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 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 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 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 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
Reserve de la Comtesse 2009
Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse De Lalande
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