Bordeaux 2009 – Two Right Bank Releases

Still quite quiet on the Bordeaux-front as Château-owners no doubt reflect on the scores attributed by Robert Parker and give some thought to their potential  prices.  So, just the two releases to tell you about today. 

The first is a wine from the range of properties under the management of Moueix, all of which have performed extremely well in this vintage. Certan de May is described by Robert Parker as “the most powerful, finest overall wine made at this estate since their 1982” and we certainly agree, having been greatly impressed by this wine when we tasted.

2009 Château Certan de May, Pomerol
£369 per case of 6 bottles in bond
One of the stars of the Moueix tasting, real minerality to the nose with graphite and roses. Concentrated, with loganberry and fruitcake characters, alongside fine-grained tannins and a real sense of freshness. This is a big wine that will surely deliver great things with bottle age. Drinking 2018-2028
Robert Parker: 93-95 points (Wine Advocate 188)

The second is a Lay & Wheeler favourite, made by the irrepressible Denis Durantou, who is also responsible for the great Eglise-Clinet (one of Robert Parker’s highest scoring wines in this vintage) and La Petite Eglise. This wine has consistently impressed us with its quality and style, as well as its considerable value for money.

2009 Château Amelisse, Grand Cru St-Emilion
£126 per case of 12 bottles in bond
This is very fine and made from 100% Merlot. Ripe, red berries dominate the perfumed nose and the palate reveals a touch of pepper and spice backed up with fine, silky tannins. Ending with a toasty finish and a hint of graphite minerality, this is a very natural, appealing wine which will reward mid-term cellarage.  Drinking 2012-2018

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