Bordeaux 2009 | Ten years on | Living up to the hype
2009 Bordeaux is firmly back in focus. When tasting the wines in barrel, Robert Parker called the vintage “magical” and suggested that it “may turn out to be historic”. At that point 2009 stepped into the history books and it turns out this was not just hype.
At the recent Southwold 10 Years On Tasting our Buying Director, David Roberts MW, had the opportunity to taste through a comprehensive line-up of 170 Bordeaux 2009s: from Petrus, Le Pin, and all the First Growths through to the most respected Cru Bourgeois in the Médoc.
His view, like all the critics, is that this is undoubtedly Bordeaux’s best vintage since 2005, but very different in style. The wines are a little more exuberant and boisterous and, while they might still have some of their puppy fat, with eight years of bottle age, one sees superb nuance and complexity. In our original en primeur offer we stated: “These will not be wines for the short-term and will undoubtedly reward patience, but most impor¬tantly, they have huge potential”. David was therefore absolutely delighted that, particularly at the top end, his expectations were not only reached but actually exceeded!
On release in 2010 Parker commented, “In short, 2009 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in Bordeaux since 1982, of which it is a modern day version.” At Southwold they went even further. The lasting memory of this remarkable tasting was the comment of one Master of Wine when asked how this vintage compares with the 1982s. He was very clear that at the top there was no contest. The 2009s win hands down in terms of quality, consistency and sheer potential.
We are delighted that we can offer a wonderful selection from this vintage at all price levels.
To see a full list of Red Bordeaux 2009s click here.