Wine of the week: 2009 CHÂTEAU D’AURILHAC Cru Bourgeois Médoc

by Ed H-B

2009 CHÂTEAU D’AURILHAC Cru Bourgeois Médoc

‘Long-time readers know d’Aurilhac is one of my favorite under-the-radar Bordeaux in top vintages. This impressively made Medoc offers a lot of quality for its price. The 2009 reveals copious black cherry, black currant, earth, and spice notes intertwined with a hint of background oak. A luscious texture, a succulent style, and a juicy, long finish suggest it will drink well for 5-7 years.’  87-89/100 Robert Parker


Region: France, Bordeaux  Sub-district: Médoc  Classification: Cru Bourgeois
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
ABV: 14%

75cl bottles   £17.95        Case price*    £16.75


Recently reviewed by Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor

‘In the glass the 2009 has a very dark appearance, showing a red-black hue at its core, with a deeply coloured, thin, smoky-red rim. The nose is very youthful, with smoky and somewhat caramelised oak battling it out against a wealth of sweet fruit, led by the dark scents of blackcurrants and cherry, but there is also a fresh and lifted tinge of strawberry to it that is certainly quite noticeable, along with a rather subtle, leafy, blackcurrant-skin character.

This is a good wine, showing the worth of a vintage such as 2009, although the grippy tannin, as well as the youthful fruit and oak, don’t suggest this is an easy-drinking wine to pop and pour. This is one for the cellar in my opinion.16 Points (Sept 2014)

L&S Review

Deep dark colour, an obviously ripe Cabernet nose, as one might expect of a 2009, with some oakiness. Fleshy and expansive on the palate, with good volume of ripe dark berry fruit and soft feel of ripe tannins. Still youthful despite its ripe appeal, it will benefit from a moment in a decanter – or glass.L&S (Sep 2014)


Château d’Aurilhac is located almost directly west of Château Sociando-Mallet, on the Route de Lesparre which heads inland towards the Médoc domaines of Château Potensac and Château Preuillac. As such it is about four or five kilometres inland from the Gironde. Proprietor Erik Nieuvall carried out extensive replanting in 1983, with quite a significant percentage of Merlot (44%) along with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% each Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

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