Monthly Archives: June 2010

They think it’s all over …

… it (nearly) is now! This may be the final weekly roundup of en primeur releases from the 2009 Bordeaux campaign. Bar a few highly-feted but very rare right-bank wines almost everything is out now. Take a look to see which of the remaining wines takes your fancy. I have been buying wine for en […]

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Bordeaux 2009 Release: Cos D’Estournel

“The 2009 Cos d’Estournel is one of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted…in the world!”  Thus was this wine described by the world’s most influential wine-writer, Robert Parker. Far from classic St-Estèphe in style, this is an enormously powerful and statuesque wine that balances unctuous fruit with enticing freshness.  2009 Château Cos d’Estournel, […]

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Bordeaux 2009 Releases: Ducru and Figeac

Two new releases this morning: Ducru-Beaucaillou and Figeac. One of the most eagerly awaited releases of the 2009 campaign, Château Figeac excelled in 2009, producing arguably the finest wine in this illustrious St.Emilion’s history. The wine is made from a third of each of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This is a very complete […]

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Bordeaux 2009 Release: La Mission Haut-Brion

The first of the top echelon of wines to be released in this vintage, this is one of the best La Mission ever produced. Powerful and dense, yet retaining an attractive elegance, it was described as being “immortal” by Robert Parker, who gave it one of his highest scores of 98-100 points.  Having swiftly sold […]

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Bordeaux 2009 Release: Pichon Baron

Pichon Baron is a masterclass in refinement, with fine-grained tannins and a pure, mineral nature that is sure to please traditionalists. 2009 Château Pichon-Longueville (Baron), Cru Classé Pauillac £996 per case of 12 bottles in bond Deep in the glass, the aromas are of black fruit, graphite and toast. Revealing considerable density on the palate, […]

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Bordeaux 2009 Release: La Dame de Montrose

Described as “already irresistible” by Robert Parker, this second wine of the sought-after Château Montrose is a true crowd pleaser. An appealing and attractive wine, it has also released at a very reasonable price. 2009 La Dame de Montrose, St-Estèphe £360 per case of 12 bottles in bond The second wine from top St-Estèphe property, […]

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Bordeaux 2009 Releases: Domaine de Chevalier

Two wines from Domaine de Chevalier, a property that is going from strength to strength. The red was described by Robert Parker as “A future legend in the making, this could be the best Domaine de Chevalier produced over the last half century”. 2009 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan £549 per case of […]

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Bordeaux 2009 Release: Langoa Barton

Langoa-Barton is often said to be the feminine counterpart to Léoville-Barton and this is certainly the expression achieved in this vintage. Graceful and elegant, this is a subtle and attractive St-Julien. A property very much on the rise, the quality difference between Langoa and Léoville-Barton has closed, making this another keen value in this vintage. […]

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Bordeaux 2009 Releases: Clos du Marquis, Petit Mouton, Climens etc

Today has been the busiest day of the campaign so far, with many releases throughout the day. These five releases include the second wine of Mouton-Rothschild and the “second wine” of Leoville-Las-Cases, as well as Climens, consistently the best Barsac in any vintage.  Climens was tasted in component parts before blending, but is described by […]

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Bordeaux 2009 Release: Croix de Beaucaillou – £297/12

This, to us, is one of the must-buys of the vintage. On a quality-to-price ratio alone, this is an excellent purchase in any vintage and, when compared to other second-wines of notable properties released in this vintage, this certainly stands out. Easily the best “second” wine of Ducru-Beaucaillou that we have ever tasted, this should […]

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