Bordeaux 2009 Releases: Talbot and La Lagune

Two well-priced releases from the Left Bank today, both of which have performed extremely well in this vintage.

Thanks to huge investment in both vineyard and winery from M. Frey, La Lagune is improving with every vintage. Described by Robert Parker as “gorgeously aromatic” and the “quintessential expression of this terroir”, this is a delicious example of modern-Bordeaux.

2009 Château La Lagune, Cru Classé Haut-Médoc
£396 per case of 12 bottles in bond
With notes crushed bramble fruit, woodsmoke and violets on the nose, this is really enticing. The palate has a rich, firm feel, with sweet, grippy tannin, lots of black berry fruit and a long complex finish of vanilla and liquorice. Drinking: 2015-2022
Robert Parker: 94-96 points (Wine Advocate 188)

Robert Parker believes the 2009 Talbot to be “the most impressive Talbot since the 1982 and 1986” and we were similarly impressed. Harmonious and balanced, this is a classic St-Julien and offers great value in this vintage. 

2009 Château Talbot, Cru Classé St-Julien
£417 per case of 12 bottles in bond
Classic, perfumed, gently expressive St-Julien nose. Voluminous, with soft, ripe berry fruit flavours spreading easily across the cushioned palate. There is good freshness, pleasing weight and a balanced sweet, ripe tannin structure. Harmonious and attractive.
Drinking: 2015-2028
Robert Parker: 92-94 points (Wine Advocate 188)

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