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The 2009 Gracia competes handsomely with the spectacular 2005 and 2000 vintages. A slightly more evolved and fleshy effort, the inky/purple-hued 2009 (75 % Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) is a massive, thick powerhouse with 14.5% natural alcohol. Proprietor Michel Gracia often makes a wine that is similar to that of his friend, the proprietor of Ausone. Blueberry, blackberry, licorice, forest floor, smoke and graphite aromas jump from the glass of this unctuously textured, layered, multidimensional St.-Emilion. Displaying an inner core of extract (yields were only 19 hectoliters per hectare) and not a hard edge to be found, this youthful 2009 tastes more like a barrel sample than a finished wine. It will benefit from 5-10 years of cellaring and should last for 3-4 decades.
|Score: 98||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, March 2012|
Tasted at Ets. Thunevin. A huge, extrovert, extravagant bouquet of pure damson and macerated black cherry fruit that is slightly porty in style. Creme de cassis dominated after four or five minutes in the glass. The palate is full-bodied with layers of pure black cherry fruit laced with a touch of burnt toast. It has far more freshness and delineation that anticipated, particularly on the finish. I have always had a lot of time for this garagiste and they do not disappoint for 2009. No, not my style, but definitely well crafted. Tasted March 2010.
|Score: 89/91||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2010|
Much like 1947, 1961 and 2005, 2009 is a year of almost overly (for Bordeaux) flamboyant and opulent wines with high maturity and low acidity. The tannins are exceptionally ripe, while the wines are quite voluptuous in style. The Left Bank recorded more hours of sunshine than legendary vintages such as 1947 and 1982, and the grapes had higher sugar concentrations than in 2003 and 2005. The key was significant diurnal temperature variations that allowed the grapes to withstand hot daytime temperatures. An exceptional vintage on all levels.