Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Château Le Prieuré Grand Cru Classé de Saint-Émilion 2009 Bordeaux

Château Le Prieuré Grand Cru Classé de Saint-Émilion 2009 Bordeaux, $52.69-$61.99, 95+ points, pure and simply the best Bordeaux I've had as of yet (not much experience there)! A pure Bordeaux color of dense black currant and crushed blackberries, black at the core and trending violet toward the clear rim makes for a spectacular appearance.
There's a plethora of pleasure on the nose, and just as if I told you that "this" bouquet of roses trimmed with fresh cinnamon is lovely, you'll only know when you experience it (I'm not even going to begin a list for you).
Full bodied with perfect food-binding acidity and tender, but persistent and escalating tannin carries a rich layering of blackberry, boysenberry, black currant, plum, dried herbs and licorice, all trailing and transmuting into a fine long finish of  spice.
We were having a rich chicken stew for supper, and I just grabbed this bottle (didn't even know what I had grabbed), when we were astounded by the quality of this wine; worth every penny, but D'oh, don't just put this Bordeaux with all those $10 wines and drink it willy-nilly, will-o'-the-wisp as I did; savor this one.
Revisited almost three yeas later.


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  1. Hi Dennis,

    I hope you had a great holiday season! I'm delighted to see your review of a bottle of fine Bordeaux here and I'm really happy that you enjoyed it. I'm trying to get the word out that the '09 and 2010 Bordeaux vintages are not just more marketing hype, but rather, they are truly great vintages and will with certainty go down in the history books of Bordeaux.

    Typically Bordeaux is not very accessible at such a young age but as with any great vintage, many of these wines are superbly balanced and delicious upon release and will also drink well for thirty years or more. Although one would naturally expect to miss out on the spectacular secondary and tertiary flavor and aroma profiles by drinking them young, these wines can still be enjoyed at any time because the quality of fruit is so amazing. I think every wine lover would benefit by stocking up on these two vintages (I don’t sell wine or have any financial interest in the wine industry).

    Buvez bien mon ami!

    David Boyer

    1. David, I am the most naive person when it comes to a David Boyer kind of guy, as you've always struck me as an honest wine lover (French in particular), and your motives have seemed to me above-board in every way. As John from Tuscan vines has encouraged me toward Italian wines, you have encouraged me toward French wines. Thank you! Because the Château Le Prieuré Grand Cru Classé de Saint-Emilion 2009 Bordeaux was so good, and we having tasted without preconceived expectations, were so impressed (Third highest scored wine of all I've tasted)with a nominal price of only $53, the next day I went out and bought one for the cellar, which I try to do with Brunello wines, and if I'm around long enough to let them age ten or twenty years, I'll to taste those secondary and tertiary flavors.
      Thanks for commenting.

  2. Oh Dennis save some of this for me!

    1. Ben, I did buy another one of these for the cellar, but I'll just have to purchase another one of these for your home-coming:-)