Médoc and Graves, 2009

2009 was one of the greatest ever Bordeaux vintages in the Médoc and Graves.

The 2009 growing season saw relatively benign weather conditions, and consequently individual terroirs (the unique characters of vineyard sites) shone through rather than, say, a particularly hot year determining the style of wines.

As a result, many châteaux took full advantage of the opportunity to let their own style shine through their wines. The left bank showed greater consistency than the right: the Cabernet-based blends being tannic, structured and polished, with simply stunning balance.

Parker, said of the 2009 vintage that it was “unquestionably the greatest Bordeaux vintage I have ever tasted,” and awarded an unprecedented 19 wines (18 red, 1 white) his magical 100 point rating.

More often than not, Parker’s 100-point ratings are awarded to wines at the more expensive end of the spectrum. However, in 2009 Parker also identified several more relatively affordable wines.

2009 has topped off a successful millennium for Bordeaux, following the excellent 2000 and great 2005 vintages. And to put Parker’s 2009 scores into context, he delivered more perfect scores for 2009 than he gave for the 1982, 1990, 2000 and 2005 vintages combined.

Médoc and Graves, 2009

2009 was one of the greatest ever Bordeaux vintages in the Médoc and Graves.

The 2009 growing season saw relatively benign weather conditions, and consequently individual terroirs (the unique characters of vineyard sites) shone through rather than, say, a particularly hot year determining the style of wines.

As a result, many châteaux took full advantage of the opportunity to let their own style shine through their wines. The left bank showed greater consistency than the right: the Cabernet-based blends being tannic, structured and polished, with simply stunning balance.

Parker, said of the 2009 vintage that it was “unquestionably the greatest Bordeaux vintage I have ever tasted,” and awarded an unprecedented 19 wines (18 red, 1 white) his magical 100 point rating.

More often than not, Parker’s 100-point ratings are awarded to wines at the more expensive end of the spectrum. However, in 2009 Parker also identified several more relatively affordable wines.

2009 has topped off a successful millennium for Bordeaux, following the excellent 2000 and great 2005 vintages. And to put Parker’s 2009 scores into context, he delivered more perfect scores for 2009 than he gave for the 1982, 1990, 2000 and 2005 vintages combined.

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  1. Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, 2009 - Cadman Fine Wines

    Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, 2000

    Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2018-2045
    Reviewer Rating: 98 - Robert Parker

    "An amazing opaque blue/purple color is followed by scents of spring flowers, graphite, smoky charcoal, incense, blackberries, blueberries and hints of coffee and chocolate. Incredibly intense, pure and flawlessly constructed with extravagant layers of fruit and richness, this offering has developed beautifully under the management of Christian Seeley." Robert Parker

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  2. Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2009

    Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2009

    Saint-Julien, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2020-2070
    Reviewer Rating: 100 - Robert Parker

    “Full-bodied and intense with Ducru’s inimitable elegance and purity...Magnificent! Bruno Borie has done a remarkable job at Ducru Beaucaillou." Robert Parker

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