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 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,...
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...
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...
Château D'Armailhac Cinquième Cru Classé, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France, 2009
Chateau D'Armailhac
Chateau D Armailhac 2009
Château D'Armailhac Cinquième Cru Classé, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France, 2009   "Mid crimson. Can’t explain why but this really, really reminds me of Sassicaia on the nose! Lifted and polished...
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...
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. 
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...
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...
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...
Château Talbot, Saint Julien, Bordeaux, 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...
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...