2009 St. Emilion wines are ripe, deep, concentrated and complex, they offer a sensuous style, but it is not consistent. Some 2009 St. Emilion wines could use a bit more acidity to give them lift. Alcohol levels are high, but the fruit is so ripe, in most cases, the high levels of alcohol are not a problem for 2009 St. Emilion.
The following year, 2010 also produced high alcohol wines, but in 2010, the majority of the wines are fresher and offer more lift, richness, balance and complexity. That being said, there are many outstanding, stylish, Right Bank 2009 St. Emilion wines at all price ranges from top to bottom that are worth tasting and buying to cellar from 2009 St. Emilion.
2009 St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine In Bottle Tasting Notes from wines tasted with the UGC in Los Angeles.
2009 Beau-Sejour Becot – 70 % Merlot along with 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon created a wine with intense floral, boysenberry, stone and licorice aromas that give way to a soft, low acid, sensuous, perfumed St. Emilion. This ends with plush, silky, fennel, chocolate and cherry. 94 Pts
2009 Berliquet – With a final blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine opens with floral, licorice, spice and sweet black cherry aromas. Soft and accessible, the wine ends with fennel and plums. 90 Pts
2009 Canon – Minerality is the first thing you notice, fresh black raspberry, plum, anise, coffee and cherry notes add to the complexity. From a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, the wine combines ripe flavors, concentration, freshness, structure and balance to create a St. Emilion that demands at least a decade, if not 15 years to full open up. 94 Pts
2009 Canon La Gaffeliere – Blending 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, Neipperg produced a rich, opulent St. Emilion that is filled with licorice, coffee, damp earth and fresh, jammy, dark berries. Sensuous in texture, the wine ends with layers of juicy, ripe, red and black fruits. 93 Pts
2009 Clos Fourtet – Minerality, espresso beans, truffles, licorice and sweet, ripe boysenberry aromas combine with mouth filling, plush textures and silky tannins. Fresh, ripe and pure, this is a delicious St. Emilion wine. 95 Pts
2009 Couspaude – Coffee, vanilla, licorice, chocolate covered boysenberry and jammy aromatics are available with little effort. This low acid, plush, round wine is already open and will probably drink best in its first decade of life. 90 Pts
2009 Dassault – Medium bodied with spicy red and black fruit, this lighter, traditional style of St. Emilion is tannic and dry in the otherwise, bright, fresh, tart, red fruit finish. 87 Pts
2009 La Dominique – 100% Merlot was used to produce the 2009. Black licorice, fresh herbs, sweet herbs and fresh, juicy plum aromas work perfectly with this medium bodied, refined style of St. Emilion. The wine ends with a melange of soft, spicy, red and black fruits. 91 Pts
2009 Figeac – Medium bodied, fresh, supple and soft in texture, the wine offers fresh black cherry, herbs, minerality and earthy scents. Generous for Figeac, the wine ends with soft, fresh black raspberry and cherry notes. 92 Pts
2009 Grand Mayne – Dark, black raspberry, licorice, earth and spice aromas open to a supple, round, expressive wine that ends with a round, chocolate and plum filled finish. 92 Pts
2009 Larcis Ducasse – From an assemblage of 81% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Franc, the wine offers coffee bean, licorice, plum, jam and mineral scents. Medium/full bodied, with soft textures, the wine ends with fresh, sweet, ripe, black and red fruits. 93 Pts
2009 Larmande – Caramel, red plums, licorice and berry aromas lead to a medium bodied wine that ends with slightly tart, cocoa and black raspberry sensations. 89 Pts
2009 Pavie Macquin – With 85% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt crafted a delicious St. Emilion filled with licorice, fresh boysenberries, crushed stone and jam. Powerful, full bodied, concentrated, opulent and polished, this delicious St. Emilion has the structure to age. There is no sensation of heat in this 14.5% alcohol wine. 96 Pts
2009 Soutard – Coffee, licorice, black raspberry and strawberry notes lead to a medium bodied, fresh,soft textured red and dark berry filled wine. 90 Pts
2009 Troplong Mondot – This deeply colored. St. Emilion offers enticing scents of licorice, fresh roasted espresso bean, plum, boysenberry, earth, spice and chocolate. Blending 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, this is a lush, thick, rich, sexy, corpulent, low acid style of Bordeaux wine that finishes with layers of licorice, juicy plum, black cherry liqueur and cocoa. 95 Pts