Clos des Baies Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2009

Credit where it’s due, this is an excellent local import from Bordeaux and Beyond.  Clos des Baies is a small estate of Saint-Émilion Grand Cru run by Philippe Baillarguet of the famous Chateau Ausone.  The vines are approximately 40 years of age, and the estate is tended to biodynamic and organic principles although formal certification has not been sought.

The 2009 vintage of Clos des Baies tasted here is deeply coloured in appearance, and opens to aromatics of blackcurrants, plums and well integrated cedar.  The wine is full bodied, its length is long, the tannins silky and the balance just right.  An opulent mouthfeel without undue weight.  This wine is drinking deliciously now, but I expect has sufficient stuffing to age and improve for a decade or more.  A further example of why 2009 is one of the great vintages of Bordeaux.

Rating: Very Good to Outstanding
Abv: 14.5%
Price: please ask
Source: sample
Vendors and website: http://www.bordeauxandbeyond.com
Tasted: 2015

Published by Sean Mitchell

Grapeobserver.com is an independent wine journal. Written since 2009, it is authored by Sean Mitchell Dip WSET. On matters of wine, Sean is a current Master of Wine student, a Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) diploma holder, a certified WSET educator, a past WSET scholarship winner and has written for various other wine related publications.

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