Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2009 St-Émilion Tasting Lot, including 1-bottle of 2009 Clos de l'Oratoire, St-Emilion (94WS, 93JS, 93RP, 91ST) and 1-bottle of 2009 Fleur Cardinale, St-Émilion (94RP, 93JS, 93WS, 92DC, 92ST). Of the 2009 Clos de l'Oratoire, St-Emilion,Wine Spectator writes: "This is very suave, with mocha and smoldering tobacco flavors laced with fig, plum and blackberry notes. A flash of sweet tapenade and iron helps extend the finish, which has lovely latent minerality. This shows great restraint, considering its power of fruit. Best from 2015 through 2027. (JM)" (03/2012)
This lot contains the following items:
2009 Clos de l'Oratoire, St-Emilion (qty: 1)
2009 Fleur Cardinale, St-Émilion (qty: 1)
This is very suave, with mocha and smoldering tobacco flavors laced with fig, plum and blackberry notes. A flash of sweet tapenade and iron helps extend the finish, which has lovely latent minerality. This shows great restraint, considering its power of fruit. Best from 2015 through 2027. (JM)
Wild nose of flowers, sweet tobacco and ripe fruit, follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Firm tannins, yet fresh finish. Try after 2018.
A flamboyant St.-Emilion, this largely-Merlot blend displays notes of Christmas fruitcake, cedar wood, tobacco leaf, and loads of black currant and blackberry fruit. A showy, extravagantly concentrated, hedonistic style of St.-Emilion, with some wood smoke and roasted herbs adding nuance to the full-throttle aromatics and long, lush, silky flavors, this wine can be drunk now or cellared for up to 15+ years. (RP)
Bright ruby-red. Cherry, cola and sandalwood on the expressive nose. Densely packed, unctuous and sweet, with powerful spice shop lift to its cherry fruit. Quite suave in texture and very long on the back end, finishing with substantial dusty, oak-driven tannins. A knockout for this property. (ST)
Energetic, very ripe fruit with no severity on the finish. Lots of drive.
A good value among over-achieving St.-Emilion estates is La Fleur Cardinale’s 2009. Composed of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, some of the abrasive tannins noticeable early on in this big wine (14.5% alcohol) are now sweeter and better integrated. Made from tiny yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare, this is a concentrated, rich effort revealing lots of black cherry and black currant fruit as well as a fragrant, firm, full-bodied personality. (RP)
Wow. Blueberry, minerals, oyster shell and black chocolate aromas. Full body, with velvety tannins and juicy finish. Delicious and succulent.
This delivers the textbook panoply of blueberry, plum and blackberry fruit of the appellation, with a lush, creamy mouthfeel and a long licorice- and sweet toast-filled finish. Along with the suave fruit, there's latent grip that should mellow nicely with midterm cellaring. (JM)
Plump raspberry and blueberry fruits on the nose alongside liquorice and black chocolate – with some added concentration in the glass from the low yield of 33hl/ha. There’s just a touch of heat on the finish, but it gets overtaken with a glossy cigar and mocha finish if you leave it in the glass for a good 15 minutes. Beautiful texture, this feels full and generous and is holding on extremely well at 10 years old. (JA)
Slightly high-toned aromas of kirsch, blackberry and licorice. Thick and sweet but juicy, with some superripe qualities leavened by nicely integrated acidity. Densely packed and loaded with fruit. Big, sexy and long, finishing with ripe tannins and a note of nutty oak. (ST)