This was on the Oct 26th release and caught my eye as a reasonably priced bordeaux with a good rating. Dark in color with a lighter nose of reddish to black berries and some oak. On the mid pallet this is a big wine with lots of black cherries coming through along with some lovely chocolate and mocha. There’s some noticeable cab franc there too. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice hearty tannins, some lovely dryness that build in the mouth and some acidity. This is a big bordeaux but not too big. Just right. I would say this is smack in the middle of a drink now style with some aging potential. It seems like it ought to easily hold it’s own for another 2-5 years. Be sure and taste it right out of the bottle so you can appreciate how it evolves in the glass. Don’t decant it. We paired it with a striploin steak and it held up well. I would give it an 89-90. I think I’ll nip back and grab a few for the cellar!

From the LCBO web site:
CHÂTEAU LESTRUELLE 2009 VINTAGES 295840 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 18.95
Made in: Bordeaux, France By: Maison Bouey
Release Date: Oct 27, 2012

Wine, Red Wine 14.0% Alcohol/Vol.

Sugar Content: 4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

Tasting Note
Nicely toasty, with vanilla and espresso notes up front, but the core of raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit rushes in behind it, with a long, licorice-filled finish. Should settle in nicely. Best from 2012 through 2017. Score – 90. (James Molesworth,, March 31, 2012)

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