Subskription 2011
Letzte Einträge - Bordeaux Subskription 2011
Donnerstag, 26.03.2010 - Die ersten 2009er Bewertungen des WineSpectators
Die ersten 2009er Bewertungen von James Suckling sprechen eine (zu) deutliche Sprache:

APPELLATION MARGAUX:
CHÂTEAU MALESCOT-ST.-EXUPÉRY Margaux 2009 Score: 97-100
This is absolutely fabulous. I love the complex aromas of ripe fruit and fresh flowers that turn to mineral and raspberry, along with tannins on the finish. This changes all the time. Full-bodied and dense, but so beautiful and long. The layers of ultrafine tannins just turn off the tip of your tongue. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU MARGAUX Margaux 2009 Score: 96-99
The nose is so intensely fruity, but subtle and reserved at the same time. Fascinating. Full-bodied, yet superrefined, building on the palate. It's like watching a long-distance runner starting off slowly but continuing along his or her path. Fine and dense tannins. A few minutes in the glass and the massive tannins show. Muscular and subdued. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU PALMER Margaux 2009 Score: 95-98
Loaded with exotic fruit, with masses of crushed blackberry and blueberry. Superclear and fruit forward. Full and velvety, with fresh acidity and a long, long finish. This is almost in your face, but reserved in a way. Superseductive. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU RAUZAN-SÉGLA Margaux 2009 Score: 93-96
Shows a lovely concentration of currant and blackberry. Hints of vanilla follow through to a full body, with layers of ripe fruit and fine, fruit-coated tannins. I love the ripe and pretty fruit to this. Very fruit-forward. The château cut back on the new wood, and went for a fruitier style. I like that. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU GISCOURS Margaux 2009 Score: 92-95
Subtle and pretty on the nose, with blueberry, blackberry and hints of flowers. Full and very fine, showing a beautiful texture of polished tannins. Wonderfully long and balanced. 53 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 7 percent Cabernet Franc, and the rest is Merlot. —J.S.

PAVILLON ROUGE DU CHÂTEAU MARGAUX Margaux 2009 Score: 90-93
Love the strawberry and ripe raspberry aromas. Full-bodied, with superrefined tannins, berry, flower and rose petal. Fresh finish. Harmonious. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU PALMER Margaux Alter Ego 2009 Score: 88-91
Love the gorgeous red fruits in this wine. It seems a little Porty, with prune and blackberry character, but so soft, round and rich. Could use a little more in the center palate, but opulent and generous. A little hot. 50 percent Merlot and 50 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU DU TERTRE Margaux 2009 Score: 88-91
Floral and perfumed, with blackberry and blueberry. Full and silky, with a lovely finish. Balanced. Lovely chocolaty character and texture. Big improvement. 55 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 22 percent Merlot, 15 percent Cabernet Franc and 8 percent Petit Verdot. —J.S.

APPELLATION MEDOC & HAUT-MEDOC:
GOULÉE Médoc 2009 Score: 88-91
Delicious red fruits and spices on the nose and palate. Full- to medium-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long finish. Layered. Subtle. Very pretty wine. Perhaps the best I have had from here. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU BERNADOTTE Haut-Médoc 2009 Score: 87-90
A solid core of fruit in this young claret, with blackberry and chocolate character, medium body and medium finish. Dense and straightforward. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU POTENSAC Médoc 2009 Score: 87-90
Intense aromas of currant and blackberry, with hints of licorice, follow through to a full body, with a balance of tannins and a spearmint and mineral aftertaste. —J.S.

CHAPELLE DE POTENSAC Médoc 2009 Score: 83-86
A simple and fruity wine with currant and raspberry character, medium tannins, simple finish. Second wine of Potensac. —J.S.

APPELLATION PAUILLAC:
CHÂTEAU LATOUR Pauillac 2009 Score: 97-100
This is incredibly floral on the nose, with violet and lilac as well as dark and ripe raspberry and blueberry. Full-bodied, with a dense and incredibly rich palate yet held back and in reserve. Such precision and beauty. It lasts for minutes on the palate. This reminds me of the 1990, but better made and better raised. It is really the style of Latour, where the tannins grab you at the end. This will most likely be a perfect wine. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU MOUTON-ROTHSCHILD Pauillac 2009 Score: 97-100
I am speechless over the nose in this wine. Mint, blackberry, currant and black licorice turn to flowers such as lilacs and roses. Wow. It fills your mouth with the same fruit, but with an intensity of superpolished tannins. It finishes with complex yet reserved coffee, toasted oak and ripe fruit and then in two or three minutes it becomes milk chocolate. Just a joy to taste. Best Mouton since 1982 or 1986; in fact, it's like a bend of the two. A perfect Mouton? 88 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 12 percent Merlot. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD Pauillac 2009 Score: 96-99
Offers currant and wild raspberry, with a lilac and exotic character on the nose, turning to sweet tobacco and cedar. Full-bodied, showing very racy tannins and a balance of pretty fruit. This is powerful yet elegant, almost delicate, with a wonderful polish. But then the tannins take off. Muscular yet agile. A very classic Bordeaux style. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU PICHON-LONGUEVILLE-LALANDE Pauillac 2009 Score: 95-98
Wow. This has an incredible complexity on the nose of currant, spice, mineral and flowers. Full-bodied, with a great density of fruit and tannins, yet polished and beautiful. This could be the new 1982 from here. Made from 75 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 percent Merlot and 5 percent Petit Verdot. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU PONTET-CANET Pauillac 2009 Score: 95-98
Delivers aromas of blueberry skin, fresh flowers, licorice and raspberry sauce, with something exotic underneath it all. Full-bodied, with wonderful clarity and freshness. It's like looking at a full moon on a crystal-clear night in the country. This keeps coming at you, with tannins and ripe fruit. What balance, yet power to the wine. I love how the wine changes and challenges you with every sip. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU CLERC MILON Pauillac 2009 Score: 93-96
Delivers blackberry galore, with fabulous floral and currant undertones. Complex on the nose. Full-bodied, offering chewy tannins and lots of black licorice and currant character. Chewy, but reserved at the same time. A top Clerc. 50 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 44 percent Merlot, 4 percent Cabernet Franc, 1 percent Petit Verdot and 1 percent Carmenère. —J.S.

LES FORTS DE LATOUR Pauillac 2009 Score: 92-95
Violet and mineral, with hints of blackberry and blueberry on the nose. Full-bodied, with superreserved and refined tannins, yet dense and very impressive. Long and racy. Lasts for minutes. Second wine of Latour. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU PICHON-LONGUEVILLE-BARON Pauillac 2009 Score: 92-95
Loads of currant and blackberry, with mineral and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with ultrafine, very long tannins. Really builds on the palate. A racy style, with excellent length. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU D'ARMAILHAC Pauillac 2009 Score: 91-94
Love the minty, floral and dark berry aromas to this young wine. Full-bodied, with supe fine and polished tannins. Long and racy. Wonderful texture. Perhaps the best d'Armailhac ever. 60 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 24 percent Merlot, 14 percent Cabernet Franc and 2 percent Petit Verdot. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU DUHART-MILON ROTHSCHILD Pauillac 2009 Score: 91-94
Intense aromas of currant and blackberry, with hints of toasted oak and flowers. Full-bodied, with thick and powerful tannins that are polished and racy. A persistent young wine. —J.S.

LE PETIT MOUTON DE MOUTON-ROTHSCHILD Pauillac 2009 Score: 90-93
Impressive aromas of mint, mineral and black fruits follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and persistent finish. Dense and well-structured. 63 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 22 percent Merlot and 15 percent Cabernet Franc. —J.S.

CARRUADES DE LAFITE ROTHSCHILD Pauillac 2009 Score: 89-92
Sweet berry and currant on the nose, with hints of cedar and sandalwood. Full-bodied, with wonderful milk ciocolate and berry character. Long and supersilky. Love the balance to this. Slightly green tea aromas and flavors at the finish hold me back a little. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU PIBRAN Pauillac 2009 Score: 89-92
This is well-structured with lots of fruit and rich tannins. No nonsense. Powerful. Best in years. —J.S.

RÉSERVE DE LA COMTESSE Pauillac 2009 Score: 88-91
Currants and flowers on the nose. Dried spices as well. Full-bodied, with silky yet chewy tannins and a long finish. Dense and solid. Second wine of Pichon-Lalande. —J.S.

LES TOURELLES DE LONGUEVILLE Pauillac 2009 Score: 88-91
Currants and berries on the nose, with very pretty fruit. Medium- to full-bodied, with firm tannins and a medium finish. Second wine of Pichon-Baron. —J.S.

PAUILLAC DE CHÂTEAU LATOUR Pauillac 2009 Score: 87-90
Superfocused blackberry and violet aromas follow through to a full body, with plenty of dense fruit and chewy tannins. Medium to long finish. This is precise and well done. Third wine of Latour. —J.S.

APPELLATION PESSAC-LEOGNAN:

CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION Pessac-Léognan 2009 Score: 97-100
A dark and brooding wine, delivering blackberry, black licorice, mahogany, subtle grilled meat and raspberry jam. Full-bodied, with layers of ripe and chewy tannins. Loads of fruit yet subtle and reserved, and a long, long finish. Super fruit, yet held back. A 2005 in the remaking, but perhaps slightly supercharged. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU LA MISSION-HAUT-BRION Pessac-Léognan 2009 Score: 94-97
Shows juicy aromas of ripe Cabernet Sauvignon and currant, with hints of forest fruits and sandalwood. Full-bodied, offering chewy, mouthcoating tannins that are fruit-coated and velvety. Dense and powerful. A little subdued. Could be better than I think. —J.S.

DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Pessac-Léognan 2009 Score: 93-96
Shows a super nose of crushed blueberry and blackberry, with hints of raspberry. Full-bodied, offering a fabulous core of fruit and ripe tannins that caress your palate for minutes. Love the chocolate and blueberry character. Wonderful texture. —J.S.

LA CHAPELLE DE LA MISSION-HAUT-BRION Pessac-Léognan 2009 Score: 90-93
A structured young red with blueberry, toasted oak and coffee aromas and flavors. Full and silky, with ripe tannins and beautiful fruit. Long and flavorful. Second wine of La Mission. —J.S.

LE CLARENCE DE HAUT-BRION Pessac-Léognan 2009 Score: 90-93
Violets and berries on the nose, with just a whiff of cream and vanilla. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and gorgeous fruit. Caressing, silky finish. The renamed second wine of Haut-Brion (used to be Bahans). —J.S.

CHÂTEAU LESPAULT-MARTILLAC Pessac-Léognan 2008 Score: 90-93
Blackberry with mineral and fresh flowers on the nose. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a delicious finish. Lovely core of fruit. A new winery of 20 acres of mostly 50-year-old Merlot from the owners of Domaine de Chevalier. —J.S.

APPELLATION POMEROL:
CHÂTEAU NENIN Pomerol 2009 Score: 93-96
What a nose of raspberry jam and violets. Amazingly rich and ripe, yet balanced and elegant. Full-bodied, with layers of ripe tannins and wonderfully ripe fruit. Opulent and sexy. Best since the 1950s? —J.S.

FUGUE DE NENIN Pomerol 2009 Score: 88-91
Supergrapey and rich, with blackberry and mineral. Some licorice. Full-bodied, with juicy tannins and a pretty, grapey finish. Second wine of Nenin. —J.S.

APPELLATION ST. ESTEPHE:
CHÂTEAU COS-D'ESTOURNEL St.-Estèphe 2009 Score: 97-100
This smells like Harlan a bit. Supercharged in fruit, with intense aromas of tar, spice, cardamon, clove, blackberry and black pepper. Crazy nose. Full-bodied, with masses of fruit, yet focused and in form. Chewy tannins, with great length. This goes on and on. Incredibly exotic. Could be best ever from here? —J.S.

CHÂTEAU MONTROSE St.-Estèphe 2009 Score: 97-100
Big and structured, delivering wild aromas of Indian spices, crushed berry, sweet tobacco and coffee. Full-bodied, with loads of velvety, chewy tannins and a long spicy finish. The château says this is like the 1990, but I think it could be even better. It's certainly better made. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU CALON-SÉGUR St.-Estèphe 2009 Score: 93-96
Delivers gorgeous aromas of blackberry, blueberry and licorice, with hints of tobacco and spice. Full-bodied, offering a lovely texture and refinement. Very long and beautiful, with tangy acidity and lively fruit. A rich, yet very balanced, Calon. This is almost all Cabernet Sauvignon instead of the normal blend with 40 percent Merlot. The château is now using 100 percent new wood. Like the changes. —J.S.

LES PAGODES DE COS St.-Estèphe 2009 Score: 90-93
Wow. Intense aromas of blackberry, toasted nuts and spices follow through to full body, with layers of fruit and wonderful length. Very, very impressive. For a second wine, this is quite the glassful. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU HAUT-BEAUSÉJOUR St.-Estèphe 2009 Score: 89-92
Blueberry and spices on the nose. Full-bodied, with a lovely density of fruit and silky tannins. Long and rich. Best wine ever from here? 60 percent Merlot and 40 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU TRONQUOY-LALANDE St.-Estèphe 2009 Score: 89-92
Mineral, with raspberry and blueberry on the nose. Full and powerful, with a lovely ripe tannin structure and a long raspberry finish. Same owners as Montrose and same winemaker, Jean Delmas. —J.S.

LA DAME DE MONTROSE St.-Estèphe 2009 Score: 88-91
Aromas of berries, currant and citrus fruit follow through to a full body, with firm and chewy tannins and a medium finish. A little hollow in the midpalate. Second wine of Montrose. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU DE PEZ St.-Estèphe 2009 Score: 86-89
A straightforward wine with spicy fruit and a medium body. Medium finish. We will see. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU TRONQUOY DE ST.-ANNE St.-Estèphe 2009 Score: 85-88
Chocolate and berry character on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with a soft tannin structure and light finish. Second wine of Tronquoy. —J.S.

APPELLATION ST. JULIEN:
CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE LAS CASES St.-Julien 2009 Score: 97-100
Black color. What a nose. Black licorice, raspberry, currant and dried flowers galore. Full-bodied and superpowerful, with masses of fruit and toasted oak, but a blockbuster finish of fruit, tannins and everything else. I have never tasted such a flashy sample. I am blown away by this. A more fruit-forward style for Las Cases. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU St.-Julien 2009 Score: 96-99
This has an impressive powerful and hearty structure, with seductive floral, currant and licorice aromas and flavors, showing powerful tannins at the end. This sneaks up on you at the end. Structured and very, very powerful. The blockbuster tannins are sweet and fruit-coated. This is a classic, powerful style of Ducru. May be best yet. Wow. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE BARTON St.-Julien 2009 Score: 92-95
Licorice, berry, grape and currant on the nose turns to crushed fruit. Full-bodied, with very fine tannins, pretty fruit, currant and mineral. A balanced and pretty wine. Not quite the intensity and blockbuster style of the 2005, but excellent. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU LANGOA BARTON St.-Julien 2009 Score: 90-93
Opulent blackberry aromas. Lovely jam, but fresh. Full-bodied and rich. This wine sneaks up on you and follows on the end with lots of chewy tannins. Balanced and round. —J.S.

CLOS DU MARQUIS St.-Julien 2009 Score: 89-92
Raspberry and wild currant on the nose. Full-bodied, with superfine tannins and a long, pretty finish. Plenty of currant and mineral character. Builds on the finish. Tannic. —J.S.

CROIX DE BEAUCAILLOU St.-Julien 2009 Score: 89-92
Rose, mineral, currant and berries on the nose. Full-bodied, with firm and chewy tannins and a long finish. Polished and pretty. Could use a little bit more in the center palate, but very good indeed. Second wine of Ducru. —J.S.

LE PETIT LION St.-Julien 2008 Score: 88-91
Currants on toasted bread character on the nose and palate. Medium- to full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a medium finish. Balanced and attractive. This is the new second wine from Las Cases. —J.S.

CHÂTEAU LALANDE-BORIE St.-Julien 2009 Score: 87-90
Wonderful aromas of flowers such as roses. Full-bodied, with firm and precise tannins. Fresh fruit, with a citrus undertone. Medium finish. —J.S.
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