Tag Archives: Bordeaux 2009

Bordeaux 2008-2011: Union des Grands Crus Tasting

Yesterday, three of our team were lucky enough to taste at the UGC tasting, hosted at the Somerset House in London. Sixteen of the leading Châteaux in Bordeaux showed their wines from the 2011 vintage, as well as the 2010-2008 vintages. This was a great opportunity to see how the 2011s are coming on a […]

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Bordeaux 2009 – 100 Point Parker Scores

Last night Robert Parker released his 2009 Bordeaux in bottle scores, confirming that 2009 is unquestionably the greatest vintage he has ever tasted. He awarded an unprecedented 19 perfect scores stating that “In short, 2009 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in Bordeaux since 1982, of which it is a modern-day version, but greatly […]

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Bordeaux 2009: awaiting Robert Parker’s review

Lay & Wheeler’s fine wine trading expert, Al Luffingham, gives his thoughts on the 2009 vintage: 2009 Bordeaux has been pronounced as a great vintage by wine merchants and critics alike, but perhaps by no-one more so than by the renowned American critic, Robert Parker, who last week tweeted “after 33 years of doing this […]

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2009 Bordeaux UGC tasting

  The stunning décor of the Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden was the setting for one of our most exciting days in recent weeks, an opportunity for the UK Wine Trade to check up on the superlative 2009 Bordeaux, courtesy of the Union des Grands Crus Classés. Nearly a year […]

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First Growth Focus – Château Margaux

As the first part of a mini series on the First Growths,  Lucy Barber, Lay & Wheeler’s Buying Co-ordinator gives us an introduction to the great estate of Château Margaux: With its tree-lined driveway and beautiful 19th-century house, Château Margaux is the embodiment of Bordeaux’s luxury and refinement. As one of the original premier cru of […]

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2009 Bordeaux: Focus on La Croix de Beaucaillou

2009 La Croix de Beaucaillou is one of our must-buys of the vintage, offering excellent St-Julien style and tremendous value for money.  As the second wine of Ducru-Beaucaillou, La Croix de Beaucaillou is made with the same care and attention to detail as the Grand Vin. With fruit taken from the same vineyards and vinified […]

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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 […]

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Bordeaux 2009 Release: Cos D’Estournel

“The 2009 Cos d’Estournel is one of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted…in the world!”  Thus was this wine described by the world’s most influential wine-writer, Robert Parker. Far from classic St-Estèphe in style, this is an enormously powerful and statuesque wine that balances unctuous fruit with enticing freshness.  2009 Château Cos d’Estournel, […]

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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 […]

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Bordeaux 2009 Release: La Mission Haut-Brion

The first of the top echelon of wines to be released in this vintage, this is one of the best La Mission ever produced. Powerful and dense, yet retaining an attractive elegance, it was described as being “immortal” by Robert Parker, who gave it one of his highest scores of 98-100 points.  Having swiftly sold […]

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