Chateau Lilian Ladouys – 2009 Bordeaux Exemplified ($24)

May 18, 2012 Cellar WorthyDaily Drinkers  No comments

2009 Chateau Lilian LadouysI’ve decided to take a position on 2009 Bordeaux.  The only problem is my cellar is almost full.  My building’s parking garage is climate controlled but I don’t think it’s exactly kept to 55 degrees year round.  Anybody in the Chicago area have a some extra cellar space?

I haven’t been disappointed in a 2009 Bordeaux yet.  In fact, they keep getting better.  This 2009 Chateau Lilian Ladouys, from the Medoc’s Saint-Estèphe appellation (next door to Pauillac), is off the charts for the $23.95 asking price.  This wine reminds me of the first time I had the 2005 La Vieille Cure.  It’s chocolatey and rich with ripe flavors and copious sweet oak. The finish is 25+ seconds and it’s extremely concentrated as well.  But as opulent as it is, this wine is also balanced and focused with firm tannins that suggest it will age well for at least a decade and likely much longer if stored properly.

This Bordeaux is an outrageous value.  While more great 2009 Bordeaux deals are sure to come, this one, with four ratings between 90 and 94 points, is sure to remain at the top of the heap!

Buy Here: 2009 Chateau Lilian Ladouys Saint-Estephe $23.95

Wine Spectator 92 points

“On the toasty, more modern side of the spectrum, with ambitious roasted fig, apple wood and blueberry confiture notes followed by racy graphite, espresso and blackberry pâté de fruit. Not shy, but has the density for balance. Best from 2013 through 2024.”

Robert Parker 90 points

“Elegant, with loads of black currant fruit, cherries and dusty, loamy soil notes as well as hints of tobacco leaf, spice box and cedar, it is a medium to full-bodied, nicely textured, fleshy wine that should drink nicely for 10-15+ years.

This is the best wine I have ever tasted from this property, which has gone through many changes and frequent listless, uninspiring performances. The change to a better class of St.-Estephe was started by the late Vincent Mulliez, who passed away tragically last year, but who got things started by reducing yields, cleaning up the place, eliminating the TCA that had tainted so many wines in the past, and going with a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. The result is the best wine they have ever made, or at least the finest I have ever tasted from them.” (WA)

Wine Enthusiast 92-94 points

“A fine and spicy wine, the wood toast well integrated with the sweet fruit. Deliciously ripe Merlot vies with the Cabernet tannins to give a dark, complex wine.”

James Suckling 93 points

“Best wine ever from here, with layers of ripe fruit, spices and milk chocolate character. Full and long. Velvety. Gorgeous. Best after 2018.”


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