Clear pale yellow. Robust nose, smells like a cross between Chardonnay (citrus, melon) and Sauvignon Blanc (pungent gooseberry and lime). Full-bodied with a soft mouthfeel but adequate acidity, and simple flavours of apple, grapefruit and rose petals.
Late Bottled Vintage, or LBV, is the most popular premium Port style in both England and Canada, representing 1 in 5 purchases of Port in the UK and over a 1/4 of all Port enjoyed by Canadians. This one is smooth, with a finely rustic grippy edge, this savoury/spirited LBV is from 70+ year old vines in three vineyards in the Cima Corgo. Foot trodden in concrete lagares and after a cool winter in the Douro, this was transferred to Vila Nova de Gaia where it spent the next 3 to 4 years in large wooden vats. Spirited plum, blackberry, boysenberry, youthful violets firmly ringed with fine, gritty tannins, lingering with a crushed, stony dust. This has presence and intent to stand up to the deepest chocolate torte or most potent blue while remaining nonchalant and effortless. Well done.
The nose shows lovely blackcurrants, cassis, chocolate-mocha, eucalypt, herbs and oak spices. It is youthful on the palate but still displays intense layers of ripe black fruits, dusty tannins, mint and spice through a long, smooth finish. There is also a fair amount of acid in this refined Napa Cab. Hold for a few years.
The 2009 vintage in Chablis, and Burgundy in general, was warm and produced wines that can be described as opulent, ripe and round with far richer fruits then consumers are used to. The Les Clos, however, is heavenly. A rich style with amplified stone fruits, slate and minerals on the nose and following to the palate. It is a limestone bomb, a beautiful thing.