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Bordeaux 2009 and 2019

Bordeaux 2009 and 2019 - Prince Wine Store

Bordeaux 2009 and 2019

Wine producers in Bordeaux are saying that the 2019 is always great: great from the barrel, great from the bottle and great from the cellar. Whether it turns out to be as exceptional in quality as other years that made open and beautiful wines after bottling, such as 1982, 1990, 2009, and 2015, remains to be seen but the 2019 delivers some fantastic wines, both white and red. And I recommend buying them. They were released at relatively reasonable prices as en primeur, and they remain so depending on the wine.

Harmony, balance and freshness are definitely the hallmarks of the 2019 after tasting and rating almost 1,500 Bordeaux from the vintage. The reds in general have a cool fruit character to them, despite the hot grape-growing season, and they also show fine, integrated tannins and bright finishes. They were extremely aromatic and perfumed from the outset, with complexity in fruit and soil-derived nuances such as flowers, wet earth, mushrooms and bark. The greatest wines now change all the time in the glass, both with aromatics and flavors.

I have always loved vintages that make great wines that impress you with the nose before the palate. And 2019 does just that. JAMES SUCKLING

 

2009 BORDEAUX STILL STUNS 10 YEARS ON – The good news is that many 2009 red Bordeaux tasted stunning and some were breathtaking. STUART PIGOTT, jamessuckling.com

 

A Test Of Greatness: 2009 Bordeaux Ten Years On – Excitement hung heavy in the air and winemakers wore Cheshire cat grins when I tasted the 2009s from barrel almost 10 years ago. Everyone knew they were in the presence of a great vintage. Even with the wines’ umbilical cords attached, nobody who attended primeurs that year will forget the seductive intensity of fruit and the luscious textures. Two thousand and nine was born Rubenesque. Its greatness would not be determined by performances in the primeur circus, with its jugglers and clowns; instead, the real litmus test would be how the wines evolved in bottle. A truly great vintage does not sprint out of the blocks and then trip over its shoelaces after a few strides. Nor does it necessarily have to be a marathon runner – i.e., undrinkable for the first few decades. In my book, a prerequisite for greatness is “satisfying longevity,” manifesting entrancing secondary aromas and flavors gently sculpted by time, and translating the nuances of terroir both inter-appellation and inter-château. These are the dividends for wine lovers patiently cellaring their bottles. A great vintage should look down imperiously upon other growing seasons and gracefully demonstrate what superiority means.

I love the 2009 Bordeaux vintage. It boasts a smorgasbord of gorgeous wines, among the finest that many properties produced up to that point; wines that fulfill the promise heaped upon them at birth. Generally, the style of the 2009s is predictably fleshy and powerful, rich and sumptuous.

It was only when tasting the First Growths and one or two overperforming châteaux, both sighted and certainly blind, that I began to entertain the notion of perfection. NEAL MARTIN, March 2019

 

2009 and 2019 Bordeaux – a decade apart but many comparisons to be drawn between these two super vintages. At this early stage 2019 appears to share many of the defining characteristics of its older sibling. Dense, ripe, richly fruited wines with properly ripe tannins and plenty of energy. Those of you who have had a look at any 09s throughout their journey so far in bottle will likely have noted that while the year yielded some fairly concentrated and boldly fruited examples, they also lack nothing in freshness, structure or detail. Ripe as it is 09 is not an overripe year by any means and has shown that the hype surrounding the year early on is indeed well deserved. The best 2009s are already shaking off a little of their youthful grit and beginning to show a little more of themselves but they have a very long and bright future ahead of them.

Perhaps, considering the similarities in vintage and, potentially the wines, we can approach this release with similar expectations? Indeed many comparisons between the two have been made already. It would appear as though 2019 will deliver similarly exuberant wines and, as with the 09s they should also have a long drinking window ahead of them. Certainly the plaudits are rolling in and are very reminiscent of those from its predecessor. Will 2019 eventually match the brilliance of 2009? Everything seen and heard so far would suggest so, it would appear that 2019 will join the list of the most successful vintages of the 21st century thus far.

In this offer we have a carefully considered selection of some of the best wines of this new release and a truly exciting 2009 back vintage offer.

2019 Vintage was released in the middle of the first Covid wave and due to the uncertainty of exchange rates and the state of the world we didn’t run a Bordeaux 2019 campaign – but the wines are getting great reviews the exchange rate has bounced and there is still good stock so we felt that the time is right to offer them ex chateau.

We have also seen a great demand for Bordeaux that is ready to drink and the 2009 vintage was a warm dry vintage that perhaps sold in the shadow of 2010 but is now offering great – ready and almost ready to drink options. Pricing wise the 2009 are often similar if not a little less that the 2019’s.

Once again we have relied on Tom Portet to help with this curated list. Wines are offered ex chateau – prices listed include all taxes and we hope to have these here by August / September this year.

Regards

Alex Wilcox

 

 

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Wine producers in Bordeaux are saying that the 2019 is always great: great from the barrel, great from the bottle and great from the cellar. Whether it turns out to be as exceptional in quality as other years that made open and beautiful wines after bottling, such as 1982, 1990, 2009, and 2015, remains to be seen but the 2019 delivers some fantastic wines, both white and red. And I recommend buying them. They were released at relatively reasonable prices as en primeur, and they remain so depending on the wine.

Harmony, balance and freshness are definitely the hallmarks of the 2019 after tasting and rating almost 1,500 Bordeaux from the vintage. The reds in general have a cool fruit character to them, despite the hot grape-growing season, and they also show fine, integrated tannins and bright finishes. They were extremely aromatic and perfumed from the outset, with complexity in fruit and soil-derived nuances such as flowers, wet earth, mushrooms and bark. The greatest wines now change all the time in the glass, both with aromatics and flavors.

I have always loved vintages that make great wines that impress you with the nose before the palate. And 2019 does just that. JAMES SUCKLING

 

2009 BORDEAUX STILL STUNS 10 YEARS ON - The good news is that many 2009 red Bordeaux tasted stunning and some were breathtaking. STUART PIGOTT, jamessuckling.com

 

A Test Of Greatness: 2009 Bordeaux Ten Years On - Excitement hung heavy in the air and winemakers wore Cheshire cat grins when I tasted the 2009s from barrel almost 10 years ago. Everyone knew they were in the presence of a great vintage. Even with the wines’ umbilical cords attached, nobody who attended primeurs that year will forget the seductive intensity of fruit and the luscious textures. Two thousand and nine was born Rubenesque. Its greatness would not be determined by performances in the primeur circus, with its jugglers and clowns; instead, the real litmus test would be how the wines evolved in bottle. A truly great vintage does not sprint out of the blocks and then trip over its shoelaces after a few strides. Nor does it necessarily have to be a marathon runner – i.e., undrinkable for the first few decades. In my book, a prerequisite for greatness is “satisfying longevity,” manifesting entrancing secondary aromas and flavors gently sculpted by time, and translating the nuances of terroir both inter-appellation and inter-château. These are the dividends for wine lovers patiently cellaring their bottles. A great vintage should look down imperiously upon other growing seasons and gracefully demonstrate what superiority means.

I love the 2009 Bordeaux vintage. It boasts a smorgasbord of gorgeous wines, among the finest that many properties produced up to that point; wines that fulfill the promise heaped upon them at birth. Generally, the style of the 2009s is predictably fleshy and powerful, rich and sumptuous.

It was only when tasting the First Growths and one or two overperforming châteaux, both sighted and certainly blind, that I began to entertain the notion of perfection. NEAL MARTIN, March 2019

 

2009 and 2019 Bordeaux – a decade apart but many comparisons to be drawn between these two super vintages. At this early stage 2019 appears to share many of the defining characteristics of its older sibling. Dense, ripe, richly fruited wines with properly ripe tannins and plenty of energy. Those of you who have had a look at any 09s throughout their journey so far in bottle will likely have noted that while the year yielded some fairly concentrated and boldly fruited examples, they also lack nothing in freshness, structure or detail. Ripe as it is 09 is not an overripe year by any means and has shown that the hype surrounding the year early on is indeed well deserved. The best 2009s are already shaking off a little of their youthful grit and beginning to show a little more of themselves but they have a very long and bright future ahead of them.

Perhaps, considering the similarities in vintage and, potentially the wines, we can approach this release with similar expectations? Indeed many comparisons between the two have been made already. It would appear as though 2019 will deliver similarly exuberant wines and, as with the 09s they should also have a long drinking window ahead of them. Certainly the plaudits are rolling in and are very reminiscent of those from its predecessor. Will 2019 eventually match the brilliance of 2009? Everything seen and heard so far would suggest so, it would appear that 2019 will join the list of the most successful vintages of the 21st century thus far.

In this offer we have a carefully considered selection of some of the best wines of this new release and a truly exciting 2009 back vintage offer.

2019 Vintage was released in the middle of the first Covid wave and due to the uncertainty of exchange rates and the state of the world we didn't run a Bordeaux 2019 campaign - but the wines are getting great reviews the exchange rate has bounced and there is still good stock so we felt that the time is right to offer them ex chateau.

We have also seen a great demand for Bordeaux that is ready to drink and the 2009 vintage was a warm dry vintage that perhaps sold in the shadow of 2010 but is now offering great - ready and almost ready to drink options. Pricing wise the 2009 are often similar if not a little less that the 2019's.

Once again we have relied on Tom Portet to help with this curated list. Wines are offered ex chateau - prices listed include all taxes and we hope to have these here by August / September this year.

Regards

Alex Wilcox

 

 

  1. Angelus 2009
    Angelus 2009

    Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

     

    1er Grand Cru Classé A

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2009 Angélus has a very refined bouquet with a mixture of red and black fruit, quite lavish in style with hints of crushed violet developing in the glass. You cannot help but be taken by the purity of this Angélus. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe and supple tannin, well judged acidity, beautifully balanced with supremely well integrated oak towards the finish. This is a wonderful Angélus that should give another two or three decades of drinking pleasure. Tasted at BI Wines & Spirits' Ten Year On tasting. Neal Martin 96

     

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  2. Angelus 2019
    Angelus 2019

    Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

     

    1er Grand Cru Classé A

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2019 Angélus is every bit as impressive as it was from barrel. Silky, medium in body and wonderfully nuanced, the 2019 is pure class. All the elements come together so beautifully as the 2019 builds with a bit of air. Forty percent of the Franc was aged in cask, an approach that works so well here in coaxing all of the energy of Franc to complement the Merlot. Antonio Galloni 97

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  3. Belgrave 2009
    Belgrave 2009

    Haut-Médoc

    5ème Cru Classé

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

    The 2009 Belgrave has a ripe red cherry, kirsch scented bouquet with hints of raisin and fig. It is just flirting with over-ripeness...but not over-ripe! The palate is medium-bodied with candied red fruit, a little chewy in texture and perhaps needing more mineralité on the finish. Yet, there is fine density and decent precision on the finish. Maybe give this another couple of years in bottle. Tasted at BI Wines & Spirits' Ten Year On tasting. Neal Martin 90

     

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  4. Calon Segur 2009
    Calon Segur 2009

    Saint-Estèphe

     

    3ème Cru Classé

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2009 Calon-Ségur has a classic Saint-Estèphe bouquet with pencil box and freshly tilled earth on the nose, beautifully defined if not with quite the same pedigree that François Millet imparts into the Grand Vin nowadays. (Less Merlot here than other examples.) The palate is medium-bodied, masculine in style, a little closed at first, strict and detailed yet missing some flesh and density on the finish. Unlike the bottle poured blind a week later that was much more exuberant and higher-toned. It is a fine Calon-Ségur but it is shaded by say the 2014, 2015 and 2016. Tasted at BI Wines & Spirits' Ten Year On tasting. Neal Martin 93

     

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  5. Calon Segur 2019
    Calon Segur 2019

    Saint-Estèphe

     

    3ème Cru Classé

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    At Canon, it’s all about site, site and site, such a critical factor in 2019 on the Right Bank. 
    The 2019 Canon is creamy and layered. A wine of immense charm and sensuality, the 2019 is immediately appealing today, but also clearly has the potential to age for many decades. The 2019 is not as exuberant as most recent vintages, and yet its balance is simply magnificent. Readers can expect an aristocratic Saint-Émilion that is holding so much in reserve. Patience is key. Tasted three times. Antonio Galloni 98

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  6. Canon 2009
    Canon 2009

    Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

     

    1er Grand Cru Classé B

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2009 Canon-la-Gaffelière has a very attractive bouquet with truffle and smoke infused black fruit, hints of roasted chestnut, secondary aromas beginning to come through nicely. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, very well balanced with hints of black toast and white pepper filtering through. This is well defined and more persistent than some of its peers, likewise it has become more classic in style in recent years. Superb. Tasted at BI Wines & Spirits' annual Ten Year On tasting. Neal Martin

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  7. Canon 2009 1500ml
    Canon 2009 1500ml
    Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

     

    1er Grand Cru Classé B

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2009 Canon-la-Gaffelière has a very attractive bouquet with truffle and smoke infused black fruit, hints of roasted chestnut, secondary aromas beginning to come through nicely. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, very well balanced with hints of black toast and white pepper filtering through. This is well defined and more persistent than some of its peers, likewise it has become more classic in style in recent years. Superb. Tasted at BI Wines & Spirits' annual Ten Year On tasting. Neal Martin 93

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  8. Canon 2009 3000ml
    Canon 2009 3000ml
    Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

     

    1er Grand Cru Classé B

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2009 Canon-la-Gaffelière has a very attractive bouquet with truffle and smoke infused black fruit, hints of roasted chestnut, secondary aromas beginning to come through nicely. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, very well balanced with hints of black toast and white pepper filtering through. This is well defined and more persistent than some of its peers, likewise it has become more classic in style in recent years. Superb. Tasted at BI Wines & Spirits' annual Ten Year On tasting. Neal Martin 93

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  9. Cheval Blanc 2009
    Cheval Blanc 2009

    Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

     

    1er Grand Cru Classé A

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2009 Cheval Blanc has a rambunctious nose with copious red fruit, meat juices, sage and crushed stone aromas, ineffably complex. This is so refined, constantly mutating in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, saturated tannin. There is a mixture of red and black fruit, hints of cassis, cardamom and allspice. Immense depth and grip towards the finish expresses ripe Cabernet Franc. This is an outstanding 2009 destined for long-term ageing. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. Neal Martin 98

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  10. Doisy Daene LExtravagant 2019 375mL
    Doisy Daene LExtravagant 2019 375mL

    Sauternes, Haut Barsac

    Cru Classé

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    In 2019 Doisy-Daëne's L'Extravagant is perhaps not as flamboyant as it can be, but that's not an issue at all, as it is still an absolute stunner. Tangerine oil, passionfruit, ginger, spice and pineapple are beautifully laced together in the L'Extravagant. The interplay of fruit richness, texture and underlying minerality makes for a dazzling Barsac that is alluring right out of the gate, but that will also age gracefully for many years. Antonio Galloni 97

    2019
    Sem/Sauv Blend
    France
    356
  11. Domaine de Chevalier Rouge 2019
    Domaine de Chevalier Rouge 2019

    Pessac Léognan

     

    Grand Cru Classé

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2019 Domaine de Chevalier has the potential to be one of the wines of the vintage. Regal and soaring in the glass, with tremendous intensity, the 2019 is pure magic. An exotic mélange of ripe red plum, gravel, spice, cured meats and incense develops with time in the glass. Effortless and wonderfully nuanced, the 2019 is a fabulous wine in the making. Don't miss it. Antonio Galloni 95/97

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  12. Figeac 2009
    Figeac 2009

    Saint Émilion Grand Cru

     

    1er Grand Cru Classé A

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2009 Figeac is a gorgeous wine that is really coming into its own. It has quite a precocious bouquet with wild strawberry, blood orange, fig jam, marmalade and gravelly aromas courtesy of the Cabernets. There is real depth on what is quite lush aromatics. The palate is beautifully balanced, very pure with a velvet texture, plenty of ripe red fruit, white pepper, clove, blood orange and kirsch notes, building wonderful towards a powerful yet controlled finish. This is drinking supremely well now, but it will cruise at high altitude for a number of years. Tasted at the château. Neal Martin 94

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  13. Haut Bailly 2009
    Haut Bailly 2009

    Pessac Léognan

     

    Cru Classé

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2009 Haut-Bailly has a very pure bouquet with blackberry, liquorice, hints of star anise and boysenberry jam, opulent and vivacious, a little glossy perhaps? The palate is medium-bodied with very supple and lithe tannin matched with a fine bead of acidity. Lovely balance here, fine tension with a insistent grip, layers of black fruit laced with cedar and graphite towards the very Pauillac-like finish. Superb. Tasted at BI Wines & Spirits' Ten Year On tasting. Neal Martin 94

     

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  14. Haut Bailly 2019
    Haut Bailly 2019

    Pessac Léognan

     

    Cru Classé

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2019 Haut-Bailly was picked 23 September to 10 October. After 10-15 minutes in the glass the wine gradually unfurls to reveal beautiful red berry fruit, crushed stone, wilted rose petals and faint hints of blueberry. The palate is quite brilliantly balanced, the tannins extremely fine and framing the slightly earthy black fruit laced with salt. Though Véronique Sanders suggests that it bears a semblance to the 2009 with more depth, I cannot see that verisimilitude. To me, it is a less flamboyant and more terroir expressive Haut-Bailly that has an effortless allure and a sense of sophistication. Wonderful. Neal Martin 96-98

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  15. Haut Brion 2009
    Haut Brion 2009


     

    Pessac Léognan

     

    1er Cru Classé

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2009 Haut-Brion has a less precocious but more detailed bouquet, more nuanced perhaps with warm slates baking in the summer sun, tilled loam and cedar infusing the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, perfect acidity, layers of mineral-rich black fruit. This seems to have gained more complexity in recent years and is beginning to flirt with perfection. It’s not there yet, but it is moving in that direction. Tasted at BI Wines & Spirits' Ten Year On tasting. Neal Martin 97



     

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  16. Haut Brion 2019
    Haut Brion 2019

    Pessac Léognan

     

    1er Cru Classé

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2019 Haut-Brion is seriously impressive. A dark, virile wine, the 2019 impresses with its vertical energy and statuesque elegance. It's a Haut-Brion that will only reveal itself over many years. Today, the density and resonance are super-impressive and also hugely promising. Classic savory and mineral notes start to emerge over time. I can't wait to see how this ages. Antonio Galloni 98

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  17. Haut Brion Blanc 2019
    Haut Brion Blanc 2019

    Pessac Léognan

     

    1er Cru Classé

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2019 Haut-Brion Blanc simply has it all; energy, texture and striking aromatics all race across the palate. I would be in no rush to open the 2019, as it needs time. Today, it is the wine's pure richness and depth that are so impressive. Hints of orchard fruit, white pepper, slate, lemon confit, dried flowers and chamomile build over time. The 2019 is a glorious wine. That's pretty much all there is to it. Antonio Galloni 97

    2019
    Sem/Sauv Blend
    France
    356
  18. La Conseillante 2009
    La Conseillante 2009

    Pomerol

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2009 La Conseillante has a very classy and sophisticated bouquet with beautifully defined black and red fruit mixed with black truffle and pressed rose petals. The oak is just completely subsumed here. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe and saturated tannin, a fine line of acidity, fresh and tensile with a sense of mineralité on the finish. This bottle shows even better than the one poured at the property 12 months earlier. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. Neal Martin 97

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  19. La Mission Haut Brion 2009 1500mL
    La Mission Haut Brion 2009 1500mL
    Pessac Leognan

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    Bright, deep ruby. Brooding, complex cabernet sauvignon-dominated nose of uncommon depth, offering notes of cassis, cigar box, minerals, cedar and dry herbs. Extremely pure and fresh, with massive but still totally unevolved flavors of blackcurrant, dark plum and minerals. I love this wine's impeccable balance and smooth, tactile finish. A monumental La Mission with outstanding persistence. Stephen Tanzer 97+

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  20. La Mission Haut Brion 2009 3000mL
    La Mission Haut Brion 2009 3000mL

    Pessac Leognan

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    Bright, deep ruby. Brooding, complex cabernet sauvignon-dominated nose of uncommon depth, offering notes of cassis, cigar box, minerals, cedar and dry herbs. Extremely pure and fresh, with massive but still totally unevolved flavors of blackcurrant, dark plum and minerals. I love this wine's impeccable balance and smooth, tactile finish. A monumental La Mission with outstanding persistence. Stephen Tanzer 97+

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  21. La Mission Haut Brion 2009 6000mL
    La Mission Haut Brion 2009 6000mL
    Pessac Leognan

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    Bright, deep ruby. Brooding, complex cabernet sauvignon-dominated nose of uncommon depth, offering notes of cassis, cigar box, minerals, cedar and dry herbs. Extremely pure and fresh, with massive but still totally unevolved flavors of blackcurrant, dark plum and minerals. I love this wine's impeccable balance and smooth, tactile finish. A monumental La Mission with outstanding persistence. Stephen Tanzer 97+

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  22. La Mission Haut Brion Blanc 2019
    La Mission Haut Brion Blanc 2019

    Pessac Léognan

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2019 La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc, formerly known as Laville Haut-Brion of course, is complex on the nose with peach skin, orange blossom and honeysuckle aromas gently unfolding with each swirl. As usual with this wine, it only really begins to "sing" after an hour's aeration (something I can afford to do at home and not when tasting at the château.) The palate is poised and vibrant on the entry. Notes of orange rind, melon and white peaches dovetail into a more resinous, textural finish that fans out gloriously. This is outstanding, but one worth cellaring as it will repay bottle age. Neal Martin 98

    2019
    Sem/Sauv Blend
    France
    356
  23. Lafite Rothschild 2009
    Lafite Rothschild 2009

    Pauillac

    1er Cru Classé

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    (a blend of 82.5% cabernet sauvignon, 17% merlot, and 0.5% petit verdot; 13.8% alcohol; 75 IPT; a 43% selection of the total crop) Deep ruby-red. The deep, intense nose is a bit more forward than usual for Lafite, displaying classic, pure aromas of cassis, cedar and graphite. Enters the mouth beautifully pure and fresh, with laser-like precision to its deceptively light blackcurrant, blackberry, cedar and mineral flavors. The exceptionally refined tannins give this wine an utterly seamless quality on the pure, extremely long, mineral-driven finish. Though it will be drinking well sooner than usual, this truly remarkable wine will be enjoyed by your grandchildren as well. Is it lacking just a bit of flesh to reach a perfect score? This may yet turn out to be the wine of the vintage, and is an archetypical expression of the unique characteristics of great Bordeaux cabernet sauvignon. Ian D’Agata 96-99

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  24. Lafite Rothschild 2019
    Lafite Rothschild 2019

    Pauillac

    1er Cru Classé

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2019 Lafite-Rothschild is sensual, alluring and simply breathtaking in its beauty. A vivid, towering Lafite, the 2019 simply has it all. Even with all of its intensity, the 2019 possesses striking minerality and tension that give the wine its sense of drive and precision. it is a stunning wine by any measure. The blend is 94% Cabernet 5% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot, including some Merlot from clay-rich parcels that are new to the Grand Vin.

    Technical Director Eric Kohler describes 2019 as an easier vintage than 2018, a year that saw quite a bit of disease pressure and extremes of temperature. Kohler added that while 2019 was hot, it was consistently hot, and therefore the vines adapted to the conditions as opposed to being shocked by sudden changes. Yields were a very classic 36-40 hectoliters per hectare, depending on the property. Cuvaison was about three weeks, with gentle extractions. As always one of the signatures at Lafite is the use of a portion of press lots in the final blends. Antonio Galloni 96-98

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  25. Le Boscq 2019
    Le Boscq 2019

    Saint Estèphe

    Cru Bourgeois

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2019 Le Boscq is fabulous. A rush of wild cherry, smoke, licorice, tobacco, incense and scorched earth races across the palate. This deep, flavorful Saint-Estèphe is wonderfully expressive today. I would give the tannins a few years to soften. Le Boscq is a great choice for readers who want to explore the appellation without splurging on some of the bigger names. Antonio Galloni 93

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  26. l'Eglise Clinet 2009
    l'Eglise Clinet 2009

    Pomerol

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2009 l’Eglise-Clinet was picked 14 to 28 September and matured in 80% new oak. It remains remarkably youthful on the nose, rendering the brilliant 2010 a bit introverted by comparison. This comes racing out of the blocks with ebullient red cherries, crushed strawberry and raspberry fruit, touches of dried rose petal and melted tar. With aeration there is just a touch of liquorish. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin that belies the arching structure underneath. It manages to retain awesome power and yet deliver a refined finish that feels long and tender. Stunning. Tasted at the l’Eglise-Clinet vertical at the château in April 2018. Neal Martin 97

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  27. Leoville Poyferre 2009
    Leoville Poyferre 2009

    Saint Julien

     

    2ème Cru Classé

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2009 Léoville Poyferré has an outstanding bouquet with blackberry, mint and cedar aromas, almost Pauillac in style, very dense and with plenty of horsepower. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, saturated tannins that frame layers of blackberry infused with graphite and white pepper. I love the symmetry and control of this Poyferré, in particular its persistent finish. This is a magnificent wine from Didier Cuvelier. Tasted at BI Wines & Spirits' Ten Year On tasting. Neal Martin 96

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  28. Leoville Poyferre 2019
    Leoville Poyferre 2019

    Saint Julien

     

    2ème Cru Classé

     

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    The 2019 Léoville-Poyferré is creamy, racy and voluptuous to the core. Bright red cherry/plum fruit, blood orange, mint, spice and menthol fill out the layers with effortless grace. In some tastings, the 2019 has come across as quite powerful, while in other moments it shows greater finesse. Either way, the 2019 is positively stunning. I very much admire its energy and persistence. Tasted three times. Antonio Galloni 97

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  29. Lynch Bages 2009
    Lynch Bages 2009

    Pauillac

     

    5ème Cru Classé

     

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    Bright ruby-red. Very pure, perfumed aromas of blackberry and licorice. Dense, generous and deep if youthfully tightly wound, with sweet black fruit flavors nicely framed by sound acidity. Finishes with serious tannic clout and complex saline and peppery notes. An extremely backward and very impressive Lynch Bages for serious cellaring. Stephen Tanzer 93+

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  30. Lynch Bages 2019
    Lynch Bages 2019

    Pauillac

     

    5ème Cru Classé

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2019 Lynch Bages is every bit as magnificent from bottle as it was from barrel, if not moreso. What a wine! Towering and vertical in its bearing, the 2019 is a total stunner. There is plenty of Lynch Bages charm, but what distinguishes the 2019 most is its spine of tannin and energy. Time in the glass brings out sweet red cherry, plum, blood orange and pomegranate and mint. The 2019 is a great, great, great Lynch Bages. It reminds me of the epic 1989, but with the youthful grip of this vintage. A towering Pauillac, the 2019 Lynch Bages will make a great addition to any cellar. Antonio Galloni 99

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  31. Margaux 2009
    Margaux 2009

    Margaux

     

    1er Cru Classé

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    (a blend of 87% cabernet sauvignon, 9% merlot, 2% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot; pH 3.79; 13.3% alcohol; represents a stringent 36% selection) Good full ruby-red. Pure, ripe aromas of cassis, graphite and cedar, lifted by floral and mineral high notes. Dense and amazingly concentrated yet light on its feet, with compelling, extremely pure flavors of spicy blackcurrant, tobacco leaf and minerals. The extremely long, slow-building and wonderfully fine-grained finish offers an exhilarating combination of power and sweetness. This comes across as quite backward today yet is anything but austere. A real essence of Margaux's great terroir, and one of my favorite wines of the vintage. As I walked to the parking lot with Pontallier after the tasting, he said to me, "If people don't think this is one of the greatest wines I have ever made, then it means I haven't really understood anything in the last 30 years spent making wine." Ian D’Agata 97-100

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  32. Margaux 2019
    Margaux 2019

    Margaux

     

    1er Cru Classé

     

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    The 2019 Margaux is a total showstopper. A thrilling wine that melds together the textural intensity of the year with striking vibrancy, Margaux is just stunning. All the classic Margaux signatures are amplified in such dramatic fashion. The 2019 is a wine of pure and total sensuality. A second sample that arrived very late after having been stuck in customs was shockingly vibrant when I tasted it out of curiosity. I couldn't help myself. In the early going, Margaux is shaping up to be one of the wines of the vintage. Don't miss it.

    Estate Manager Philippe Bascaules and his team turned out two spectacular wines in 2019. Note: I did not taste the Pavillon Blanc, as the estate thought it was too fragile to ship. Bascaules describes 2019 as an easy vintage. Flowering was normal and set was good. Yields came in at a healthy 47 hectoliters per hectare, more than 2017 or 2018, the summer heat spikes notwithstanding. Bascaules opted to pick the Merlot early and gave those lots a very gentle extractions at low temperatures, whereas the Cabernet Sauvignon vinifications were a much more typical 20-22 days at 28-30 degrees Celsius. In tasting, the 2019s have more tannins than any other vintage, with the exception of 2018, and yet the wines don't show that at all. Antonio Galloni 98-100

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  33. Montrose 2009
    Montrose 2009

    Saint Estèphe

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    The 2009 Montrose has a taut, brilliantly defined bouquet with intense black fruit laced with crushed stone, forest floor, crushed rose petals and a touch of slate. Magnificent. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, good depth and grip, plenty of graphite locked in here with a bravura finish that indicates that this Saint-Estèphe is in for the long-haul. It may well deserve a higher score as it evolves in bottle. Everything you wish for in a Montrose. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. Neal Martin 98+

     

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  34. Mouton Rothschild 2009
    Mouton Rothschild 2009

    Pauillac

     

    1er Grand Cru Classé

     

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    The 2009 Mouton Rothschild is exceptionally beautiful. A huge, powerful wine, the 2009 possesses stunning richness and radiance, with plenty of underlying structure to support all of that exuberance. Smoke, grilled herbs, tobacco and incense give the 2009 much of its exotic, captivating personality. Seamless, opulent, yet with terrific freshness, the 2009 is sure to thrill those fortunate to own it for several decades. In a word: dazzling. The blend is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot. Harvest took place between September 23 and October 6 in a year marked with dry weather, higher than average temperatures and generous sunshine. Antonio Galloni 98+

     

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  35. Mouton Rothschild 2019
    Mouton Rothschild 2019

    Pauillac

     

    1er Grand Cru Classé

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2019 Mouton Rothschild comes off the back of a succession of superlative wines that you would have to go back to the late Forties to see again. Deep in colour, it has a very composed and refined bouquet: very pure blackberry intermingling with bilberry and graphite, touches of Earl Grey and crushed stone emerging after several minutes in the glass. The palate is beautifully balanced with finely-chiseled tannins, a little spicier than the previous vintage from barrel last year, gently building and fanning out towards the poised finish. This is a sophisticated, classic Mouton-Rothschild that will require a little more cellaring than some recent vintages, but will surely be worth the wait. Neal Martin 96-98

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  36. Palmer 2009
    Palmer 2009

    Margaux

     

    3ème Cru Classé

     

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    The 2009 Palmer has a beautifully defined bouquet with bright black cherry and boysenberry fruit, crushed stone and rose petal. Not as decadent as the bottle poured at the BI tasting, yet precise. The palate is medium-bodied with supple and refined tannin, and crisp acidity. Wonderfully poised with quite a penetrating finish that delivers a payload of multi-layered blueberry and blackberry. This is a very well crafted 2009 Margaux destined for long-term ageing. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. Neal Martin 96

     

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  37. Palmer 2019
    Palmer 2019

    Margaux

     

    3ème Cru Classé

     

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    The 2019 Palmer is a truly special wine, but it is also going to need a number of years to be at its finest. Dense and plush, with explosive energy, the 2019 possesses tremendous richness in its dark fruit. As always, the blend features a high percentage of Merlot (43%) which works so well in complementing the savoriness of the Cabernet. Thomas Duroux and his team fashioned another absolutely compelling Palmer in 2019. Antonio Galloni 98

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  38. Pape Clement blanc 2019
    Pape Clement blanc 2019

    Pessac Léognan

    Grand Cru Classé

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    The 2019 Pape Clément Blanc is rich and creamy, but also restrained. Jasmine, green pear and white pepper add pretty aromatic top notes. With good texture and depth, the 2019 is not as rich or heavy as it can be, and that is a good thing. Tasted two times. Antonio Galloni 91-93

    2019
    Sem/Sauv Blend
    France
    356
  39. Pape Clement Rouge 2019
    Pape Clement Rouge 2019

    Pessac Léognan

    Grand Cru Classé

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    The 2019 Pape-Clément was picked from 17 September to 10 October, underwent a 30 day maceration. Matured in 90% oak barrels and 10% wooden foudres for 18 months. It has a very perfumed bouquet with luscious black cherries and boysenberry fruit, touches of raspberry preserve and crème de cassis. The palate is full-bodied and quite muscular, exerting a firm grip and displaying plenty of tobacco-tinged black fruit that dovetails into a more saline, marine influenced finish. This is a very serious Pape-Clément that will require longer ageing than its peers, but will surely be rewarding for those with patience. Tasted on five occasions - hopefully there is some wine left back at the château. Neal Martin 96-98

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  40. Pape Clement Rouge 2019 1500mL
    Pape Clement Rouge 2019 1500mL
    Pessac Léognan

    Grand Cru Classé

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    The 2019 Pape-Clément was picked from 17 September to 10 October, underwent a 30 day maceration. Matured in 90% oak barrels and 10% wooden foudres for 18 months. It has a very perfumed bouquet with luscious black cherries and boysenberry fruit, touches of raspberry preserve and crème de cassis. The palate is full-bodied and quite muscular, exerting a firm grip and displaying plenty of tobacco-tinged black fruit that dovetails into a more saline, marine influenced finish. This is a very serious Pape-Clément that will require longer ageing than its peers, but will surely be rewarding for those with patience. Tasted on five occasions - hopefully there is some wine left back at the château. Neal Martin 96-98

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  41. Pavie 2019
    Pavie 2019

    Saint Émilion

    1er Grand Cru Classé A

     

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    The 2019 Pavie was picked from 30 September to 11 October at 29hl/ha. It is initially exubertant, feisty on the nose, a bit like the Pavie-Decesse. Allowing my sample an hour in the glass, it evolves more grace and composure with scents of blackberry, briary, incense and iris flowers. The oak beautifully integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, quite an edgy line of acidity, touches of graphite infusing the very pure black fruit on the satin-textured finish. This is undoubtedly a very impressive, sauve Pavie destined for long-term drinking. Neal Martin 96-98

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  42. Pavie Decesse 2019
    Pavie Decesse 2019

    Saint Émilion

     

    Grand Cru Classé

     

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    The 2019 Pavie-Decesse is off the charts brilliant. Blueberry jam, graphite, menthol, licorice, espresso, lavender and cloves are some of the many nuances that unfold in a statuesque Saint-Émilion of dizzying scale. Big, brawny and powerful, the 2019 is going to require years in bottle to blossom, but it is immensely promising and very clearly a great wine in the making. Yields were just 17 hectoliters per hectare. Sadly, production is down about 40% because two parcels are being redeveloped. The use of only the healthiest parcels most likely explains why Pavie-Decesse is so exceptional in 2019. Henrique Da Costa, Gérard Perse's son-in-law, explained that while 2019 was hot and dry, conditions were not extremely hot. Cool temperatures in the evenings provided respite from the daytime heat, while water reserves in the soils from the wet spring allowed the vines to avoid stress. As for the wines, they are superb across the board. Most of the attention will naturally center on Pavie, but the entire range is terrific. Antonio Galloni 96-98

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  43. Pavie Macquin 2009
    Pavie Macquin 2009

    Saint Émilion

     

    1er Grand Cru Classé B

     

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    The 2009 Pavie has a gorgeous bouquet, very pure and refined with seamlessly integrated oak and wonderful delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, perfectly judged acidity. Fine grip with compelling tension on the finish. This shimmers with energy. Easily, this is the best bottle that I have encountered over the years. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. Neal Martin 96

     

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  44. Pavie Macquin 2019
    Pavie Macquin 2019

    Saint Émilion

     

    1er Grand Cru Classé B

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2019 Pavie was picked from 30 September to 11 October at 29hl/ha. It is initially exubertant, feisty on the nose, a bit like the Pavie-Decesse. Allowing my sample an hour in the glass, it evolves more grace and composure with scents of blackberry, briary, incense and iris flowers. The oak beautifully integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, quite an edgy line of acidity, touches of graphite infusing the very pure black fruit on the satin-textured finish. This is undoubtedly a very impressive, sauve Pavie destined for long-term drinking. Neal Martin 96-98

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  45. Pichon Baron 2009
    Pichon Baron 2009

    Pauillac

     

    Cru Classé

     

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    The 2009 Pichon-Baron continues to amaze - a benchmark wine of recent years. The bouquet gushes from the glass, offering blackberry, melted tar and graphite aromas seamlessly integrated with the new oak, all very precise and quite mineral-driven. The palate is well balanced with supple tannin, a superb line of acidity, immense purity, and less voluptuousness than its peers, but more class and restraint. This is evolving into one of the standouts of the vintage from Pauillac and unusually, it surpasses the 2010. Show-stopping! Tasted at the Pichon-Baron vertical at the château. Neal Martin 97

     

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  46. Pichon Baron 2019
    Pichon Baron 2019

    Pauillac

     

    Cru Classé

     

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    The 2019 Pichon-Baron is a wine of extraordinary depth and resonance. Inky dark red/purplish berry fruit, pomegranate, chocolate, licorice and spice are all lavishly expressed in a sumptuous Pauillac loaded with character. Time in the glass brings out the wine's depth and vertical explosiveness. There is so much going on here. Tasted two times. Antonio Galloni 96-98

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  47. Pichon Comtesse de Lalande 2009
    Pichon Comtesse de Lalande 2009

    Pauillac

     

    2ème Grand Cru Classé

     

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    The 2009 Pichon Lalande is ripe and decidedly flamboyant from the very first taste. Dense and voluptuous in the glass, with serious richness, the 2009 is also almost shockingly tannic. It won’t be ready to drink anytime soon, and yet, there is so much to look forward to. The warm, dry conditions yielded a dense, exotic Pichon Lalande, but there is serious structure beneath all of the fruit. Antonio Galloni 97

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  48. Pichon Comtesse de Lalande 2019
    Pichon Comtesse de Lalande 2019

    Pauillac

     

    2ème Grand Cru Classé

     

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    The 2019 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande was picked 16 September to 8 October. It has a showstopping nose: intense black fruit laced with graphite and mint. (Whisper it...it reminds me of their First Growth next door neighbor.) The palate is underpinned by very refined tannins that cradle what may well be the purest fruit you will find in this vintage. Unbelievably precise all the way through to the finish, I admit staring at my glass trying to find fault with it. Unless winemaker Nicolas Glumineau gets distracted by the new Cure album and makes a catastrophic error during the rest of its élevage, which he is not prone to doing, you are not looking at a modern-day 1982 or 2016, but something even better and more profound. Tasted from three bottles with consistent notes. Antonio Galloni 98-100

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  49. Pontet Canet 2009
    Pontet Canet 2009

    Pauillac

     

    5ème Cru Classé

     

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    Bright, full ruby. Pure, vibrant aromas of cassis, blackberry, blueberry, licorice, graphite and leather. Like liquid velvet on entry, then energetic and sharply delineated in the mid-palate, with penetrating minerality intensifying the pristine dark berry flavors. Most impressive today on the extremely long, perfumed finish, which shows suave, noble tannins and a magically light touch for such an intense wine. This wine is remarkably tastable today but it's also built for 30+ years of aging. Stephen Tanzer 96


     

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  50. Pontet Canet 2019
    Pontet Canet 2019

    Pauillac

     

    5ème Cru Classé

     

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    The 2019 Pontet-Canet is plush, dense and explosive, with tremendous richness and pure, soaring intensity that strengthens in all directions with time in the glass. A wine of gravitas, the 2019 is statuesque in build. As always, Pontet-Canet offers a very personal, idiosyncratic expression of Pauillac. A range of lifted floral and savory notes ring out on the finish.

    The 2019 is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, harvested between September 23 and October 10, which is a typical time frame for the estate. Yields came in a 33 hectoliters per hectare, more or less the historical average these days. For the first time, all sorting and destemming were done by hand and the wine was vinified only with manual punchdowns (i.e. no pumpovers), without any motorized equipment. Cuvaison was around 21 days, after which the wine was taken off the skins for the malolactic fermentation (which was done in the fermentation vats), and then racked into barrels and concrete for aging - 50% new oak, 35% amphora and 15% once-used barrels. Sadly, 2019 is the last vintage at Pontet-Canet for long-time Technical Director Jean-Michel Comme, who left after 31 years to focus on his own projects. He is succeeded by Mathieu Bessonnet, formerly at Chapoutier. Antonio Galloni 95-97

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  51. Smith Haut Lafite 2009
    Smith Haut Lafite 2009

    Pessac Léognan

     

    Cru Classé

     

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    The 2009 Smith Haut-Lafitte has a very perfumed, quite floral bouquet with violets permeating the black and red fruit, hints of game and leather developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. Touches of brown spice filter through the red fruit and towards a fleshy and lightly peppered finish. This is a classy Pessac-Léognan from the Cathiard's...though, the 2016 is better! Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. Neal Martin 94

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  52. Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge 2019
    Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge 2019

    Pessac Léognan

     

    Cru Classé

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2019 Smith Haut-Lafitte was cropped at 36hl/ha, undergoing manual pigeage and maturation in 60% new barrels for a planned 18 months. It has an intense, very pure bouquet with blackberry, briary and cherry compote and a hint of black olive tapenade in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins that frame the pure, mineral-infused black fruit. Undercurrents of graphite and black olive surface towards the complex finish that I feel is less opulent but maybe more sophisticated than recent vintages of this top performer. Very elegant and refined, this is an outstanding success for winemaker Fabien Teitgen and his team. Tasted twice including samples direct from the château. Neal Martin 96-98

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  53. Troplong Mondot 2009
    Troplong Mondot 2009

    Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

     

    1er Grand Cru Classé B

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    (15.5% alcohol on the label!): Saturated medium ruby. Enticing aromas of cassis, coffee, mocha and licorice pastille. Hugely dense but fine-grained, offering a liqueur-like, exotic sweetness to its superripe dark fruit and chocolate flavors. For all its richness and baby fat, the wine's chalky underpinning prevents it from coming off as monolithic. Perhaps most impressive on the broad, extremely long, palate-staining finish, which features a boatload of ripe tannins and repeating sexy oak tones. This outstanding Troplong-Mondot should drink well for the next 25 years. Stephen Tanzer 95

     

    2009
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  54. Troplong Mondot 2019
    Troplong Mondot 2019

    Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

     

    1er Grand Cru Classé B

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2019 Troplong Mondot is without question one of the wines of the vintage. Vertical and explosive in feel, the 2019 dazzles with its magnificent balance. Inky red/purplish fruit, cinnamon, chocolate, dried flowers and lavender open with a bit of time, but Troplong is not a wine for the here and now, but rather a wine for readers who can be patient. The 2019 is all class and refinement. Those qualities become increasingly apparent over time, once some of the initial power and density subsides with air. This is the first time the Grand Vin was blended before the malolactic fermentation. Antonio Galloni 97

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  55. Valandraud 2019
    Valandraud 2019

    Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

     

    1er Grand Cru Classé

     

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    The 2019 Valandraud is sensational. Stunning in its delineation and with sheer energy, the 2019 dazzles right out of the gate. Dark red/purplish berry fruit, mocha, new leather, licorice and lavender all come alive in the glass. In 2019, Valandraud is a towering, statuesque wine that captures all the best the vintage had to offer. I tasted the 2019 three times and it was magnificent on all three occasions. It is a tremendous effort from Jean-Luc Thunevin and his Murielle Andraud. What a wine! Antonio Galloni 97+

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  56. Vieux Chateau Certan 2019
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2019

    Pomerol

     

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    The 2019 Vieux Château Certan is even better from bottle than it was from barrel. It is very clearly one of the highlights on the Right Bank. Soaring aromatics are immediately captivating. There is an exoticism in the 2019 that I saw from barrel that is evident in the bottled wine, but today, I see more balance and harmony. Crème de cassis, licorice, lavender, spice and rose petal blend into a core of red/purplish berry fruit. All the elements are so well balanced. The Grand Vin is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, but the blend also includes one lot of young vine Cabernet Sauvignon that was added for its aromatic presence. That decision paid off in spades, as the 2019 is truly magical. Antonio Galloni 98+

    2019
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356

Order Form

Bordeaux 2009 and 2019 REG. PRICE SPECIAL ORDER TOTAL
Chateau Dutruch Grand Poujeaux 2014 $61.00 $51.00
Calon Segur 2009 $475.00 $475.00
Calon Segur 2019 $430.00 $430.00
Lynch Bages 2009 $550.00 $550.00
Montrose 2009 $855.00 $855.00
Haut Bailly 2009 $625.00 $625.00
Margaux 2009 $2,455.00 $2,455.00
Palmer 2009 $1,100.00 $1,100.00
Haut Brion 2009 $2,685.00 $2,685.00
Leoville Poyferre 2009 $690.00 $690.00
Mouton Rothschild 2009 $2,900.00 $2,300.00
Belgrave 2009 $110.00 $110.00
Lafite Rothschild 2009 $3,040.00 $3,040.00
Cheval Blanc 2009 $2,925.00 $2,925.00
Angelus 2009 $1,275.00 $1,275.00
Angelus 2019 $1,180.00 $1,180.00
Canon 2009 $540.00 $540.00
Canon 2009 3000ml $2,140.00 $2,140.00
Canon 2009 1500ml $990.00 $990.00
Domaine de Chevalier Rouge 2019 $195.00 $195.00
Figeac 2009 $690.00 $690.00
Haut Bailly 2019 $300.00 $300.00
Haut Brion 2019 $1,840.00 $1,840.00
Haut Brion Blanc 2019 $2,200.00 $2,200.00
l’Eglise Clinet 2009 $1,285.00 $1,285.00
Doisy Daene LExtravagant 2019 375mL $495.00 $495.00
La Conseillante 2009 $825.00 $825.00
La Mission Haut Brion 2009 3000mL $11,040.00 $11,040.00
La Mission Haut Brion 2009 6000mL $22,105.00 $22,105.00
La Mission Haut Brion 2009 1500mL $5,520.00 $5,520.00
La Mission Haut Brion Blanc 2019 $1,420.00 $1,420.00
Lafite Rothschild 2019 $2,910.00 $2,910.00
Le Boscq 2019 $60.00 $60.00
Leoville Poyferre 2019 $340.00 $340.00
Lynch Bages 2019 $370.00 $370.00
Margaux 2019 $2,260.00 $2,260.00
Mouton Rothschild 2019 $2,040.00 $2,040.00
Pape Clement Rouge 2019 $215.00 $215.00
Pavie 2019 $875.00 $875.00
Pavie Decesse 2019 $330.00 $330.00
Pape Clement Rouge 2019 1500mL $465.00 $465.00
Palmer 2019 $1,000.00 $1,000.00
Pape Clement blanc 2019 $295.00 $295.00
Pontet Canet 2009 $695.00 $695.00
Pavie Macquin 2009 $360.00 $360.00
Troplong Mondot 2009 $500.00 $500.00
Pichon Baron 2009 $565.00 $565.00
Smith Haut Lafite 2009 $710.00 $710.00
Pavie Macquin 2019 $215.00 $215.00
Pichon Comtesse de Lalande 2009 $620.00 $620.00
Pichon Comtesse de Lalande 2019 $835.00 $835.00
Pichon Baron 2019 $520.00 $520.00
Pontet Canet 2019 $400.00 $400.00
Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge 2019 $300.00 $300.00
Troplong Mondot 2019 $250.00 $250.00
Valandraud 2019 $330.00 $330.00
Vieux Chateau Certan 2019 $865.00 $865.00
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