Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion Pessac Léognan 2009 Bordeaux, France 

My Rating 88 Points.   

Price $50.
Deep ruby in color with a short purplish rim.

Stinky nose with blueberries, currants, oak, barnyard, earth, green vegetables, herbs, smoke, alcohol, vinaigrette, peppercorn, spices, licorice, bell pepper, eucalyptus and forest floor.

Medium plus in body, smooth and elegant, with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, earth, spices, wet leaves, leather, smoke, chocolates, leather, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins (after 3 hours) and black pepper.

This left bank Bordeaux is still very young but drinkable, nonetheless. Very earthy on both the palate and nose, with lots of vegetable notes. Very complex and nicely balanced. Nice acidity keeps it interesting. Will be better in 5 to 10 years.

Needed 4 hours to open up properly and remove some of the barnyard smell.

I paired it with hard and soft cheeses, and small appetizers.

14% alcohol by volume.

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