2009 Chateau Le Carre

Year: 2009
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 97
Vinous Media: 91
James Suckling: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Red Wine
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"This is densely layered, displaying a creamy edge that makes the plum sauce, roasted fig and blackberry paste flavors seem accessible now, but the dense bittersweet cocoa and blueberry reduction notes add grip on the finish, and will require cellaring to meld fully. Best from 2014 through 2026. 300 cases made." (WS)

"Achieving nearly 15% natural alcohol (one of the highest of the Jonathan Maltus St. Emilion estates) , this blend of approximately 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc is from vineyards that sit on limestone soils near Clos Fourtet, an area that performed brilliantly in 2009. Inky purple, with notes of graphite, vanillin, blackberry and cassis as well as crushed rock and floral notes, the wine has breathtaking extravagance and a luxuriant fruit quality that simply has to be tasted to be believed. Phenomenally rich, full-bodied, and brilliantly poised and well-balanced, this is a tour de force in winemaking and a colossal Le Carre, the finest Jonathan Maltus has yet produced. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028." (WA)

"(80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc) Deep ruby. Aromas of ripe black cherry, mocha and licorice. Soft, supple and sweet on entry, with flavors of dark plum, cassis and sassafras nicely lifted by a flinty mineral note. Finishes quite long, with a hint of lead pencil. This is deeper and sweeter than the Les Asteries, also in the Jonathan Maltus portfolio, and much more satisfying than the comparatively strict '08 Le Carre. This wine is made from a parcel of vines that used to be a part of Laforge, located on thick clay over "normal" limestone (not the super-hard calcaire a asteries that gives Les Asteries its name)." (VM)

"Blueberries and plums, with hints of sweet tobacco and orange peel follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a lightly toasted oak undertone and ripe fruit. Excellent wine from the same owners as Le Dome. Try after 2016." (JS)

"Low yields give a very concentrated wine, with the darkest tannins and black fruits. It’s a powerhouse of ripeness, spiced with wood and layered with acidity. As it ages, it will show a rich roundness, the tannins integrating into the open texture." (WE)