From 60 year old vines in a rocky, clay-rich site, and tasted from barrel, the Bretons' 2009 Bourgueil Les Perrieres exudes sweet, musky perfume of peony, heliotrope, and narcissus, with black raspberry and cassis scents leading to a richly-fruited, polished, incipiently creamy palate that at the same time preserves levity and refreshment. Hints of black tea, walnut oil, and crushed stone add further allure. There is density and structure at the heart of this, but it’s tannins are superbly refined and sublimated. It's so lovely now that I have to wonder about its not being destined for bottling until September, 2011, but the 2005 was certainly not handicapped by comparably long elevage. And if this makes it into bottle preserving and perhaps even enhancing its present virtues, it ought to be worth following for a decade. (90-91+)
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