This isn't shy about its toast, with espresso and licorice snap notes leading the way, but there's vibrant acidity driving the sweet plum and fig fruit along, with a good mineral twinge on the finish. Drink now.
Soleil, from the backwater satellite appellation of Puisseguin St. Emilion, has turned out a soft, round, consumer-friendly 2009 with lots of strawberry and black cherry fruit as well as hints of underbrush and cedar. It is a sexy, full-throttle, silky smooth wine to drink over the next 3-4 years. The final blend was 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the consultant here is Stefan von Neipperg.
(80% merlot with 10% each cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc): Good full ruby-red. Black cherry, minerals and tobacco on the nose, plus a whiff of tobacco. Lush and sweet but also energetic, with an intriguing element of saline minerality giving lift to the middle palate. Expressive already: the sweet tannins and integrated acidity will not get in the way of enjoying this persistent wine right now. Showed a touch of finishing greenness with air but displays good lift.
Barrel sample. Finely structured wine, plenty of black fruits behind the acidity. Plums, figs and bitter chocolate.
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