Domaine de Baron’arques 2009

The wine has a deep, beautifully bright garnet-red colour.

The nose opens with a well-focused intense bouquet and a high concentration of fruit. The blackcurrant aromas develop on airing towards notes of cedar and eucalyptus.

Fresh and well-defined, the palate combines attractive hints of black fruit and retronasal cocoa overtones.
The mid-palate, powerful and generous, is enhanced by fine, well-rounded tannins.
The finish is remarkably long and elegant.

2009

Domaine de Baron’arques 2009

Varietal mix Bordeaux varieties
61% Merlot
13% Cabernet Sauvignon
6% Cabernet Franc

Mediterranean varieties
12% Syrah
8% Malbec

Maturing 25% new barrels
75% 1- to 3-year-old barrels

Tasting notes

The wine has a deep, beautifully bright garnet-red colour.

The nose opens with a well-focused intense bouquet and a high concentration of fruit. The blackcurrant aromas develop on airing towards notes of cedar and eucalyptus.

Fresh and well-defined, the palate combines attractive hints of black fruit and retronasal cocoa overtones.
The mid-palate, powerful and generous, is enhanced by fine, well-rounded tannins.
The finish is remarkably long and elegant.

2009 was both wetter (with 605 mm of rain during the year) and warmer than the average of the last six years.
A cold and wet winter ended with a relatively warm month of March, the average temperature rising 0.4 °C higher than normal.
Budbreak occurred rapidly a week earlier than usual, starting on the 19th of March for the Merlot and ending on the 24th of March for the Cabernet Franc.
A cool and wet April was followed by a warm and dry May.
Flowering took place between the 28th of May and the 11th of June, normal dates for the Estate.
Summer was dry and hot, especially August, when the average temperature reached 22.9 °C.
Veraison began on the 25 of July for the Merlot and ended on the 24th of August for the Grenache.
Hot and dry weather in September brought the grapes to full maturity relatively quickly and picking began a week earlier than in a normal year.

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