2009 Laforge Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • WA 96
  • JS 92
  • IWC 92
  • WS 90

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WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2012
From proprietor Jonathan Maltus this blend of three terroirs two on sand and one on gravel is a blend of 92% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. About 2000 cases are produced and the prodigious 2009 is the finest vintage... From proprietor Jonathan Maltus this blend of three terroirs two on sand and one on gravel is a blend of 92% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. About 2000 cases are produced and the prodigious 2009 is the finest vintage to date. Inky blue/purple with notes of licorice camphor black truffle blackberry and blueberry this full-bodied wine has massive concentration yet at the same time displays elegance and harmony. The equilibrium and 60+-second length make for a huge massive but incredibly well-balanced wine like a shadow of the proprietor himself. Drink it over the next 15 or more years.
JS 92
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2012
Blueberries and sandalwood on the nose. Full body with super fine and silky tannins. They are fine and compressed. Try in 2017.
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2012
(old-vines merlot with a bit of cabernet franc): Bright deep ruby-red. Blackcurrant blackberry licorice mocha and dark chocolate. Densely packed sweet and deep with noteworthy energy to the black fruit mineral and... (old-vines merlot with a bit of cabernet franc): Bright deep ruby-red. Blackcurrant blackberry licorice mocha and dark chocolate. Densely packed sweet and deep with noteworthy energy to the black fruit mineral and bitter chocolate flavors. Still tightly coiled for a Right Bank 2009 for all its plushness of texture. The slowly building finish is concentrated and long.
WS 90
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2012
A solid modern style with a core of fresh raspberry and blackberry fruit liberally inlaid with toasty spice and anise notes. Stays juicy and inviting through the finish. Drink now through 2018. 2000 cases made. -JM
JJB 93
Neil Mechanic - JJ Buckley, November 2012
Concentrated inky purple at the core. Creamy oak briary blackberry and cassis mingle on the nose with undertones of vanilla cigar box and lead pencil. Fresh blackcurrant notes come forth on entry along with dried herbs... Concentrated inky purple at the core. Creamy oak briary blackberry and cassis mingle on the nose with undertones of vanilla cigar box and lead pencil. Fresh blackcurrant notes come forth on entry along with dried herbs licorice and tobacco on the on the mid-palate. Beautifully textured with fresh acidity and a lengthy finish the tannins have softened enough to make this very pleasurable now or cellar and enjoy for the next 10-15 years.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2009

Label

Chateau Laforge is a blend of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc from three Saint Emilion soil types - sand, gravel, and clay over limestone. The vines are cropped low, ensuring concentration. They receive two to three runs of green harvesting —at fruit set and veraison - ensuring only the most perfect hand-picked berries get into the vats.

The wine is fermented in wooden vats after extremely cold maceration. The wines undergo malolactic fermentation in new French oak. 1,500 to 2,000 cases are produced.

Winery

Laforge

The single-vineyard Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe Chateau Laforge, formerly known as Petit Mauvinon, was purchased in 1998 by Jonathan Maltus, owner of Chateau Teyssier.

The vines at Laforge are cropped low — around 30 hectolitres a hectare — four bunches to the vine (less than half the volume authorized by the Appellation), ensuring concentration. The soil is comprised of the three types that exist in Saint Emilion — sand, gravel, and clay over limestone. The vines that make up the gravel contribution are usually the first picked each year as the gravel retains heat throughout the night, allowing for earlier ripening.

Maltus produces eight Saint-Emilion wines, ranging from the estate wines Chateau Teyssier and Chateau Laforge, as well as limited-release single vineyard wines Le Dome, Le Carre, Les Asteries, and Vieux Chateau Mazerat. Maltus has also ventured into Napa Valley, with single-vineyard wines produced under the World's End label.