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, 4eme Grand Cru Classe, Saint Julien, Bordeaux, 2009
Chateau Branaire Ducru
Chateau Branaire Ducru 2009
Château Branaire Ducru, 4eme Grand Cru Classe, Saint Julien, Bordeaux, 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...
£86.00
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
Château Climens 1er Cru Barsac, Half Bottle, Bordeaux, France 2009
Chateau Climens
Chateau Climens 1er Cru Barsac 37.5cl 2009
Chateau Climens 1er Cru Barsac Half Bottle, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France 2009 "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...
£59.00
Chateau Climens, 1er Cru Classe, Barsac, Bordeaux, 2009
Chateau Climens
Chateau Climens 2009
Château Climens, 1er Cru Classe, Barsac, Bordeaux, 2009 '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...
£99.00
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...
£95.00
Chateau Figeac, 1er Grand Cru Classe B, Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, 2009
Chateau Figeac
Chateau Figeac 2009
Château Figeac, 1er Grand Cru Classe "B", Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, 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...
£260.00
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Chateau Fourcas Dupre, Listrac-Medoc, Bordeaux, 2009
Chateau Fourcas Dupre
Chateau Fourcas Dupre 2009
Château Fourcas Dupre, Listrac-Medoc, Bordeaux, 2009  48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc & 2% Petit Verdot.  Lovely, scented, plummy nose with good weight and concentration on the palate. 
£27.00
Chateau Lagrange, 3eme Grand Cru Classe, Saint Julien, Bordeaux, 2009
Chateau Lagrange
Chateau Lagrange 2009
Château Lagrange, 3eme Grand Cru Classe, Saint Julien, Bordeaux, 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...
£67.00
Chateau Lalande Borie, Saint Julien, Bordeaux, 2009
Chateau Lalande Borie
Chateau Lalande Borie 2009
Château Lalande Borie, Saint Julien, Bordeaux, 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,...
£49.00
Chateau Rieussec, 1er Grand Cru Classe, Sauternes, Bordeaux, 2009
Chateau Rieussec
Chateau Rieussec 2009
Château Rieussec, 1er Grand Cru Classe, Sauternes, Bordeaux, 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...
£100.00