Bordeaux 2009 Releases: Malescot & Branaire

A busy morning today, as we welcome a relative flood of releases from some of the best Châteaux in the region. These two are highly-rated by influential wine-critic Robert Parker and are sure to prove popular in this vintage.

 2009 Château Branaire-Ducru, Cru Classé St-Julien
£498 per case of 12 bottles in bond
Scented berry fruit with a subtle note of mint. On the palate this has lovely purity and a core of ripe fresh fruit, with firm, but silky-nuanced tannins bringing structure and focus.  Refined and elegant in nature, almost linear, with a refreshing minerality. Supple, balanced and gently expressed St-Julien. 
Drinking: 2015-2025
Robert Parker: 92-95 points (Wine Advocate 188)

2009 Château Malescot St-Exupéry, Cru Classé Margaux
£678 per case of 12 bottles in bond
The recent run of strong wines from Malescot has continued in some style with the 2009. Vivid, bright nose of ripe fruit, both red and black. This has the ripeness of fruit and a lovely silky texture, in a structured medium bodied style. There is a lot of volume here, but backed up by a degree of restraint that makes it very appealing and a winning combination of both vintage and commune.
Drinking: 2015-2028
Robert Parker: 95-97 points (Wine Advocate 188)

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