Château-Puygueraud Cotes de Francs 2009

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This is a beautifully textured, lovely, opulent Merlot-based red. The bouquet offers up aromas of coffee, black currants, cherries, flowers and minerals. This Thienpont-owned vineyard (who also own Le Pin and Vieux Chateau Certan) was one of the first to bring attention to this lesser known appellation - Côtes de Francs. Superstar winemaker Stephane Derenoncourt is the consultant. This will pair well with grilled fare, especially big red meat dishes and grilled vegetables, and 2009 is a highly rated, fruit-forward vintage.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Cotes de Francs
Brand Château-Puygueraud
  • wa90

Wine AdvocateThis blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and the rest Malbec is from the Thienpont family. (Puygueraud is the estate where this large clan was born.) The 2009 is impressive, but the estate somewhat under-the-radar, since it is hard to pronounce and not exactly a household name. This is a beautifully fleshy wine with loads of licorice, spring flowers, graphite and black fruits. Fleshier and more concentrated than usual, with a longer, more intense finish and plenty of glycerin, this dark ruby/purple wine is a knock-out and, in theory, an attractive great value. It should drink well for up to a decade.

Robert Parker, February 2012
  • ws89

Wine SpectatorThis takes a few minutes to get going, as a savory herb note leads the way, but then recedes in the face of dark but soft plum and black cherry fruit flavors. Shows flashes of tobacco and mineral on the finish. Drink now through 2015. 8,330 cases made.

James Molesworth, March 31, 2012