2009 Chateau Lucia

Year: 2009
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94-97
Wine Advocate: 92
Jeff Leve: 89-91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"Violets and dark berries, with loads of aromas. Full-bodied, with a gorgeous core of sweet and ripe fruit. Long and dense, yet stylish. 10 acres. Next to Clos Fortet. 90 percent Merlot and 10 percent Cabernet Franc. Score range: 94-97 –JS " (WS)

"From a tiny, sort of garagiste estate, this very front-end loaded, flattering style of St.-Emilion, cropped at 25 hectoliters per hectare, can boast Stephane Derenoncourt as its consultant. An enormously appealing style of wine with a dark plum/purple color to the rim, its sweet kiss of subtle oak intermixed with Asian spice, plum sauce, black cherries and black currants pushes some of the oak to the background. Plump, opulent, low in acidity and very sexy, this wine can be drunk over the next decade or more." (WA)

"2009 Lucia comes from a 3.06-hectare vineyard, part of it planted in 1901. The soils are clay and limestone. The vineyard yielded only 25 hls/ha. The wine is 90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc . With its dark fruit, licorice, and mineral driven personality, Lucia finishes with fleshy dark cherries and anise. 89-91 Pts 90 points - Tasted Jun 28, 2010" (JL)

Winery Notes:
The owner of Lucia, Michel Bortolussi, got his start in the Bordeaux wine business by selling equipment needed to make wine to all the top producers and wine makers in Bordeaux. But his strongest customer base were the numerous chateaux located in the Saint Emilion appellation. Michel Bortolussi felt, if so many of his customers could produce great wine, so could he. One of his top clients was the famous wine consultant, Stephane Derenoncourt . That relationship was the start of Lucia.