2009 Grand Ciel Cab 1.5L ENG
From a much warmer vintage and showing a more bass-driven profile, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Ciel nevertheless remains remarkably civilized and fresh on both the nose and palate. A 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that’s from the Grand Ciel Vineyard, it offers up decadently styled, if not slightly gamey, aromas and flavors of dark fruits, espresso, aged beef, crushed flowers and dusty minerality as well as full-bodied power and richness on the palate that never comes across as heavy. Closing down rather quickly with air and showing more and more tannic grip, this serious effort needs to be forgotten in the cellar for 3-5 years and will have 15-20 years or so of ultimate longevity. Drink 2018-2033.
- Jeb Dunnuck for Robert Parker