Thursday, April 11, 2013

Château La Marzelle Saint-Émilion 2009 Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux


Château La Marzelle Saint-Émilion 2009 Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux, $44.90-$48.99, 93 points, begins quite purple in color, yet retains a slight Bordeaux black currant red, and though the core is opaque, the surface rim is predictably transparent.
A profuse and pervasive fruity aroma reveals a beautiful standout red raspberry in the avant-garde of boysenberry, black olive, earth, celery-salt, and a touch of toasty vanilla.
Château La Marzelle Saint-Émilion 2009 Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux's medium-plus body carries the nose onto the plate with rolling approachable tannin with good acidity (cut through my rare strip-steak with ease), but added a trending long finish of mouth-tingling spice and just a hint of warmth (13.5% alcohol).
This wine maybe great in ten years, but I think it's great right now, and though it is smooth, it is not silky smooth; compared to so many very good Californian red-wines. This wine is just a cut above (flavor, consistency, balance and integrity are the gestalt which makes this a wine to expose the shame of some reviewers! As I try to understand it: Compared to what?


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