From the superb 2009 vintage, another 'petit chateau' that out performs its class. Chateau Preuillac is a Cru Bourgeois, located 5 miles north of St. Estephe and shares many of the same qualities of its more illustrious neighbor -- Cabernet-based wines of heft, deep color and soft, lingering tannins. The wines and the chateau are a labor of love for its co-owner, Jean-Yves Mau of the Mau shipping family.
Wine Enthusiast (WE): 91
Big and rich, powered with sweet fruits, rounded with black plums. The firm tannins are densely packed at the core of this ageworthy wine. With its swathes of ripe fruit and the edge of wood aging, itís already delicious, but keep for at least six years.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 90
A major sleeper of the vintage, this concentrated blend of two-thirds Merlot and one-third Cabernet Sauvignon and a tiny dollop of Cabernet Franc possesses silky tannins, deep blueberry and black raspberry fruit intermixed with some more traditional cherry and unsmoked tobacco notes. Medium to full-bodied, with great fruit, opulence and personality, this wine should drink well for a decade or more.