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
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 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 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