2009 Chateau Haut Brisson La Reserve
Robert Parker 95 Points
The limited production 2009 Haut-Brisson Reserve ratchets up everything, from the color (inky purple) to the aromatics, flavor profile, and long, full-bodied finish. This is a brilliant St.-Emilion that tastes like it came from one of the great terroirs on the St. Emilion plateau. It is also structured and unevolved, and will benefit from 5-7 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2030.
2009 Chateau Sanctus de la Bienfaisance
Robert Parker 94 Points
This is a brilliant showing for this modern-styled St.-Emilion. Composed of two-thirds Merlot and one-third Cabernet Franc grown at the top of La Bienfaisance Vineyard that hit nearly 15% natural alcohol, it possesses a dense opaque purple color as well as notes of creosote, camphor, graphite, blackberries and cassis. It is a strikingly rich effort displaying lots of chocolate and espresso in a modern style that many people love, but traditionalists think is too much of a good thing. Full-bodied, round and generous, with copious sweet, well-integrated tannins, this 2009 should drink well for 20-25+ years.