2009 Bordeaux Futures: Offer #2


195458It started last October, you kind of got the feeling that 2009 was a special year in Bordeaux. They’ve had a lot of great vintages in Bordeaux lately, causing Bordeaux expert Bill Blatch to call this past decade “The decade of no off-vintages”. Credit what you will for this run of success, there is no questioning the fact that Blatch’s synopsis is dead-on; about the decade and about 2009.

Let’s forget about the hype. When there is a great Bordeaux vintage, it’s just going to happen. It’s as certain as the onslaught of casual sports enthusiasts to your favorite team once they achieve success. So guess what? We all love wine here, right? So we ask ourselves, what do we do in great vintages, when hype drives prices of the best wines out of our budget? We remember, everybody got good weather. There are always more than a handful of high quality, less expensive wines from lesser known chateaux in the great vintages.

As I have said before, when I got to Bordeaux in March, I knew the Classified Growths would be stellar (I tasted them anyway, just to be sure!). I also knew there would be some great, high quality value plays. I found a bunch. Here are some more, many of which I tasted here in that room again:

 

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2009 Chateau de Francs Cotes de Francs Les Cerisiers (Pre-Arrival)
Red Wine; Bordeaux Blend; Bordeaux;
$13.00
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Robert Parker did not taste the 2009, but said this about the 2008, “(Les Cerisiers) is another beautifully made wine from an obscure appellation that delivers very good value.”I hadn’t heard of it before I tried it at a negociant’s. It stuck out by showing substance. Brambly berries met bright acidity braced by firm tannic structure. My note concludes with “cheapy for the cellar?”
2009 Chateau La Tour St. Bonnet Medoc (Pre-Arrival)
Red Wine; Bordeaux Blend; Bordeaux;
$13.00
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A very popular wine with our customers and staff! Here’s what The Wine Advocate had to say, “This has been one of the most reliable wines in Bordeaux over the last 30+ years, and I have enjoyed many vintages of it. It sells for a song, and the 2009 may turn out to be the best they have ever made. This inky purple-colored wine offers up notes of creme de cassis, spring flowers, and forest floor that seem to have more in common with a classified growth than a petite chateau. Medium-bodied, luscious, and rich, this is a beauty to drink over the next 10 years. (88-90 points)” – Robert Parker
Here’s another one that stuck out for me during a lengthy day of tasting. “Has depth and complexity (on the nose), terrific balance of fruit, mineral, and spice (palate), and a long, harmonious finish. I like.”
2009 Belle-Vue Haut Medoc (Pre-Arrival)
Red Wine; Bordeaux Blend; Bordeaux;
$18.00
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Savvy Bordeaux consumers know to buy this chateau in good vintages as its quality, by far, exceeds its price point. This from The Wine Advocate, “Not to be confused with St.-Emilion’s Bellevue, this has been one of the most consistent Medoc cru bourgeois over a number of years, and the 2009 may reach new quality heights. A big-time sleeper of the vintage, this blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 20% Petit Verdot boasts a dense purple color as well as notes of creme de cassis and spring flowers, terrific fruit, sweet but noticeable tannin, and medium to full body. It can be drunk young or cellared for 8-10 years. (90-92 points)” – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
2009 Chateau Lusseau Saint Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
Red Wine; Merlot; Bordeaux;
$26.00
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“Not much wine is made from Mr. Lusseau-s five-acre vineyard. He is also the regisseur of all Gerard Perse-s properties, so there is no doubt he knows how to turn out exceptionally concentrated, rich, flavorful, and soulful wines. Here the alcohol hit 13.9%, and the blend is mostly Merlot (80%) and the rest Cabernet Franc. An opulent, in-your-face style of St.-Emilion, with a dense ruby/purple color, chewy, meaty flavors, and plenty of floral notes intermixed with blackberry, licorice, smoke, and fruit, this totally seamless, opulent, fleshy wine is a total hedonistic turn-on that should drink well for 10-15 years. (90-92 points)” – Robert Parker, The Wine AdvocateTasting barrel samples at Pavie can be a daunting task, however, I found this wine ripe and opulent, yet balanced and not overdone, which is a great success!
2009 Clos Marsalette Pessac Leognan (Pre-Arrival)
Red Wine; Bordeaux Blend; Bordeaux;
$27.00
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“Visionary/proprietor Stefan von Neipperg appears to have produced his finest Clos Marsalette to date. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot (13.5% alcohol), it is a broad, savory wine with beautiful, complex aromas of berry fruit, graphite, spice box, herbs, and cedar. Long, sexy, full-bodied, and lush, this beauty can be enjoyed over the next 8-10 years. (90-92 points)” – Robert Parker, The Wine AdvocateThis was the very first wine that I tasted at the table pictured above. “Dense and complex, hints of black tea and gravel, well constructed, all components in harmony, silky tannins on finish.” It had me at “black tea”.
2009 Clos Les Lunelles Cotes de Castillon (Pre-Arrival)
Red Wine; Bordeaux Blend; Bordeaux;
$29.00
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“The 2009, a blend of 80% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, was cropped at 22 hectoliters per hectare, and possesses 14.2% alcohol. One of the top wines of the Cotes de Castillon, it boasts an inky/purple color as well as tremendous opulence, body, purity, and density, plenty of sweet boysenberry and blackberry fruit, noticeable, but subdued wood, full body, and an unctuous texture. It should drink well for 12-15+ years. (92-94 points)” – Robert Parker, The Wine AdvocateThis was more of what I expected tasting at Pavie. It showed very ripe purple fruit, and had a big, rich profile. My notes conclude with the word “Wow”.
2009 Chateau La Croix de Gay Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)
Red Wine; Merlot; Bordeaux;
$34.00
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After tasting so many wines, I constantly had to review my notes when asked, “Did you taste this? Did you taste that?” Not in this case. Tasted at the negociant’s, the Croix de Gay was the wine that impressed me most. I found it perfectly crafted with “an extra dimension” not found in most samples.“One of the finest efforts I have ever tasted from La Croix de Gay, this dark ruby/purple-tinged 2009 offers up aromas of crushed raspberries, black cherries, vanillin, truffles, and caramel. Deep, richly fruity, and medium to full-bodied, with more substance and generosity than most vintages possess, the tannins are sweet and the finish is impressive as well as long. There is not a hard edge to be found in this 2009. It should drink well for 15-25 years. (91-93 points)” – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

PS We passed on the more prestigious Fleur de Gay, this was a MUCH better deal.

2009 Chateau Lucia Saint Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
Red Wine; Merlot; Bordeaux;
$42.00
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Lucia is kind of an “off the beaten path” St. Emilion, but not too long ago, at a blind tasting of 2004 Right Bank wines, it took first place!Here’s what Mr. Parker had to say, “Consultant Stephane Derenoncourt teams up with proprietor Michael Bortolussi to produce this rather showy, flamboyantly styled St.-Emilion with an opaque ruby/purple color, plenty of sweet plum, black currant, and black cherry fruit with some licorice, roasted herbs, and sweet oak. An intense 2009, this wine has good acidity, high but ripe tannin, and should drink well for 15 or more years. (90-92 points)”
2009 Chateau Doisy Daene Barsac (Pre-Arrival)
Sweet Wine; Bordeaux Blend; Bordeaux;
$44.00
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I tasted this one twice. “Tropical, pineapple, botrytis comes forth (aromatics), smoky, deep, candied peach with botrytis, has depth and stucture, lively acidity … lovely.”Compared to many others, the Doisy Daene packs a wallop at a very fair price!
2009 Chateau Doisy Daene Barsac (half bottle) (Pre-Arrival)
Sweet Wine; Bordeaux Blend; Bordeaux;
$23.00
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2009 Chateau Monbousquet Saint Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
Red Wine; Merlot; Bordeaux;
$45.00
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“Absolutely no new oak is showing, which is unusual for this wine, but that tells you how concentrated and textured the fruit is in this vintage. Dense ruby/purple to the rim, with plenty of exotic black fruits, jammy red fruits, some truffle, roasted herbs, and incense, the wine is full-bodied, luscious, exuberant, and opulent. It will be impossible to resist in its youth. This wine should drink well for 10-15 or more years, given the fact that a recently tasted 2000 was still an adolescent. (92-94 points)” – Robert Parker, The Wine AdvocateMy notes conclude with the word “Wow” yet again. Did I tell you my trip to the Chateau Pavie tasting room was a good one? – Peter Zavialoff
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