Château Arnauton Red Bordeaux Blend Fronsac 2009

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90-92 points Robert Parker: The basic cuvee, the 2009 Arnauton (98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc) tastes just as good, and has even more punch with 14.5% alcohol. A sleeper of the vintage, its opaque purple hue is followed by sweet aromas of blueberries, blackberries, charcoal, incense, and graphite. Full-bodied, powerful, and layered, like its sibling, it is very impressive, and for the significant difference in price, this would be my choice. Both wines should drink well for two years. (Apr 2010)

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Member Reviews for Château Arnauton Red Bordeaux Blend Fronsac

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Snooth User: Matt Walker
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4.00 5
04/29/2012

I thought this wine was a great buy and it kept me coming back to the glass for more. It has that "I may be young but I've got serious spunk" attitude of many of the more reasonably priced '09s. The wine had been decanting for a few hours and it showed nice depth of fruit, great structure and a nice velvety texture. Lots of black cherries and currents, touches of chocolate, pepper and herbs. Nice finish.


Snooth User: julieimagery
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1.50 5
01/14/2012

This was too dry for me. It has a lot of black cherry, earthy, peppery qualities that Jonathan typically likes but I don't. It's very tart and I agree "wood-y".


Snooth User: Drummerhawk
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 10/06/2009

For the price (you can find it for $15 on other sites) this is a wonderful "drink now" wine. It should get a little more depth with age, but you simply can't beat it with a fillet with port reduction sauce or BBQ lamb. A real treat, especially if you enjoy the Fronsac earthy quality.

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  • Snooth User: gabbdx
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    5.00 5
    Vintage: 2005 12/23/2009

    what a pleasure. A real terroir wine. The leaders of Fronsac really produce the best values in all of Bordeaux. Arnauton also has a top cuvee Le Grand Sol. If you find this then you are really lucky. Petrus quality for little money


    Snooth User: danmcgrath
    1626504
    2.50 5
    Vintage: 2005 12/10/2009

    Nothing exceptional here, but a very decent weeknight wine that went well with a spicy lamb stew.


    Snooth User: mellowfellow
    3968844
    4.00 5
    Vintage: 2005 03/02/2010

    I buy lots of wine in this price range and this really stands out as one worth buying again. In fact, I rushed out to purchase a case before the 2005 vintage got snatched up. I found it to have a complex finish with black cherry, earthy, peppery qualities. It truly reminded me of drinking much older and expensive Bordeaux wines.


    Snooth User: zinful71
    21633398
    3.50 5
    Vintage: 2005 07/16/2009

    Three and a half glasses


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    External Reviews for Château Arnauton Red Bordeaux Blend Fronsac

    External Review
    Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
    04/30/2010

    8% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Malbec. A 25-hectare vineyard situated on southfacing hillsides to the east of the Fronsac appellation where the soils are a mix of clay and limestone. 30 year old vines. The color is super... Andy Frieden. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Arnauton, Chateau 750ml


    External Review
    Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
    03/15/2012

    The basic cuvee, the 2009 Arnauton, is 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. It exhibits loads of crushed chalky minerality, some jammy berry fruit, good glycerin, medium body, and a clean, fresh, lively finish. It is a little less complex than I'd hoped... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Arnauton, Chateau 750ml


    External Review
    Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
    10/26/2010

    98% merlot, 2% cabernet franc. A 25-hectare vineyard situated on southfacing hillsides to the east of the Fronsac appellation where the soils are a mix of clay and limestone. 30 year old vines. The color is super dark inky purple almost black and opa... Andy Frieden. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Arnauton, Chateau 750ml


    External Review
    Vintage: 2005 05/15/2009

    The vineyards of Château Arnauton are at the highest elevation in the Bordeaux right bank region. Densely planted vines of over 2,000 per acre, cover the southern slope of the Tertre de Montahut and average 30 years of age. The height and the ideal southern exposure guarantee perfect ripeness for these low yield grapes. The grapes are hand sorted at the winery and vinified slowly over 20 days at controlled temperature. A blend of 88% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec is created and aged if French oak barrels for 12 months. Consulting oenologist Stéphane Toutoundji, does his magic here as he does for dozens of the top right bank chateaux including First Growth, Chateau Cheval Blanc. This wine has deep color and extraction with ripe black fruit, hints of coffee and grilled toast and a touch of wood.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2005 09/15/2009

    Pours an inky opaque purple-black, with aromas of cassis and black cherry laced with hints of smoky vanilla. Dense, dark and flavorful, but with a striking limestone minerality that lifts the dense fruit. Finishes with a whiff of tannin, and an intriguing coffee note.



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    90-92 points Robert Parker: The basic cuvee, the 2009 Arnauton (98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc) tastes just as good, and has even more punch with 14.5% alcohol. A sleeper of the vintage, its opaque purple hue is followed by sweet aromas of blueberries, blackberries, charcoal, incense, and graphite. Full-bodied, powerful, and layered, like its sibling, it is very impressive, and for the significant difference in price, this would be my choice. Both wines should drink well for two years. (Apr 2010)

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