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    Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends - South Africa

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    Ratings

    • ST90
    • WE90
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 90 The Wine Advocate, 90 Wine Enthusiast, 90 International Wine Cellar

    Region: South Africa

    Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends

    Style: Earthy & Spicy

    Alcohol By Volume: 14%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 116240

    Winemaker's Notes:

    This is Glen Carlou's signature red wine. Rich ruby red in color this wine has aromas of red cherry with hints of young black fruits and oak. Flavors of black cured cherries, with layers of dark chocolate and tobacco with spice. The tannins are beautifully proportioned with mild toasted almond.

    Blend: 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot, 16% Malbec, 16% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc

    Critical Acclaim:

    The 2009 Grand Classique is a blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot, 16% Malbec, 16% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc aged in new and used barrel for 18 months. It has a lifted bouquet of raspberry and dark plum aromas that needs to develop more complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet, kirsch-tinged entry. The acidity is very well entwined with the bright redcurrant and strawberry fruit that leads to a bright, vibrant finish. Perhaps not a long term Grand Classique, but this is well crafted.

    90 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Notes of cocoa and oak-derived spice add depth to the ripe, dark fruit core of this wine. Black berry, cherry and plum flavors abound on the plush palate, framed by firm tannins and a thick, supple texture. Gripping plum-skin and cigar-box notes linger long on the finish.
    Editors' Choice

    90 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    Good full, dark red. Deep, vinous, claret-like aromas of cassis, black cherry, tobacco, mocha, earth and sexy oak. Silky on entry, then firm and bright in the middle, offering intense dark berry and chocolatey oak flavors complicated by a loamy nuance. A bit youthfully clenched but already shows insidious sweetness. Energetic and light on its feet, finishing with a serious tannic backbone. Obviously a very good vintage for this bottling, but this will need time. A lot of wine for the price.
    Rating: 90(+?)

    90 Points
    International Wine Cellar
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    User Reviews:

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    Robert Duffy (1/29/2013)
    Quite a nice wine, excellent for everyday drinking. Have bought more and probably will again in the future.
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    Scott Citino (3/24/2013)
    This is a wonderful well-crafted Bordeaux blend from the Paarl region of South Africa. Wonderful dark fruit with undertones of mocha and tobacco make this a wonderful wine. Great wine for the price.
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    Big_Jilm (10/6/2013)
    Glen!!! Big mineral and earth notes. Very different than your typical CA or French Cab. I really like the different presentation of flavors. Lots of character with almost no fruit maybe some really dark cherry or something along those lines. This wine was a very pleasant discovery and the best South African wine I've had so far.
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    nuiance (8/20/2013)
    Excellent Soft Red Blended wine, easy on the palate, has a warm light finish, well balanced. Light in red color; enjoyable with any meat, cheese, or soak some fresh nectarines and peaches in it and oh my what a treat! This is easily and every day wine. Comparable to Torresella Nero D'Avoia 2010
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    70augie (8/5/2013)
    Surprising, an all around wine with great balance.
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    Timothy Hough (5/14/2013)
    Good smooth red that mimics a Bordeaux
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    ACwine (3/20/2013)
    Agree with RP - simple but pleasant wine for daily consumptions that is properly priced
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    John Westcott (2/1/2013)
    Falls short of classic South Africa blends. I found it a chore to drink, but drink it I did.
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    Tanis (4/27/2012)
    Good
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    jaws346 (3/26/2013)
    Never smoothed out, a little harsh at first, let it breathe and still a bit harsh.

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