has just become the new president of the Union de Grands Crus de Bordeaux and is certainly doing his bit for the promotion of the region with this wine. Drinking window 2019 - 2040 (JA)" (02/2019)

96 points James Suckling: "Aromas of dark fruits, hazelnut and dark chocolate, follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins that are polished and refined. Beautiful depth of fruit to this." (02/2012)

95 points Vinous: "The 2009 Clinet has an impressive and complex bouquet with liquorice and truffle infused black fruit, hints of desiccated orange peel and even a dab of honey. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, succulent, and fine tannins (although not as fine as the 2009 La Conseillante) with a dense, precocious and heady finish. There is hedonism here, but it is on a tight leash. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 2009 Bordeaux tasting. (NM)" (03/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Very lush and exotic, boasting plum sauce, crushed fig, warm raspberry confiture and steeped black currant fruit all dripping over a racy but buried graphite spine. The long, dark finish has plenty of stuffing for the long haul. Really beautifully rendered. (JM)" (03/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep medium ruby. Blackberry, blueberry and licorice on the nose, lifted by a violet topnote. At once hefty and penetrating, with lovely depth and breadth to the black fruit flavors. A bit youthfully medicinal today and not yet particularly complex but shows the sweetness of the vintage in spades. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins and excellent length. (ST)" (07/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "So exotic and concentrated and over the top! Long and rich and absolutely gorgeous. Very sweet indeed but with a dry finish. (JR) 19/20 points" (01/2013)

K&L Notes: 96 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown in Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Clinet is showing quite a lot of evolution on the nose with notes of new leather, fried spices and dried herbs over a core of dried mulberries and prunes with a touch of redcurrant jelly. Full-bodied and decadently fruited with loads of mature, savory layers, it has a chewy texture and finishes on a dried herbs note." (03/2019)

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2009 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe ($399.99)

100 points James Suckling: "This is amazing as always with layers of fruit and firm, velvety tannins. Full body, incredible depth of fruit and length. Currants, raspberries and Indian spices. It goes on for minutes. A monumental Cos. Greatest ever from here. Better in five years, but amazing." (11/2015)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Cos d'Estournel features a myriad of wonderfully intense notes, including blackcurrant pastilles, redcurrant jelly, kirsch and blueberry compote with hints of rose hip tea, sautéed herbs, underbrush, pencil shavings and Indian spices. Full-bodied, rich and opulently fruited in the mouth, it has beautifully plush tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing very long and very spicy. Drink 2020-2065. (LPB)" (03/2019)

97 points Wine Spectator: "This shows why everyone loves the vintage. Features a gorgeous display of perfectly melded plum, red currant and blackberry fruit that flows beautifully over very creamy tannins. Still nearly all fruit, with flecks of warm stone and iron on the finish. This could easily sit in this phase for some time, but will be hard to resist. Totally modern and beautifully done. Best from 2020 through 2040. (JM, Web Only-2016)"

K&L Notes: *2.5 Stars* 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. Ripe red currant aromas from the first bottle. The second bottle was much better, with fabulous, rich aromas and tons of super-concentrated red berry flavors. A huge wine, with plenty of alcohol, but balanced and long. (Clyde Beffa, K&L)

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2009 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien ($379.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2009 Ducru-Beaucaillou is pure perfection and a much more sexy, opulent wine compared to the 2010. Crème de cassis, licorice, spice-box, lead pencil shavings and dried flower notes all literally soar from the glass of this incredible wine. Full-bodied, layered, expansive and deep, with sweet, sweet tannin and no hard edges, its already impossible to resist, yet is going to keep for four to five decades. I think the 2010 will be a longer-lived wine, but Im not sure it will ever deliver the opulence or hedonistic pleasure of the 2009. Either way, thats a fun comparison I look forward to having over the coming decades!" (11/2017)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Ducru Beaucaillou will eclipse the brilliant wines produced in 2005, 2003 and 2000. It will be interesting to see how the 2009 fares against the 2010 after 20 years of aging, but my money is on the 2009. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot that achieved 13.5% natural alcohol, this inky purple, unctuous wine possesses classic aromas of graphite, creme de cassis, blueberries, violets, licorice and Christmas fruitcake. Full-bodied and intense with Ducrus inimitable elegance and purity, it should firm up in the bottle after 7-10 years of cellaring and last for 40-50 years. Magnificent! (RP)" (02/2012)

96 points James Suckling: "The purity of fruit is wonderful in this, with plums, currants and hints of fresh mushrooms. Hints of cloves too. Full-bodied, with chewy, creamy tannins and a bright fresh finish. Super energy and intensity. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot." (02/2012)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Big and powerful, structured, with bitter chocolate and blackberry flavors. The wine is dense, the fruit enormous. But it does manage to keep freshness. (RV)" (08/2010)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Features plenty of flash and sizzle, with gorgeous, inviting mocha, espresso and chocolate notes up front, backed by a dense core of plum sauce, cassis, blackberry puree and blueberry reduction accents. Long, showing terrific polish, with a lovely lingering loam note and a buried singed apple wood edge that keeps everything driving through the finish. Best from 2016 through 2035. (JM)" (03/2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Intense mineral high notes complement aromas of cassis, smoke and quinine on the deep, very pure nose. Then seamless and graceful in the mouth, with very smooth, glossy, ripe black fruit and mineral flavors lifted by bright harmonious acidity, which confers a sense of refinement to all the plush fruit. The very long finish shows a persistent note of violet. Though this is an atypically big and creamy Ducru, it manages a precise delivery of archetypical Saint-Julien flavors and refinement. (ST) 95+" (07/2012)

K&L Notes: 95 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Ducru Beaucaillou ‘09 has a classy, sophisticated bouquet with blackberry, dark plum, and a hint of cassis and oyster shell. It displays fine delineation and composure. The palate is medium-bodied with a ripe entry. There is very good weight and structure here, a sense of symmetry and grace that is very appealing. This is one of Bruno Borie’s finest wines" (01/2013)

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 11, 2013

Super-long, with great depth, a plush middle and a ripe, spicy finish. The tannins were fine and well-integrated.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 11, 2013

**½ Intriguing, exotic nose of Asian spices mixed with toasty oak. A very sensual wine, but so different from the Ducrus of past great vintages. Satin-textured with a lingering finish.

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2009 L'Église Clinet, Pomerol - 9 available ($399.99)

97-100 points Wine Spectator: "The nose on this already suggests a deep and contemplative wine with blackberry, dried flowers and sweet berries. Evolves to black olive and hints of asphalt. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and tangy, rich fruit. It really grabs hold of you and wants to tell you it's special. Loads of ripe tannins too. Big and structured. Turns to tapenade. (JS, Web-2010)"

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Proprietor Denis Durantou has produced a blockbuster Pomerol from a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, tipping the scales at just over 14.5% natural alcohol. A riveting wine, pure, elegant, but at the same time, extremely powerful and concentrated, with stunning texture, opulence and density, the tannins are abundant, and the wine certainly in need of a decade of cellaring. Fabulous creme de cassis and cherry liqueur notes are intertwined with hints of licorice, truffle, and graphite. Full and rich, but still in an infantile state of development, this wine needs to be cellared for 10 years but should keep for five decades or more. This 2009 is absolutely profound. (RP) 99+" (02/2012)

97 points James Suckling: "Wonderful aromas of crushed blackberries and blueberries and spices. Rose petals. Full body, with soft and velvety tannins and a juicy, fruity finish. Beautiful layers of tannins, with hints of acidity. Best after 2017." (02/2012)

97 points Vinous: "The 2009 LÉglise-Clinet has a wonderful, entrancing bouquet with black cherries, truffle, crushed stone and pressed rose petals that blossoms with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a silver bead of acidity, fresh and poised with touches of truffle and graphite towards the finish. Sheer class from Mon. Durantou. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 2009 Bordeaux tasting. (NM)" (03/2019)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium ruby. Essence-of-Merlot aromas of bitter cherry, bluberry, boysenberry, dark chocolate, licorice and spices, lifted by a whiff of violet. Dense, thick and sweet, with a saline nuance to the seamless flavors of dark berries, licorice and spices. Wonderfully sweet, subtle and long, finishing with substantial building tannins and a medicinal reserve that bodes well for a slow and graceful evolution in bottle. A great vintage for this estate. (ST) 95+" (04/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Much paler than the Clinet. Very evolved and complex. Almost cheekily fresh and rhubarb. SO different! Crisp! Probably picked weeks earlier than Clinet next door. Racy but very different from the 2009 norm. Racy. I probably wouldn't guess 2009 blind. 17.5/20 points (JR)" (03/2013)

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2009 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan - 9 available ($239.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The red wine flight was a colossal showing for the 2009s, with perfect wines from Cos d'Estournel, La Mission Haut-Brion, Smith Haut Lafitte, Pape Clément and Haut-Brion. These amazing wines are not only showing their individual, singular terroir characteristics at age six, but the luxurious, extravagant richness and body of this vintage...One expects the Mission Haut-Brion, Haut-Brion and Pape Clément to hit the highest points in a vintage like this - and they did. (RP, in Hedonist's Gazette)" (04/2016)

98 points James Suckling: "Wonderful aromas of plums and blueberries and flowers. Full-bodied with plums, stones, hazelnuts and milk chocolate, and a long, long finish. Marvelous. Best ever." (08/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and muscular, with exotic roasted spice, braised fig and warm raspberry confiture notes that are supported by a broad baseline of dark cocoa, tar and freshly brewed espresso. Not shy about its modernity, but everything is in place. Just needs to settle in with cellaring. Best from 2015 through 2030. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. *Highly Recommended* (JM)" (03/2012)

93 points Decanter: "Aromas of creamy elegance, with haunting bayleaf notes. On the palate, the wine has both plushness and perfume, lifted by soft, succulent acidity. The brocaded flowers, chocolate and fine orange peels are exotic and hard to resist, yet it's elegant to the last. Drinking window 2015-2025. (AJ)" (12/2015)

K&L Notes: 99 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown in Wine Advocate: "Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2009 Pape Clement struts flamboyantly out of the glass, featuring beautifully opulent preserved black fruits, Morello cherries and Chinese five spice with underlying notions of truffles, iron ore and tobacco plus a waft of sandalwood. Full-bodied, the voluptuous fruit has a firm foundation of super ripe, grainy tannins and bags of freshness supporting layer upon layer of black fruit, exotic spices and earth-laced flavors, finishing very long." (3/2019)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 24, 2012

*½+ Less expensive than their 2005! 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. Red berry fruit. This is very rich on the palate. Smooth and long. At UGC: New wave nose and flavors. Very sweet palate impression. Earthy finish.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 24, 2012

Strong and masculine, with lots of coffee flavors.

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2009 d'Yquem, Sauternes ($579.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pale to medium gold colored, the 2009 d'Yquem bursts from the glass with gregarious crème caramel, allspice, dried apricots, mandarin peel and pineapple upside down cake scents plus a fragrant undercurrent of fungi, acacia honey, candied ginger, musk perfume and frangipani. Full-bodied and full-on hedonic in the mouth, the rich, tightly wound layers are still amazingly youthful with bags of citrus sparks and an incredibly long, perfumed finish. Possessing a residual sugar of 157 grams per liter and 13.6% alcohol as well as a laser-focused line of freshness, the rock-solid structure and through-the-roof opulence here is simply mind blowing. Pure perfection. (LPB)" (03/2019)

97-100 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(a blend of 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon...155 g/l residual sugar): Bright gold-tinged lemon-yellow. Enticingly fresh aromas of white flowers, honey, orange and fresh apricot, with suggestions of coconut and candied orange peel. Enters the mouth suave and wonderfully pure, with nectar-like flavors of peach, orange and pineapple complicated by a hint of smoky botrytis. Though extremely rich and concentrated, laser-like acidity gives this remarkable Sauternes a seamless, penetrating, mineral quality on the extremely long, silky finish. Its superb inner-palate energy and near-perfect balance suggest that it will evolve very slowly and go on for decades. A very sleek and refined yet impressively concentrated Yquem that remains amazingly light on its feet. A great example not just of the vintage but of the Pierre Lurton style, and quite different from the more showy and opulent wines made under the direction of Alexandre de Lur Saluces. (ID)" (04/2010)

98-100 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel sample. The aromas are so rich and powerful, with great ripe apricots. There are honey, spice and beautiful sweet spiced pears. This is an extraordinary wine in an extraordinary year in Sauternes. (RV)" (08/2010)

98-100 points John Gilman: "... the most magical young vintage of this wine that I can ever recall tasting. Its beauty in 09 lies in its haunting elegance and refined complexity at such an early age, which seems to me to be the barometer by which Yquem should be judged, as power is never an issue with this great terroir. The bouquet is absolutely fabulous, as it soars from the glass in an almost delicate mélange of fresh-cut pineapple, tangerine, an exotic touch of banana, acacia blossoms, a gloriously complex base of chalky soil, orange zest, delicate notes of honeycomb, a bit of pink grapefruit and an esthery topnote of bee pollen. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, very pure and remarkably light on its feet, with perfect focus and balance, superb acids and simply stunning length and grip. I hope the wine does not pick up too much oak from its stay in barrel, as while there will be no issue with the depth of this wine supporting its oak, to risk losing some of this kaleidoscopic complexity to wood tones would be near tragic. A magical Yquem and probably the finest wine made in Bordeaux in 2009. (Drink between 2020-2100)" (04/2010)

98 points James Suckling: "The length to this is exceptional with an intensity yet subtlety. Full and medium sweet with bright and exciting acidity. It's all in balance here. Creme brulee, pineapple, and papaya. Lasts so long on finish. It's so fabulous now. It will age forever but it's already a joy to taste, even drink." (04/2012)

98 points Wine Spectator: "The aromas are closed today, but the core is loaded with apricot, nectarine and orange notes, bolted by a citrus zest spine and backed by toasted almond and piecrust accents on the finish. A large-scale Yquem that shows the richness of the vintage.--Non-blind Yquem vertical (July 2014). Best from 2020 through 2050. (JM, Web-2014)"

K&L Notes: 80% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc.

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2009 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac 2018 Ex-Chateau Release ($289.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "2009 had a very hot, dry summer with a little rain in mid to late September. The wines are rich, opulent and generously fruited, approachable when young, though they have the substance to age beautifully. This is no exception. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 Les Forts de Latour is very spicy on the nose, strutting star anise, fenugreek and cumin seed notions over a core of crème de cassis, violets, plum preserves and blueberry compote with a waft of camphor. The palate is full-bodied, rich, opulent and wonderfully velvety in the mouth with a very long, multilayered finish. (LPB)" (02/2019)

95 points James Suckling: "The aromas are so floral, with currants and blueberries as well. Succulent. Full and very balanced, with super velvety tannins and a long and lovely finish. Frederic Engerer, president of Latour, uses the word "succulent" to describe it. Hes right. I like the word gorgeous as well. Try in 2018, but hard not to drink." (02/2012)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Mint aromas hint at the wood, but more important is the massive Merlot fruit that is an essential element in the blend. The result is a wine that blends richness and power with an initially severe character. Slowly it opens to reveal opulent blackberry jam flavors, immensely ripe. (RV)" (02/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator: "This has purity and precision, with mouthwatering blackberry, black currant and steeped plum fruit racing along, nicely laced with graphite and studded with enticing ganache and iron notes through the finish. Sleek, but the grip is there. (JM)" (03/2012)

91 points Vinous: "The 2009 Les Forts de Latour shows the richness of the vintage in its dark, slightly roasted flavors. Ample and sumptuous in the glass, the 2009 drinks well now, but it also gives the impression of limited upside, so I would not hang on to it for more than a handful of years. Mocha, espresso, dark fruit and spices add to a feeling of weight and power. (AG)" (07/2016)

90-91 points John Gilman: "The 2009 Forts de Latour is the spitting image of the grand vin, as it is deep, pure complex, broad-shouldered and quite structured. The bouquet is a very fine, quite reserved mélange of black cherries, dark berries, tobacco leaf, a great base of complex, gravelly soil tones and cedary wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and tight, with a rock solid core of fruit, plenty of ripe tannins, very good acidity for the vintage and a very long, firm and classy finish. A superb Forts de Latour in the making (Drink between 2022-2050) 90-91+" (09/2017)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Pungently fragrant aromas of blackcurrant and cedar complicated by quinine and bay leaf. Rich, dense and suave, with rather brooding flavors of blackberry, plum liqueur, aromatic herbs and forest floor. This has shut down since the Primeurs and will need patience. Lacks only the generosity of the grand vin but should be outstanding. And it's a remarkable second wine. (ST) 90+" (07/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Mellow and lively. Very sweet start. Big and bold. Perhaps very slightly richer than the ideal Forts. Not as obviously Pauillac. Lots of pleasure but still quite a bit of tannin. 17.5/20 points (JR)" (04/2016)

K&L Notes: **+ Big and rich. Great balance and lots of depth. At the property: Pepper and spice and everything nice. Lively, fresh and vibrant. An excellent second wine. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. In 2011, Robert Parker called this "Possibly the best second wine ever made at Latour"