Easily the most impressive of the 2009 d’Arenberg super premiums, the extra warmth of 09 softening the varietal characters a fraction (it’s more Vale than Cabernet) but also helping to make this more mouthfilling.
Perhaps the only distraction here is a little meaty (‘bitter chocolate’ as Halliday calls it) feralness here, which rolls all the way through to the drying, black earth finish and gritty tannins.
Ultimately a winner thanks to that fullness, softness and intensity of fruit, this is good stuff (and already drinking well).
Score: 17.7/20, 92/100
Would I buy it? Maybe drink a few glasses, but not sure if I could manage a whole bottle.
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