Saint-Émilion & Pomerol, 2009

2009 was one of the greatest ever Bordeaux vintages for Saint-Émilion & Pomerol. 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 top dogs of Pomerol and Saint-Émilion were simply breathtaking, and the right bank in general produced many strong, powerful wines with enough fruit to sink a battleship.

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.

Saint-Émilion & Pomerol, 2009

2009 was one of the greatest ever Bordeaux vintages for Saint-Émilion & Pomerol. 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 top dogs of Pomerol and Saint-Émilion were simply breathtaking, and the right bank in general produced many strong, powerful wines with enough fruit to sink a battleship.

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 l'Eglise Clinet, 2009

    Château l'Eglise Clinet, 2009

    Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2020-2060
    Reviewer Rating: 99 - eRobertParker.com

    "Denis Durantou has produced a blockbuster Pomerol. This 2009 is absolutely profound." eRobertParker.com

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  2. Château Pavie, 2009

    Château Pavie, 2009

    Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2020-2050
    Reviewer Rating: 100 - Robert Parker

    "...a buried graphite edge and lingering spice notes that hint at the reward for extended cellaring. It's amazing to see the results when ambition and execution are equal." Wine Spectator

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  3. Château Cheval Blanc, 2009

    Château Cheval Blanc, 2009

    Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé (A), Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2018-2050
    Reviewer Rating: 99 - Robert Parker

    "...this dense wine is staggeringly concentrated, very full-bodied, powerful, and silky smooth. Irresistible already, it is almost frightening to think how compelling this beauty should be in a few years." Robert Parker

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  4. Château Ausone, 2009

    Château Ausone, 2009

    Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé (A), Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2020-2060
    Reviewer Rating: 98 - Robert Parker

    “A masterpiece in the making...this is an extraordinary wine. Sadly, there are fewer than 1,200 cases ... for the world.” Robert Parker

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