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.

Château Beaumont 2009 Haut Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Chateau Beaumont
Chateau Beaumont 2009
Château Beaumont 2009 Haut Médoc, Bordeaux, France  One of the best vintages for this Chateau for many years, full rich colour, bags of structure and supple silky tannins. 16.5/20 jancisrobinson.com 
£25.00
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 Broustet, 2eme Cru Classe, Sauternes, Bordeaux, 2009
Chateau Broustet
Chateau Broustet 2009
Château Broustet, 2eme Cru Classe, Sauternes, Bordeaux, 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...
£35.00
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 Chasse Spleen, Moulis en Medoc, Bordeaux, France 2009
Chateau Chasse Spleen
Chateau Chasse Spleen 2009
Château Chasse Spleen, Moulis en Medoc, Bordeaux, France 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...
£50.00
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
Chateau Cos Labory, 5eme Grand Cru Classe, Saint Estephe, Bordeaux, 2009
Chateau Cos Labory
Chateau Cos Labory 2009
Château Cos Labory, 5eme Grand Cru Classe, Saint Estephe, Bordeaux, 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...
£46.00
Chateau Coutet, 1er Cru Classe, Sauternes-Barsac, Bordeaux, 2009
Chateau Coutet
Chateau Coutet 2009
Château Coutet, 1er Cru Classe, Sauternes-Barsac, Barsac, Bordeaux, 2009 75% Semillon, 23% Sauvignon, 2% Muscadelle  Supremely elegant Barsac with fine balance of sugar and acidity. Really fine and fresh with fantastic, honeyed...
£79.99
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 Desmirail, 3eme Grand Cru Classe, Margaux, Bordeaux, 2009
Chateau Desmirail
Chateau Desmirail 2009
Château Desmirail, 3eme Grand Cru Classe, Margaux, Bordeaux, 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...
£47.00
Château du Tertre, Margaux, Bordeaux, France, 2009
Chateau du Tertre
Chateau du Tertre 2009
Château du Tertre, Margaux, Bordeaux, France, 2009  Appealing nose of ripe, fresh black summer fruits, on the palate there are layers of cassis nuances that meld together with silky tannins, giving a velvety texture. In addition to the fruit,...
£65.00
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
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 plumy nose, good weight and concentration on the palate. 
£27.00
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 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
Chateau Saint Pierre, 4eme Grand Cru Classe, Saint Julien, Bordeaux, 2009
Chateau Saint Pierre
Chateau Saint Pierre 2009
Chateau Saint Pierre, 4eme Grand Cru Classe, Saint Julien, Bordeaux, 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...
£110.00
Château Talbot, 4eme Grand Cru Classe, Saint Julien, Bordeaux, 2009
Chateau Talbot
Chateau Talbot 2009
Château Talbot, 4eme Grand Cru Classe, 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,...
£110.00