Bordeaux Wine Clos des Baies 2009

  • There are only 22 bottles of this wine available in Australia and only through Bordeaux & Beyond.

     

    A very rare and high quality wine from the glorious 2009 vintage in Bordeaux made by Philippe Baillarguet, the winemaker at Chateau Ausone. Philippe, who has been at Ausone since 1996, is vinifying two of his own special, small batch wines, Clos des Baies in Saint-Emilion made from vines on the slopes of the ridge above Pavie, and Clos Payrol in Pomerol on the plateau, close to the church.

     

    Clos des Baies is a St Emilion Grand Cru, a blend of merlot and cabernet franc produced from a small plot of vines located near the vineyards of Chateau Pavie and Pavie Decesse. While the plot is not situated directly on the limestone plateau like its Premier Grand Cru Classé B neighbours, the soil composition of the Clos des Baies vineyard is a mix of chalk, clay, and sand.

  • Grape Variety
    Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
    Vintage 2009
    Service Decant for a few hours and serve at 18°C/60°F
    Winemaker
    Producer
    Terroir & Vineyard
    The soil composition of the Clos des Baies vineyard is a mix of chalk, clay, and sand.
    Harvest
    Winemaking
    Appellation St Emilion , Bordeaux
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  • Sean Mitchell – Grape Observer  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. Tasted 2/12/2015 Rating: Very Good to Outstanding

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