"A blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon that hit 14% natural alcohol, the wine has an extraordinary purity and vivaciousness in 2009. Dense ruby/purple, with beautiful black currant and black cherry notes as well as hints of raspberry and spring flowers, despite the fact that 100% new French oak is used, it is completely buried beneath a cascade of glorious fruit. The wine is extremely aromatic, with great intensity and beautiful balance. Unlike most vintages, it is somewhat accessible because of the vintage’s low acidity and higher alcohols and should drink well for up to 20 years. The smallest of the St.-Emilion grand cru classes, Clos St.-Martin is only about 3+ acres sitting next to the cemetery in St.-Emilion."
Robert Parker 95 Punkte
"This doesn’t seem to me as powerful, concentrated, or striking as their 2000, 2005, or even for that matter, their 1998. However, this blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon tips the scale at 14% alcohol, which is an all-time record. The wine displays an almost crushed liqueur minerality intermixed with kirsch and black currant in a full-bodied, ethereal style that perhaps misses the pure density, concentration, and near-perfection of the 2005 or 2000. This wine will require patience, as the tannins are very elevated and not quite as well integrated and sweet as in most 2009s. Forget it for 5-10 years. (Tasted four times.)"
Robert Parker 92-94+ Punkte