2009 Clos des Jacobins St. Émilion Grand Cru Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note

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2009 Clos des Jacobins  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Medium/full-bodied, soft, silky, fresh, earthy and floral, there is sweetness and depth to the fruit, and the right amount of polish to the tannins, providing an elegant, silky experience. Close to f-mature, no decanting needed, drink this over the next 10-15 years. 93 Points

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With a perfume that seeks attention due to its fresh earth, tobacco, licorice, truffle and black raspberry profile, this concentrated, plush textured, wine ends with a rich, chocolate covered, ripe, cherry and blackberry finish. The hard work from Magali and Thibault Decoster and their consultant, Hubert de Bouard from Angelus as paid off, as this is the best wine yet from Clos de Jacobins. 93 Points

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2009 Clos des Jacobins has a nose filled with mixed berries, anise, smoke, espresso, and fresh herbs. Full bodied, with ample dark pit fruit that fills your mouth before you head into the licorice tinted finish. Hubert de Bouard consults for the property. 91-93 Pts

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When to Drink Clos des Jacobins, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Clos des Jacobins are better with 3-4 years in the cellar before starting to show its best. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Clos des Jacobins is best enjoyed in the first 3-15 years of life.

Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Clos des Jacobins with Wine and Food Pairings

Clos des Jacobins wines are best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Clos des Jacobins wines are best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Clos des Jacobins are also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, pasta and cheese.

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