2009 Chateau Boyd-Cantenac

Year: 2009
Appellation: Margaux
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"Espresso and smoke notes frame cherry and plum flavors in this firm, focused red, which has firm tannins and fresh acidity, but turns a bit lean and herbal on the finish. Best from 2014 through 2020." (WS)

"The dense purple-hued 2009 exhibits a beautiful nose of blueberry liqueur, acacia flowers, licorice, graphite and wood smoke. Flowery and elegant as well as exceptionally pure, medium to full-bodied, admirably concentrated and rich, it is a big Margaux, but does not lose any of the typicity one expects of wines from this area, which tend to be slightly more elegant and less muscular than the St.-Juliens, Pauillacs and St.-Estephes made further north. Given its tannin profile, the 2009 Boyd-Cantenac requires 5-8 years of cellaring and should last for three decades.

This property merits far more attention than it normally receives. While the production at Boyd-Cantenac does not match that of Margaux’s larger estates, this estate consistently over-achieves." (WA)