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2009 Franck Balthazar Cornas Chaillot
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2012

Inky ruby.  A powerfully scented bouquet evokes black raspberry, boysenberry, cola, candied licorice and potpourri, with a peppery accent adding vivacity.  Stains the palate with sappy black and blue fruit flavors complicated by suggestions of violet pastille and spicecake.  Clings impressively on the finish, which is lively, focused and very long.  This complex wine shows the richness of the vintage but there's nothing heavy or outsized about it.

94 Points | Wine Spectator

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