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Date Printed: 7/28/2014
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2009
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 116692)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $69.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A vibrant and expressive nose, characterized by a classical fruit profile of Nashi pear, lime curd, ripe white peach and quince. Nuances of flint and sweet cinnamon feature in the background.

Subtle layers of complexity are conveyed in the form of lifted floral notes of pear blossom and jasmine, combining with savory toasted sesame and cashew.

On the palate, a gentle and restrained entry shows great poise. Purity and clarity of fruit is underpinned with lively pear, grapefruit and lime flesh. The mid-palate is textural with slight creaminess and generous with concentrated fruit. The degree of width through to the back palate is balanced with a fine line of natural acidity formulating enviable length.

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About Leeuwin Estate:

After an extensive search in 1972 to identify the most suitable Australian area for the production of premium varietal wines, Robert Mondavi singled out a small plot of land in the Margaret River region. At the time a cattle farm, Leeuwin Esate evolved under the direction of owners Denis and Tricia Horgan, with Mondavi acting as a consultant and mentor. The initial vineyards were planted by hand over a five year period from 1975, with the state-of-the-art winery opened in 1978. In 1979, Leeuwin Estate had their first commercial vintage. Today, Leeuwin Estate maintains a team of highly-skilled and dedicated winemakers, under the direction of two generations of the founding family, exporting to over 30 countries.