Robert Parker 96
Even more impressive is the absolutely prodigious 2009 St.-Emilion, the finest wine I have ever tasted from La Fleur Morange. The average age of the vines at this tiny estate is close to 100 years, and this 2009 blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc came from yields of 25 hectoliters per hectare. The vines sit on the famous iron-rich soils that the French call crasse de fer, and the result is an amazingly opaque purple wine with an extraordinary nose of blackberries, charcoal, graphite and crushed chalk. It is tightly knit, with full-bodied power and relatively elevated tannins. Its noble sweetness and expansiveness as well as its broad, savory finish make this is a compelling wine of great quality that should hit its stride in 4-5 years and keep for two decades. Bravo to Claude Gros!
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2036
Saturated medium ruby. Inky aromas of blackberry, bitter chocolate, iron and graphite. Dense, sappy and chewy with extract, with limestone lift energizing the solid black fruit palate. Still a bit youthfully imploded but not at all heavy. Finishes with a restrained sweetness and building tannins that saturate the sides of the tongue. Hold this for 5 years and then enjoy it over the following 15.