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 style, with the added backbone and richness of the 2009. While Robert Parker did not taste at Figeac, this was given 97-100 points by James Suckling in the Wine Spectator.

2009 Château Figeac, 1er Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion
£875 per case of 6 bottles in bond
Deep in the glass, almost opaque. Vibrant dark berry, blackcurrant leaf and plum. This is so complete – often one wishes Figeac had a little more depth or backbone, not so here, this has everything. The palate possesses staggering purity and is very streamlined and focused, with the leafy, supple edge of Cabernet Franc offsetting the evident structure. Very mineral, with gravelly nuances developing as the palate unfurls. This is a sublime Figeac with a taut structure, and far more generosity than many a vintage. Hugely impressive.
Drinking: 2018-2028
James Sucking: 97-100 points (Wine Spectator)

 “Can the 2009 Ducru Beaucaillou be better than the brilliant 2000 and extraordinary 2003 and 2005? Purchasers will have to decide for themselves, but this compelling effort is one of the all-time great Ducru Beaucaillous.”  Robert Parker, Wine Advocate.
Ducru-Beaucaillou is a property that has been going from strength to strength over the last decade and the 2009 is a tour-de-force of great St-Julien. Dense and concentrated, yet elegant and mineral, this is a truly wonderful wine.

 2009 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, Cru Classé St-Julien
£999 per case of 6 bottles in bond
Deep, bright, glossy appearance.  On the nose there is evidence of high quality new oak, but this is in perfect counterpoint to the great concentration of ripe cassis fruit of wonderful purity.  Dense yet perfumed, on the palate there is suppleness and breadth offset by vibrant freshness and sustained minerality. This is, yet again, an excellent Ducru – a wine of power and poise.  The incredible ripe fruit tannins are so well encased by the dark fruit on a long, fresh and very persistent finish.
Drinking: 2018-2030
Robert Parker: 96-98+ points (Wine Advocate 188)

 

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