Bordeaux 2009: ten wines under £300

High scores from influential wine-critic Robert Parker ignited unprecedented demand for the top wines and a rush of speculation concerning their prices and availability. However,  many prices remain reasonable and there are plenty of excellent wines under £300 per case. We have selected ten of the best here:

2009 Château Montaiguillon, Montagne-St-Emilion
£81 per case of 12 bottles
An example of the superb value that vintages such as 2009 can provide from less glamorous appellations. Long a Lay & Wheeler favourite, Château Montaiguillon has the generosity and plush texture of the vintage and will make for delicious mid-week drinking. The nose is fragrant, with notes of crushed raspberry, cherry and fruitcake-spice. Ripe and sophisticated on the palate, with fine-grained tannins. Drinking: 2012-2016

2009 Château Puy-Blanquet, Grand Cru St-Emilion
£120 per case of 12 bottles
One of the wines owned and managed by the Moueix family, owners of Château Petrus, this is perfumed and attractive on the nose, demonstrating the appealing qualities of this vintage. There are notes of crushed, almost cordial, raspberry fruit with an earthy, savoury character lending balance. Plump and pretty on the palate, yet elegant, with finely grippy tannins and a vibrant acidity. Outstanding value. Drink 2015-2025

2009 Château Amelisse, St.Emilion Grand Cru
£126 per case of 12 bottles

Château Amelisse is made by Denis Durantou of L’Eglise-Clinet fame and offers excellent value, due to the attention to detail of one of Bordeaux’s finest vignerons. This is a very fine effort made from 100% Merlot. Ripe, red berries dominate the perfumed nose and the palate reveals a touch of pepper and spice backed up with fine, silky tannins. A natural and appealing wine. Drinking: 2012-2018

2009 Château Chantalouette, Pomerol
£138 per case of 12 bottles
Also owned and managed by Moueix, this property benefits from all the knowledge and experience of their extensive team and offers excellent value. Herbaceous and leafy on the nose. On the palate, this has a glossy and appealing quality. A simple and flowing style, with rich, ripe fruit and a real sense of structure and freshness from the Cabernet Franc. Drink 2014-2019

2009 Château de Fonbel, Grand Cru St-Emilion
£165 per case of 12 bottles

Owned by the Vauthier family of Château Ausone fame, Fonbel is one of several ‘junior’ wines which share a resemblance to their more famous cousins. At a tasting in the partially-renovated château at Ausone itself it showed a taut, slightly herbaceous nose, but after that a lovely sweet palate, mid-weight powdery tannins and a long, very pretty finish. Good value. Drinking: 2015-2022

2009 Château Le Crock, Cru Bourgeois St-Estèphe
£168 per case of 12 bottles
From the Cuvelier stable that produces Léoville-Poyferré, the ‘Cru Bourgeois’ Le Crock is one of the best properties within that designation. With vineyards close to Montrose and Cos d’Estournel, it certainly punches above its weight and has a strong family resemblance to the family’s more exalted wines. Spicy, overtly fruity and with a rich finish. Drinking: 2014-2020

2009 Château Ormes de Pez, Cru Bourgeois St-Estèphe
£240 per case of 12 bottles

Described by Robert Parker as “the best Les Ormes de Pez made in decades”, this is attractive on the nose, with notes of cassis and wet stones. There is a creamy touch to the fruit on the palate and a rich nature. Nonetheless, the minerality that one comes to expect from St-Estèphe adds a delightful balancing freshness, giving this a sense of elegance. Drinking: 2014-2025

2009 La Petite Eglise, Pomerol
£267 per case of 12 bottles

Made by Denis Durantou with Merlot grapes from vineyards adjacent to those of his acclaimed Château L’Eglise Clinet. The colour is deep here and the nose opulent and sensuous. Fresh and expressive, soft and yet structured, with some real grip underneath it all. This has power and concentration and the tannins are revealed on the finish, giving this a good length. Impressive. Drinking: 2015-2022

2009 Château Gloria, St-Julien
£285 per case of 12 bottles
Gloria is great value in this vintage: approachable, yet, elegant, it is an excellent example of the high quality of left-bank Cabernet in this vintage. Open and attractive on the nose, with notes of succulent cassis. The palate is supple, with glossy, dark berry fruit characters and very ripe, well integrated tannins. Made in a pleasing, elegant and highly-approachable style. Drinking: 2015-2025

2009 La Croix de Beaucaillou, St-Julien
£297 per case of 12 bottles

This, to us, is one of the must-buys of the vintage. Easily the best “second” wine of Ducru-Beaucaillou that we have ever tasted, this should be included in any cellar. Attractive and pure blueberry and blackcurrant nose, with creamy notes and a touch of graphite. The palate is focused, the tannins fine and the finish fresh. Gently expressed and well balanced. Drinking: 2015-2023

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