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 Neal Martin as having “spellbinding precision…ethereal definition” and is expected to be the best Climens ever produced.

 Along with these, we are also pleased to release Château d’Issan, a property that has gone from strength to strength over recent vintages. This beautiful example shows it at its best: Intense and mineral even in this ripe vintage, a truly lovely Margaux.

Château Beau-Séjour Bécot is described by Robert Parker as “ a wine of enormous density, power, full-bodied richness and viscosity, it has good vibrancy and a boatload of tannin, but it is all seamlessly integrated in this colossal effort”.

 2009 Château d’Issan, Cru Classé Margaux
£477 per case of 12 bottles in bond
Low yields in this vintage proved key to the style of d’Issan in this vintage. The nose is deep and intense, with black fruit notes. On the palate, this is very smooth and full bodied, with real density and volume. The tannins are fine-grained and integrated and there is a streak of minerality running right through the wine. An interesting combination of very ripe fruit (40% or so Merlot in the blend) backed up by the minerality from the Cabernet Sauvignon. This will develop really well.
Drinking: 2014-2022
Robert Parker: 93-95 points (Wine Advocate 188)

2009 Le Petit Mouton, Pauillac
£375 per case of 6 bottles in bond
Dense in the glass, with aromas of fragrant ripe, soft-skinned berries and lead pencil. This is at once mouthfilling, with a layered, opulent nature and a lushness from the Merlot content. Ample cassis fruit with sleek, finely expressed tannins and notes of mocha and milk chocolate. Not the precision or lift of the Grand Vin, but an impressive Petit Mouton nonetheless.
Drinking: 2015-2025
Robert Parker: 90-92* points (Wine Advocate 188)

2009 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien
£390 per case of 12 bottles in bond
Now considered a wine in its own right (since the inception of Le Petit Lion as the second wine of Las Cases), Clos du Marquis shows vibrant, ample berry fruit, with a lush succulent core. Merlot plays a stronger role than in the Grand Vin and retains a fresh stone-fruit nature. A classic style with soft, round tannins and pleasingly pure fruit. Appealing, with fine length.
Drinking: 2015-2025
Robert Parker: 91-93 points (Wine Advocate 188)

2009 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot, 1er Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion
£519 per case of 12 bottles in bond
Dense black cherry notes, hints of olive and chocolate of ripe Merlot. The palate shows good fruit intensity, allied to great freshness and a pleasing mineral drive – due in large part to the healthy 24% dose of Cabernet Franc. The tannins are ripe and well integrated and the wine has a gentle, flowing texture. A well-handled and well-balanced St Emilion.
Drinking: 2015-2025
Robert Parker: 93-95 points (Wine Advocate 188)

2009 Château Climens, Cru Classé Barsac
£424.50 per case of 6 bottles in bond
£429 per case of 12 half bottles in bond
Tasted before assemblage. Highly botryised in nature. Rich on the palate, yet retaining a lovely sense of delicacy and an expressive florality. There is, naturally, sweetness here, but it seems subtle and reined in. This is likely to be a precise and understated wine, with great poise and finesse.
Drinking: 2015-2030
Neal Martin: 96-98 points (Wine Advocate 188)

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