2009 Bordeaux Vintage

 

The 2009 Bordeaux Vintage

Hailed as the greatest ever Bordeaux vintage by Mr Robert Parker the wine advocate. But as we said in 2010

 

Given the lusciousness and almost exotic nature of the finest 2009s, one cannot but help compare them with the 1982s, which displayed such wonderful fruit after six months in barrel. However the 2009s show greater structure, concentration and grip. They appear to be more solid than the 82s, with firmer structures. It is certain that the 09s are long-term wines; quite how long we will need to cellar them remains to be seen. As one respected Médoc wine-maker commented, “Tannin levels are the highest ever and alcohol is above the norm. To some extent we are on a journey into the unknown”. Undoubtedly the finest of the wines will receive glowing critiques and, for those who award them, high scores. Clearly the finest wines are great and will age magnificently. The Petit Château have attractive rounded fruits and will grace any cellar."

We had the opportunity to taste some in the spring (2012) just before they were shipped and these are seriously great wines.

Chateau Lamothe Bergeron 2009
Chateau Lamothe Bergeron
Chateau Lamothe Bergeron 2009
Chateau Lamothe Bergeron 2009  Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot matured in oak barrels for 18 months.  Fine rounded plum fruit on the nose. Warm plush cassis fruit with a hint of oak. Nice balance and length. 
£20.00
Chateau Bernadotte 2009
Chateau Bernadotte
Chateau Bernadotte 2009
Château Bernadotte Haut Medoc 2009  47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot.  Getting better every year, owned by Pichon-Lalande and vinified by their expert team. Surely the best vintage ever at this Chateau, rich cassis...
£30.00
Chateau Branaire Ducru 2009
Chateau Branaire Ducru
Chateau Branaire Ducru 2009
Château Branaire Ducru Saint Julien 2009 'Only time will tell whether the 2009, another great effort from Branaire, will eclipse the 2005 and 2003.An inky blue purple colour is followed by raspberry, boysenberry, crushed rock, graphite,...
£86.00
Chateau Broustet 2009
Chateau Broustet
Chateau Broustet 2009
Château Broustet 2009  65% Semillon 25% Sauvignon and 10% Muscadelle  A new wine for us, a lighter style but impressively rich and long on the finish. A great success probably the finest Broustet ever. Great value!
£35.00
Chateau Camensac 2009
Chateau de Camensac
Chateau Camensac 2009
Château Camensac 2009   55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot. Great progress has been made here since the change of ownership in 2006. This is the finest de Camensac ever with rich, blackcurrant fruit, ripe, chunky tannins and a...
£29.00
Chateau Cantemerle 2009
Chateau Cantemerle
Chateau Cantemerle 2009
Château Cantemerle Haut Médoc 2009  49% Cab Sauv, 38% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 6% Cab Franc. Spicy, plummy nose with hints of cedar wood. Rich and fleshy on the palate with masses of fresh fruit and very ripe tannins. Medium to...
£44.00
Chateau Caronne Sainte Gemme 2009
Chateau Caronne Ste Gemme
Chateau Caronne Sainte Gemme 2009
Chateau Caronne Sainte Gemme Haut Médoc 2009. 60% Cab Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. A Chateau that we have followed for many years. Dense colour, classy nose, full-bodied ripe fruit with silky tannins and pretty texture.
£21.00
Chateau Chasse Spleen 2009
Chateau Chasse Spleen
Chateau Chasse Spleen 2009
Château Chasse Spleen 2009 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot. Big, rich and ripe, full-bodied wine with plenty of juicy blackcurrant fruit, succulent texture and sweet finish. Always considered good value.
£38.00
Chateau Clerc Milon 2009
Chateau Clerc Milon
Chateau Clerc Milon 2009
Château Clerc Milon 2009   "From the Mouton stable. Delivers blackberry galore, with fabulous floral and currant undertones. Complex on the nose. Full-bodied, offering chewy tannins and lots of black liquorice and currant character. Chewy, but...
£74.00
Chateau Climens 2009
Chateau Climens
Chateau Climens 2009
Château Climens 2009 Barsac 'The aromatics display pure honey, minerals, occasionally a faint scent of spearmint and white peach, most with spellbinding precision. On the palate, Berenice Lurton has some stupendous lots at her disposal, with ample...
£99.00
Chateau Cos Labory 2009
Chateau Cos Labory
Chateau Cos Labory 2009
Château Cos Labory 2009 'Very pretty aromas of sliced plums and blueberries, with hints of mineral, follow through to a medium body, with fine tannins and a fruity finish with hints of vanilla bean and coffee.'- James Suckling.
£46.00
Chateau Coutet 2009
Chateau Coutet
Chateau Coutet 2009
Château Coutet Barsac 2009  75% Semillon, 23% Sauvignon, 2% Muscadelle  Supremely elegant Barsac with fine balance of sugar and acidity. Really fine and fresh with fantastic, honeyed fruit and long, clean finish.
£79.99
Chateau D Armailhac 2009
Chateau D'Armailhac
Chateau D Armailhac 2009
Chateau D Armailhac 2009 This may be the finest d'Armailhac I have ever tasted. Made in a textured, full-bodied, sumptuous style, it is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and the balance primarily Cabernet Franc with a tiny dosage of Petit...
£58.00
Chateau D Issan 2009
Chateau D'Issan
Chateau D Issan 2009
Château D'Issan 2009. 40% Merlot and 60% Cab Sauvignon.  Lightening doesn't strike in the same place twice. Try persuading Emmanuel Cruse that this is fact! In 2008 the potential crop Issan was drastically reduced by hail and...
£76.00
Chateau De Francs Les Cerisiers 2009
Chateau Francs Cerisers
Chateau De Francs Les Cerisiers 2009
Château De Francs - "Les Cerisiers" 2009 Owned by Dominique Hebrard (previously co-owner of Cheval Blanc) and Hubert de Bouard, owner of Chateau Angelus and oenologist.Situated at the eastern edge of the Gironde area. Deep purple colour. Fragrant,...
£18.00
Chateau de Pez 2009
Chateau De Pez
Chateau de Pez 2009
Château de Pez 2009  A St Estephe with life and zest and a delicious fresh fruitiness, lovely stone fruit character, juicy and supple. 'Tobacco box nose and cedar wood, good colour with rich fruit flavours and pure, subtle fruit.'- William...
£43.00
Chateau Desmirail 2009
Chateau Desmirail
Chateau Desmirail 2009
Château Desmirail 2009 'Very deep crimson. Minerals and interest on the nose. Round and supple and really very gorgeous indeed. I like the lead-pencil character and the coolness. Very refreshing, a complete, fairly forward wine. Skilfully made and...
£47.00
Chateau Figeac 2009
Chateau Figeac
Chateau Figeac 2009
Château Figeac 2009 'Really fabulous on the nose, with sweet milk chocolate, flowers, currant and plum. Full-bodied, with incredible length. The tannins are so silky, but they are warm and cuddly. You just want to hug it. Powerful but so attractive...
£260.00
Chateau Fourcas Dupre 2009
Chateau Fourcas Dupre
Chateau Fourcas Dupre 2009
Château Fourcas Dupre 2009  48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc & 2% Petit Verdot.  Lovely scented plumy nose, good weight and concentration on the palate. 
£27.00
Chateau Fourcas Hosten 2009
Chateau Fourcas Hosten
Chateau Fourcas Hosten 2009
Château Fourcas Hosten 2009  This Cru property is now in the hands of the Mommeia Brothers of the Hermes clothing and fashion house, they have been investing heavily in wines over recent years. 'Dark crimson, low-key but quite intriguing nose,...
£27.00
Chateau Giscours 2009
Chateau Giscours
Chateau Giscours 2009
Château Giscours 2009   53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc. 'This is the finest Giscours I have tasted in my professional career. Succulent and sexy with an inky/purple colour, it offers sweet aromas of subtle barbecue...
£69.00
Chateau Haut Beausejour 2009
Chateau Haut Beausejour
Chateau Haut Beausejour 2009
Château Haut Beausejour 2009, Saint Estephe, Medoc, Bordeaux, France   Grape varieties, 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Stable-mate of Chateau de Pez. Blackberry and spices on the nose, full-bodied with lovely density of fruit...
£26.50
Chateau Kirwan 2009
Chateau Kirwan
Chateau Kirwan 2009
Château Kirwan 2009 56% Cab Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 13.5% Cab Franc & 13.5% Pet Verdot Great mouth-feel and a good depth of fruit flavours. 'Wow. A subtle yet fabulous burst of fruit on the nose, with currant, mineral and flowers. Full-bodied,...
£69.00
Chateau Lacombe Noaillac Magnum 2009
Chateau Lacombe Noaillac Magnum 2009
Chateau Lacombe Noaillac Medoc Magnum 2009  A blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.  A traditional, savoury and plump claret that is a joy to drink now, but will continue to evolve in Magnum...
£34.99
Chateau Lafon Rochet 2009
Chateau Lafon Rochet
Chateau Lafon Rochet 2009
Château Lafon Rochet 2009  67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot.  Elegant, medium-bodied wine from one of the best value cru classes. Rich and plummy on the nose and carefully extracted on the palate to give a round,...
£57.00
Chateau Lagrange 2009
Chateau Lagrange
Chateau Lagrange 2009
Château Lagrange St Julien 2009  'Dark crimson. Purple rim. Very sweet indeed on the nose - unusually so for St-Julien. Glamorous and luscious with a hint of ink and freshness. Lots to enjoy! The tannins are very well handled and it's pure...
£67.00
Chateau Lalande Borie 2009
Chateau Lalande Borie
Chateau Lalande Borie 2009
Château Lalande Borie 2009  50% Cab Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc  'The finest wine I have ever tasted from Lalande Borie, the 2009 displays lots of purity along with a boatload of blackcurrant, raspberry, and black cherry...
£49.00
Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion 2009
Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion
Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion 2009
Château Larrivet Haut Brion 2009  'Juicy red currant with subtle smoked herbs, truffle, and spice box jump from the glass of this dense wine. Possessing silky tannins, seductive, ripe fruit with an opulent texture and no hard edges, but...
£49.00
Chateau Lascombes 2009
Chateau Lascombes
Chateau Lascombes 2009
Château Lascombes 2009   'Fascinating aromas of crushed berries and fresh herbs follow through to a full body, with velvety, polished tannins and a long, long finish. Wonderful wine. More reserved than the 2005, but potentially better'. J...
£99.00
Chateau Les Ormes de Pez 2009
Chateau Les Ormes De Pez
Chateau Les Ormes de Pez 2009
Château Les Ormes de Pez 2009 54% Cab Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 7% Cab Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Owned by the Cazes family of Ch. Lynch Bages, this estate benefits from the same technical team. Vivid, fruity blackcurrant nose. Rich and tannic on the...
£40.00
Chateau Liversan 2009
Chateau Liversan
Chateau Liversan 2009
Château Liversan, Haut Médoc, Bordeaux 2009  50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon  The vineyard is situated just outside the Pauillac appellation. The wine gets better every year. Rich, round and fruity. Great value! 
£18.00
Chateau Malartic Lagraviere 2009
Chateau Malartic Lagraviere
Chateau Malartic Lagraviere 2009
Château Malartic Lagraviere 2009  55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 8% Cab Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. 'Progress has been ongoing at this vineyard, but proprietor Alexandre Bonnie has hit the proverbial home runs in 2009 with both his red...
£71.00
Chateau Malartic Lagraviere Blanc 2009
Chateau Malartic Lagraviere
Chateau Malartic Lagraviere Blanc 2009
Château Malartic Lagraviere Blanc 2009  Bright pale yellow, fine complexity and fresh dry herbs on the nose, fine flesh and fruit on the palate, an arrestingly vibrant wine with a very good future.
£80.00
Chateau Nenin 2009
Chateau Nenin
Chateau Nenin 2009
Château Nenin 2009  80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. 'What a nose of raspberry jam and violets. Amazingly rich and ripe, yet balanced and elegant. Full-bodied, with layers of ripe tannins and wonderfully ripe fruit. Opulent and sexy. Best...
£68.00
Chateau Potensac 2009
Chateau Potensac
Chateau Potensac 2009
Château Potensac 2009 48% Merlot, 38% Cab Sauv and 14% Cab Franc. Must be one of the top Medoc AC wines of the vintage - Profound and intense with a lush generosity. 'A sleeper of the vintage, the 2009 is probably the finest Potensac ever made,...
£34.00
Chateau Quinault L'Enclos 2009
Chateau Quinault L'Enclos
Chateau Quinault L'Enclos 2009
Château Quinault L'Enclos 2009  70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon  'Now owned by the proprietors of Cheval Blanc, the 2009 Quinault l'Enclos exhibits an opaque purple colour, notes of liquorice, incense,...
£34.95
Chateau Rieussec 2009
Chateau Rieussec
Chateau Rieussec 2009
Château Rieussec 2009 85% Semillon, 11% Sauvignon and 4% Muscadelle. One of the richest wines of the vintage at 13.75% alcohol. Picked over 10 days at the end of September and the beginning of October, this is an intense, concentrated wine of...
£100.00
Chateau Saint Pierre 2009
Chateau Saint Pierre
Chateau Saint Pierre 2009
Chateau Saint Pierre 2009 The all-time greatest wine I have ever tasted from Saint-Pierre, this estate, the smallest of the grand cru classes of St.-Julien, has an opaque purple color and a spectacular nose of subtle charcoal, creme de cassis,...
£110.00
Chateau Talbot 2009
Chateau Talbot
Chateau Talbot 2009
Château Talbot, Saint Julien, Bordeaux, 2009  'This is the most impressive Talbot since the 1982 and 1986. It reveals an opaque plum/garnet/purple colour as well as knock-out aromas of black fruits, cedar, incense, liquorice, and a...
£95.00
Clos Du Marquis 2009
Chateau Leoville Las Cases
Clos Du Marquis 2009
Clos de Marquis 2009 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc & 2% Petit Verdot. 25% new oak ageing. Quite mineral on the nose together with dark fruits, then extract and structure forces its way through. Super harmony and with a...
£67.95
Domaine De Chevalier 2009
Domaine De Chevalier
Domaine De Chevalier 2009
Domaine De Chevalier 2009 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.  Blueberry, sea shell and blackberry aromas. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins, yet polished and cool, with a long, racy finish. Dense, with a solid core of everything. One of our favourite...
£85.00
La Croix De Beaucaillou 2009
Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou
La Croix De Beaucaillou 2009
La Croix de Beaucaillou 2009 'Ducru's second wine, the 2009 Croix de Beaucaillou, is a thrill to taste. Made from a single vineyard, it exhibits a dense purple colour along with a creamy texture and loads of crème de cassis fruit intertwined with...
£52.00
Reserve de la Comtesse 2009
Reserve de la Comtesse
Reserve de la Comtesse 2009
Réserve de la Comtesse, Pauillac, 2009 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc.  The second wine of Pichon Lalande. Currants and flowers on the nose, a really lovely Pauillac. Full-bodied with silky tannins and a...
£54.00