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
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
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 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 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