The Glory of Bordeaux 2009

March 29, 2019

An unusual vintage, well handled by the winemaker can still result in exemplary wine, and such was the fate of much 2009 Bordeaux. Pending when the grapes were picked, a warm dry summer preceded by a spring with just enough rain yielded wines that those who buy premium wine will pay top dollar for: 2009 is the priciest on the market. Big châteaux like Château Margaux and Haut-Brion created wines Jancis Robinson calls “stunning” but there are also her “better buys” like Bernadotte and Les Ormes de Pez to look for to enjoy this standout vintage.

Related Link: Bordeaux 2009: the year of magical drinking





Also in News

How Cos d’Estournel Does It
How Cos d’Estournel Does It

June 21, 2019

Pauillac may have a reputation for wines with less elegance but Cos’ d’Estournel’s process, along with the range of microclimates and soils in their vineyards are the reason it is a “super second” growth. 

Continue Reading

The Wisdom of Old Vines
The Wisdom of Old Vines

June 19, 2019

The labeling of a bottle with “Old Vines” is meant to connote an upgrade in quality, and yet few places actually have codified standards as to what makes a vine elderly. One thing most do agree on is that the lower yield of older vines tends to make wines of greater concentration and complexity. 

Continue Reading

The Persistence of Bordeaux
The Persistence of Bordeaux

June 14, 2019

Year after year, the same bottles turn up Wine-Searcher’s list of most wanted. Comparing this year’s list with an all-time list reveals little change. It is a club dominated by Bordeaux, with the occasional outlier of Opus One or Sassicaia—both of which happen to be Bordeaux blends.

Continue Reading