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 de Fargues 2009 (half bottle)

    Château de Fargues 2009 (half bottle)

    Sauternes, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2018-2040
    Reviewer Rating: 97 - Wine Spectator

    "A powerful Sauternes, with tiers of toasted coconut, ginger cream, wheat biscuit and warm brioche rising up out of the core of incredibly lush mango, papaya and orange chiffon flavors." Wine Spectator

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  2. Alter Ego de Palmer 2009

    Alter Ego de Château Palmer 2009

    Margaux, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2018-2027
    Reviewer Rating: 91 - Robert Parker

    “...blackberries, cassis, chocolate, roasted espresso and a smoky/foresty note...hedonistic, juicy, succulent Margaux...” Robert Parker

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

    Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, 2009

    Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

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

    "Incredibly intense, pure and flawlessly constructed with extravagant layers of fruit and richness..." Robert Parker

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  4. Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2009

    Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2009

    Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, 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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  5. Château La Mission Haut-Brion, 2009

    Château La Mission Haut-Brion, 2009

    Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2018-2100
    Reviewer Rating: 100 - Robert Parker

    "A candidate for the wine of the vintage...Perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime La Mission-Haut-Brion, the 2009 will take its place alongside the many great wines made here since the early 1920s." Robert Parker

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