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2009 Bordeaux

An Incredibly Exciting Vintage

2009 is widely being hailed as the best Bordeaux vintage of recent times, as good if not superior to the great 2005, 2000 and 1982s.

Robert Parker:"An incredibly exciting vintage of opulence, power and richness."

Steven Spurrier: "2009 was the best vintage that Bordeaux had ever produced...the wines are seamless: their richness, tannins, acidity and freshness all combine to produce truly elegant and balanced wines."

Jancis Robinson MW: "I have never given so many really high scores when tasting en primeur anywhere...There are some truly stupendous wines."

The vintage conditions could not have been better: a hot July and August, followed by a slash of rain in mid September which helped the grapes to ripen, and then a mix of fine days but cool, dry nights in the days leading up to and during the Harvest. This was a vintage that almost made itself and saw Châteaux at all levels producing exceptionally good wines.

Prices will inevitably increase a lot on 2008, particularly at the top end of the market.

FromVineyardsDirect's view is that real value and quality is to be found in the £60-£300 range, where prices are more or less unaffected by speculators. As such they offer fantastic value for this remarkable vintage and will allow us to drink really glorious claret for many years to come.

 


Our En Primeur Wines


• Château D'Aiguilhe, Cotes de Castillon 2009 £190.00 In Bond

• Château de La Dauphine, Fronsac 2009 £150.00 In Bond

• Château Fourcas-Hosten, Listrac 2009 £112.00 In Bond

• Château Grand-Corbin-Despagne, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2009 £205.00 In Bond

• Château Lanessan, Haut-Médoc 2009 £115.00 In Bond

• Château La Prade, Côtes de Francs 2009 £105.00 In Bond

• Château Laforge, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2009 £280.00 In Bond

• Château Potensac, Médoc 2009 £178.00 In Bond

• Château Poujeaux, Moulis 2009 £209.00 In Bond

• Château Rieussec 1er Cru, Sauternes 2009 £395.00 In Bond

• Château Senejac Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc 2009 SOLD OUT

• Château Teyssier, St-Emilion Grand Cru 2009 £130.00 In Bond

• La Fleur de Peyrabon, Pauillac Cru Bourgeois 2009 £174.00 In Bond

• Château Beaumont, Haut-Médoc 2009 SOLD OUT

• Château Cantemerle 5eme Cru Classé, Haut-Médoc 2009 SOLD OUT

• Château Caronne-Ste. Gemme, Haut-Médoc 2009 SOLD OUT

• Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis 2009 SOLD OUT

• Château Clément-Pichon, Haut-Médoc 2009 SOLD OUT

• Château Coufran, Haut-Médoc 2009 SOLD OUT

• Château Coutet 1er Cru Barsac 2009 SOLD OUT

• Château d’Angludet, Margaux 2009 SOLD OUT

• Domaine De L'a Côtes de Castillon 2009 SOLD OUT

• Château de Myrat Cru Classe, Barsac 2009 SOLD OUT

• Château Du Tertre, Margaux 2009 SOLD OUT

• Château Fourcas Dupré, Listrac-Médoc 2009 SOLD OUT

• Château Gloria, St-Julien 2009 SOLD OUT

• Château Haut-Batailley, Pauillac 2009 SOLD OUT

• Château La Tour Carnet, Cru Classé Haut-Médoc 2009 SOLD OUT

• Château La Tour de By, Médoc 2009 SOLD OUT

• Château La Tour Figeac, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2009 SOLD OUT

• Château Les Ormes de Pez, Saint-Estèphe 2009 SOLD OUT

• Château Lilian Ladouys, Saint-Estèphe Cru Bourgeois 2009 SOLD OUT

• Château Marjosse, Bordeaux Superieur 2009 SOLD OUT

• Château Paloumey, Haut-Médoc 2009 SOLD OUT

• Château Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc 2009 Cru Bourgeois SOLD OUT

• Château Phélan-Ségur, Saint-Estèphe 2009 SOLD OUT

• Château Rouget Pomerol 2009 SOLD OUT

• Château Tour St Bonnet, Médoc 2009 SOLD OUT

• Marquis de Terme, Margaux 2009 SOLD OUT

 


Our En Primeur Wines


Château Beaumont | Haut-Médoc 2009 SOLD OUT
A firm favourite among value-for-money drinking classes.

Jancis Robinson, 16.5: (the same as Ch Giscours—and a fraction of the price) "Dark crimson. Bright fruit. Very sweet palate entry—all pleasure in a very luscious way. Drink 2013-2018."

Grape Variety: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, with a small proportion of Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot

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Château Cantemerle 5eme Cru Classé | Haut-Médoc 2009 SOLD OUT
A 'best ever' from the very highly rated Château Cantemerle and one of our 'must have's of the vintage. Superb value.

Robert Parker, 92-94: "This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with the Cabernet dominating, looks to be the best they have ever produced, even eclipsing the 2005. Dense purple in color, with extraordinarily elegant floral notes intermixed with raspberry, black currant, cherry, and spice box, it is medium to full-bodied, not massive, but again, very seamless, with beautiful precision, sweet tannins, and an endearing fleshiness and depth of flavor that are neither heavy nor fatiguing. This wine will be relatively approachable in 3-5 years and drink well for 25-30."

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Château Caronne-Ste. Gemme | Haut-Médoc 2009 SOLD OUT
A Médoc good value favourite that has made an excellent 2009—one of Steven Spurriers 5 best value wines from the vintage in Decanter. This is one to stock up on. Drink 2014-2023.

Decanter, 16.5: "Dense colour, fine cassis and black fruits, smoky, classy nose, lots of depth and good potential complexity, good vineyard wine."

Grape Variety: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot

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Château Chasse-Spleen | Moulis 2009 SOLD OUT
Always just about the best Cru Bourgeois on the market whose founders were apparently Lord Byron and Baudelaire—the 2009 is an exceptional wine as you would expect.

Robert Parker, 90-92: "The 2009 is the finest Chasse Spleen since the 1989. Its deep purple color is accompanied by notes of graphite, black currants, sweet spice, and a hint of Chinese black tea. Full-bodied and opulent with well-integrated acidity, tannin, wood, and alcohol, it is a lush beauty to enjoy over the next 20+ years."

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Château Clément-Pichon | Haut-Médoc 2009 SOLD OUT
Made by Michel Rolland this is always one of the better Haut-Médoc—in 2009 it is exceptional. Drink 2012-2022.

Robert Parker, 89-92: "Consultant Jean-Luc Thunevin has produced the finest wine yet made at Clement-Pichon, a vineyard at the southern end of the Médoc. The 2009 reveals exuberant black currant fruit intermixed with incense, spice box, roasted herbs, and Christmas fruitcake. Fleshy, medium to full-bodied, opulent, and impressively pure as well as textured, it should evolve easily for a decade or more."

Grape Variety: 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc

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Château Coufran | Haut-Médoc 2009 SOLD OUT
Another Haut-Médoc that always makes good wine—and as you would expect in 2009, a stunner.

Wine Spectator, Score: 88-91: Pretty nose, with crushed berries, mineral and flowers. Medium-bodied, with soft and silky tannins and a fruity finish. Yummy barrel sample.

Decanter: Fine dense red, nicely concentrated black cherry fruit, good fleshy, succulent, briary ripeness, quite classy finish and good length. Drink 2014 -2020.

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Château Coutet 1er Cru | Barsac 2009 SOLD OUT
Another coup—a tiny parcel of one of the very best Sauternes and Barsacs at 40% less than its opening price and what other major merchants are selling it for. We only have ten cases, available on a first come first served basis with a maximum order of one case per person. A tremendous 2009 bargain.

Robert Parker 96-98:"A sensational effort from Philippe Baly and his team. It has fragrant nose of honey, vervain tea, pineapple, frangipane and apple-blossom, well defined....it has the same minerality exuded by Doisy-Daene and reminds me of the stellar ’62 tasted just a few weeks previously. A magnificent Coutet."

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Château D'Aiguilhe | Cotes de Castillon 2009 LIMITED QUANTITIES
From the Canon la Gaffeliere stable and made by Master winemaker Stephane Deroncourt this is a very good, well made wine that will sell out very quickly.

Wine Spectator, Score: 90-93: "Spearmint, vanilla bean and dried dark fruits on the nose follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a fruity finish. Still in reserve, but excellent."

Robert Parker: "Tiny yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare have produced a wine with terrific fuit intensity... it is will-made and impressively endowed. Enjoy it over the next 12 years (Tasted four times.) Drink 2014-2022."

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Château d’Angludet | Margaux 2009 SOLD OUT
A glorious 2009 from Angludet—probably the best they have ever made. It has just about everything; fruit, concentration, flavour and balance. Limited quantities as their production was only 60% of the 2008 vintage. Drink 2015-2020. LIMITED TO 2 CASES PER CUSTOMER!

Jancis Robinson, 17: "Very dark purplish crimson. Exotic scents of lilies and citrus peel—unusual! Sweet, soft and polished. Juicy and well done. Though much more intense and New Worldy than classic Margaux. Fun."

The Wine Spectator, 90-93: "Licorice, blackberry and lightly toasted oak. Full-bodied, with velvety and polished tannins that follow through to a refined and delicious finish. So pretty already."

Grape Variety: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot

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Domaine De L'a Côtes de Castillon 2009 SOLD OUT
The home of winemaking guru Stephane Derenoncourt and the finest wine in the Côtes de Castillon. A very serious, stunning wine. Drink 2015-2024.

Wine Spectator, 90-93: "Blueberry and violets on the nose. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a medium finish. Lovely raciness and balance to this. A little closed, but classy."J.S.

Jancis Robinson, 16.5: "Very dark. Headily scented and punches way above its weight. Dry oak afterwards but if this is a decent price, what is not to like? Just so much better than most Côtes wines. Well up to the standard of most St-Émilions."

Grape Variety: 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon

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Château de La Dauphine | Fronsac 2009
From the hugely underrated Fronsac this was one of the best wines we tasted in March. Excellent value from a beautiful Château. Drink 2014-2022.

Wine Spectator, 90-93: "Blackberry and blueberry galore on the nose. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and a beautiful finish. Rich, yet with finesse."

Jancis Robinson, 16.5: "Lively and racy—real tension and grace. Not for the long term but lovely wine."

Grape Variety: 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc

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Château de Myrat Cru Classe | Barsac 2009 SOLD OUT
Wonderful, rich dessert wine that is very highly rated by everyone including ourselves and is surely one of the bargains of the vintage. Drink 2018-2030.

Wine Spectator, 94-97: "Dried apricot and citrus fruit aromas follow through to a full body, with a very sweet and intense palate. Finishes with lots of fruit and spicy nutmeg character."

Decanter ★★★★: "Excellent ultra-ripe peach and melon aromas, clear, pure, rich, complex, very Barsac, with the nice acidity linked to the village. Very well made and surely magnificent value for money."

Grape Variety: 88% Semillon, 8% Sauvignon, 4% Muscadelle

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Château Du Terte | Margaux 2009 SOLD OUT
A very smooth elegant Margaux 5th Growth that will no doubt sell out very quickly... and with good reason.

Robert Parker, 90-92: "A very sexy, seductive style of wine has been produced by Du Terte in 2009. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by ripe notes of red and black fruits intermixed with subtle smoke, ink, and damp earth. The lusciousness continues on the palate with an opulent, layered, rich mouthfeel. Medium to full-bodied with not a hard edge to be found, but plenty of ripe tannins, the overall impression is one of a hedonistic and intellectually pleasing claret that should drink beautifully for 20+ years. This is a sleeper of the vintage among the classified-growths. 2010-2030."

Jancis Robinson, 17.5: "Lightly treacle nose. Interesting. Very different sort of nose. The fruit is kept in check - not too aggressively sweet. Tamped down to provide much more of a classic Margaux style but with lots of pleasure. Very cool indeed.

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Château Fourcas Dupré | Listrac-Médoc 2009 SOLD OUT
One of our stars when recently tasted in Bordeaux. It will be going into our personal cellars—in quantity!

Jancis Robinson, 16: "Lively crimson. Light nose. Restrained, tea-leaf sort of wine. Very ‘cool’. Nice balance. Drink 2016-2025."

Grape Variety: 44% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot

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Château Fourcas-Hosten | Listrac 2009
Almost certainly the best estate in Listrac in the Médoc—a very classic Claret that has a long life ahead of. Drink 2016-2030.

Jancis Robinson, 17: "Dark crimson. Low-key but quite intriguing nose. Full and firm and dramatic. Really nicely balanced. Polished tannins. Appetising. Seems like the sort of wine that should be a pleasure to drink all its life. The best Fourcas Hosten I can remember tasting. Is this down to the new owners or the vintage."

Grape Variety: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc

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Château Gloria | St-Julien 2009 SOLD OUT
Excellent St-Julien from the heart of Beychevelle. Château Gloria has, in 2009, produced one of its very best yet.

Robert Parker 91-93*: "There have been many great Glorias over the years as this property consistently over-performs. The 2009 may be the finest yet produced. Loaded with notes of Christmas fruitcake intermixed with red and black currants, licorice, spice box, and blackberries, this inky/purple-colored wine is atypically full-bodied with a viscous texture, and loads of tannin, extract, and richness. Deep and layered, it will offer thrilling sipping over the next 25+ years. (Bottles of the 1982 I own are fully mature, but are not close to falling apart)."

Jancis Robinson, 17.5: "Full, rich and explosive on the nose. Very subtle and well balanced and gorgeous. Dry not drying finish. The zest of St-Julien with a hint of white pepper and clove. Nice wine!"

Wine Spectator, Score: 90-93: "Crushed blackberries and fresh herbs on the nose. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, rich finish. Solid core of everything here. Right up there with the 2005."J.S.

Grape Variety: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

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Château Grand-Corbin-Despagne | Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2009
A very highly rated St-Emilion Grand Cru that is always good value — especially so in 2009.

Robert Parker, 91-93: "A powerful, inky/purple color is followed by notes of graphite, crushed rocks, incense, blueberries, and blackberries. The flavors are concentrated, pure, dense, thick, and unctuous with plenty of tannin lurking under the surface. However, the tannin is well-concealed by the wine's enormous fruit, glycerin, and density. It should evolve for 15 or more years. As are many recent vintages of Grand-Corbin-Despagne, the 2009 is realistically priced."

Decanter, 5 Stars: "Zesty, fragrant, harmonious. Delicious red berry fruit. Smooth, suave texture. Tannins long and refined. Drink 2015-2025. (16.5 points)"

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Château Haut-Batailley | Pauillac 2009 SOLD OUT
This great Pauillac from the owners of Grand Puy Lacoste punches well above its weight. A lovely wine.

Decanter, 17.5: "Dense red, big smoky cassis Cabernet Sauvignon nose, has seductive charm, great length and firm finish, a lovely wine..Drink 2015-25."

Jancis Robinson, 17.5: "Very dark crimson. Serious nose. Then splendid breadth. Minerals and bright fruit. Really appetising. Racy. Lots of energy. Lovely stuff."

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Château Laforge | Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, 2009
A stunning St-Emilion Grand Cru from maverick wine producer Jonathan Maltus, who also produces the renowned 'garage' wine Le Dôme. Really high class merlot based wine that should drink beautifully for at least another 15 years.

Wine Spectator 90-93: "Blackberry and dark chocolate aromas follow through to a full body, with supersilky tannins and a beautiful finish with just a hint of coffee. Best ever?"

Grape Variety: 91% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc

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Château Lanessan | Haut-Médoc 2009
An excellent 2009 from Médoc favourite Lanessan that is always great value.

Jancis Robinson, 16+: "Dark crimson. Toasty and appetising on the nose. Thick and dense and succulent, too. Good balance! Drink 2013-2018."

Grape Variety: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

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Château La Prade | Côtes de Francs 2009
Superb merlot-based wine from a tiny vineyard in the smallest of all Bordeaux appellations. Produced by Nicholas Thienpont, whose cousins run Le Pin and Vieux Château Certan. A great value wine—one to follow.

Wine Spectator, 87-90: "Fresh plum and berry aromas follow through to a medium body, with a good density of fruit and a medium finish."

Grape Variety: 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc

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Château La Tour Carnet | Cru Classé Haut-Médoc 2009 SOLD OUT
A very good wine from this up and coming 4th growth. Excellent value. Drink 2015-2035.

Robert Parker, 91-93: "The finest wine made here since the 2005 (a blend of 53% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot). Its dense purple color is followed by abundant aromas of camphor, charcoal, barrique, blackberries and creme de cassis. Dense , structured and full-bodied with high, but sweet, well-integrated tannins and tremendous precision as well as freshness, this 2009 should evolve for 20-25 years."

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Château La Tour de By | Médoc 2009 SOLD OUT
A fantastic 2009 that punches well above its normal status and very highly rated wine for the price.

Jancis Robinson, 17: "Very dark purple. Super-fragrant, scented wine with medium weight. Glossy nose with no hint of excess sweetness or alcohol. Sweet palate entry and then very well managed tannins and the exotic black fruits richness of 2009 insinuates itself even on this bastion of Médoc restraint!...Drink 2015-2025."

Grape Variety: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot

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Château La Tour Figeac | Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2009 SOLD OUT
Delicious biodynamic Grand Cru St-Emilion from Otto Rottenmaier. Situated next to Figeac and Cheval Blanc on the St-Emillion/Pomerol border. One of our very favourite wines from the Right Bank—very good indeed.

Robert Parker, 91-93: "This is certainly one of the top two or three wines I have ever tasted from this estate. Dense blue/plum-colored, with notes of blueberry, black raspberry, cherry, and currants, the wine displays some graphite, charcoal, and incense in a full-bodied, rich, silky, even voluptuous style, with oodles of fruit, concentration, and power, but wonderful freshness, which is again the paradoxical aspect of this vintage — massive concentration, but impressive freshness and elegance."

Decanter, 17/20: "Concentrated and gourmand in style. Really exuberant fruit. Firm but fine tannins. Good balance and length. Potentially a very enjoyable wine. Drink 2014-2024."

Grape Variety: 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc

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Château Les Ormes de Pez | Saint-Estèphe 2009 SOLD OUT
From the Lynches Bages stable a consistently good wine and in 2009 — 'legendary' — see below! Drink 2015 - 2025.

Wine Spectator, Score: 92-95: "Superb Concentration, with spice, currant and berry character. Full and velvety. So long. At same quality level as the legendary 1955, or 1959."

Jancis Robinson, 17+: "Very dark. Lively and dense and complex. Tick and sweet. Pretty dry finish - arguably more typical St-Estephe than most. Lots there, not least alcohol, but a wine to reckon with!"

Robert Parker: "A sleeper of a vintage and the best Les Ormes de Pez made in decades"

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Château Lilian Ladouys | Saint-Estèphe Cru Bourgeois 2009 SOLD OUT
A real cracker in 2009—a Cru Bourgeois that has punched well above its weight. A remarkably good wine! Drink 2013-2020.

The Wine Spectator, 92-95: "Dark color, with a spiced nose of cloves and cardamom. Tar too. Full-bodied, with round and velvety tannins and a rich, fruity aftertaste. Gorgeous young wine."

Grape Variety: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc

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Château Marjosse | Bordeaux Superieur 2009 SOLD OUT
Owned and run by Pierre Lurton, Cheval Blanc and Yquem's famed winemaker. A great value wine that is for earlier drinking than some of our other En Primeur offers. Drink 2011-2017.

Jancis Robinson, 16: "Very dark purple. Pretty ripe and concentrated on the nose. Very sweet and luscious—really quite different from the Bordeaux norm—so opulent and fragrant! My first 2009. Not so dense on the palate but super-beguiling, almost more like an eau de cologne than a wine."

Grape Variety: 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Malbec

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Château Paloumey | Haut-Médoc 2009 SOLD OUT
Paloumey, whose vineyards adjoin Château Giscours, always makes good wine—and in 2009 a great wine...

Wine Spectator, 90-93: "Gorgeous black currant on the nose, with tar and lead pencil. Pauillac-like. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long finish. Serious."J.S.

Grape Variety: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 55% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc

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Château Peyrabon | Haut-Médoc 2009 Cru Bourgeois SOLD OUT
Château Peyrabon is widely-regarded as a property ‘in the ascendancy’ and has benefited hugely from recent investment. Very good value. Drink 2016-2020.

Wine Spectator, 89-92: "Currant bush, with crushed berries on the nose that follow through to a full body. Chewy tannins are a little extracted, but finishes juicy."

Grape Variety: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot

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Château Phélan-Ségur | Saint-Estèphe 2009 SOLD OUT
Very consistent Cru Bourgeois estate that borders Montrose and Calon-Ségur. Their excellent 2009, priced at 10% less than the 2005, is big, full-bodied and has a long life ahead of it. Highly recommended.

Robert Parker, 90-92: "Like many of the top 2009s, Phélan-Ségur is a huge, full-bodied effort with massive fruit as well as good freshness, precision, and elegance. This is all rather paradoxical given previous great vintages that either lean toward cooler vintage characteristics or hot ones. This 2009 possesses both styles. It exhibits lots of mulberry, boysenberry, and crushed, jammy black fruits, abundant tannin, medium to full body, an opulent mouthfeel, and enough structure to evolve for two decades or more. This is a sleeper of the vintage."

Wine Spectator, 90-93: "Deep aromas of crushed blackberries and fresh herbs. Full-bodied, with round and soft tannins and a polished texture on the finish. Rich and structured. Could be best ever from here."James Suckling

Grape Variety: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc

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Château Potensac | Médoc 2009
Potensac has always been one of our favorite good value Médocs—in 2009 the time is 'as good as it gets' and is brilliant value for money.

Robert Parker, 89-91: "A sleep of a vintage, the 2009 is probably the finest Potensac ever made, eclipsing even the stunning 1982. This blend, dominated by both Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, hit 13.9% alcohol, but pH is a normal 3.38. Dense, rich, and full-bodied with lots of freshness, the wine reveals abundant red and black current fruit, a distinctive minerality, and a plush, full-bodied mouth feel. It should drink well for 10-15 years."

Case of 12: £178.00 In Bond
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Château Poujeaux | Moulis 2009
The outstanding Poujeaux 2009 is both a fabulous wine and extremely good value. Always a firm favourite of ours and in 2009—buy all you can afford. Drink 2014-2022."

Wine Spectator, 93-96: "Full and very velvety, with round juicy tannins. Creamy. New ownership here is really making a difference in wine quality; this is the best ever after maybe the 1929."

Robert Parker, 90-93*: "an outstanding wine of the vintage"

Case of 12: £209.00 In Bond
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Château Rieussec 1er Cru | Sauternes 2009
We have just bought a small parcel of 25c/s of ' en primeur'. Owned by the Rothschilds and Château Lafite, Rieussec is one of the most illustrious Sauternes estates and on a par with Château Suduiraut. We are offering it at an astounding £385 a case (12 x 75cl bottles) in bond—40% below its opening price and that of similarly ranked Sauternes. This is a complete one-off and a unique opportunity to acquire one of the great 2009 Sauturnes either as an investment or simply to enjoy in 5-50 years time. Maximum of 3c/s each on a first come first serve basis.

Robert Parker 95-97:"The minerality and stoniness really comes through on the nose of this Rieussec, more than the 2007. The palate is very well balanced with superb acidity, real tension, steely with great precision with notes of apricot, white peach and honey on the beautifully defined finish. Probably the best Rieussec since the astounding 2001."

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Château Rouget Pomerol 2009 SOLD OUT
The best Pomerol we tasted at anything like an affordable price. This will be a fabulous wine.

Robert Parker, 91-93*: "The best Rouget I have ever tasted, the 2009 displays terrific aromas of kirsch liqueur and loamy soil as well as a plump, fat, luscious personality. With sensational concentration and purity, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and an enormous fruit character, this beauty should drink well for 15 or more years."

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Château Senejac Cru Bourgeois | Haut-Médoc 2009
An exceptional biodynamic wine made by the Pontet Canet team Drink 2012-2020.

Robert Parker, 89-91: "With the vineyard managed by Alfred Tesseron’s team at Pontet-Canet, this is the first vintage from their biodynamically farmed estate, and it is certainly the best wine I have ever tasted from Senejac...oodles of blackcurrant fruits are intermixed with some licorice, underbrush, and forestry notes. Great fruit, a sumptuous, fleshy texture, and plenty of succulence and length make for a big, rich, nicely textured wine to drink over the next decade."

Grape Variety: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc

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Château Teyssier | St-Emilion Grand Cru 2009
Teyssier is owned and run by the dynamic larger than life Jonathan Maltus, producer of top St-Emilion cult wine Le Dome (£1,000 a case+), with the assistance of Gilles Pauquet, oenologist at Cheval Blanc. A wine we have been following for some years. Delicious and one of our 'must have' 2009's that is exceptional value. Drink 2013—24.

Robert Parker, 89-91: "The 2009 Teyssier possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as smoky barbecue notes intermixed with creme de cassis, black cherries, and earth. Ripe, generous, and medium to full-bodied, it should drink beautifully young yet age for 10-12+ years."

Grape Variety: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc

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Château Tour St Bonnet | Médoc 2009 SOLD OUT
Renowned Cru Bourgeois from the Médoc that has huge following in the UK.

Decanter, 16+: "Dense colour and fruit, blackcurrants, richly textured wine with polish and depth. Drink 2014-2022."

Grape Variety: 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Malbec

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La Fleur de Peyrabon | Pauillac Cru Bourgeois 2009
An excellent hand-crafted Claret produced from vines that are situated between the heavy-weight Pauillac Châteaux: Lafite-Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild and Pontet Canet. Drink 2015-2018.

Wine Spectator, 89-92: "Sweet currant and flowers on the nose. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a long and luscious finish. Juicy wine."

Grape Variety: 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot

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Marquis de Terme | Margaux 2009 SOLD OUT
An exceptional 2009 from this Margaux 4th Growth. "...the finest wine I have ever tasted from Marquis de Terme, this seamless beauty..." (Robert Parker). It was one of our stars from Margaux when we tasted it in Bordeaux in April. Good value (the release price was lower than in 2005) Highly recommended by us — and everyone else!

Wine Spectator, 92-95: Blackberry and mineral on the nose, with hints of mint. Full-bodied, with superpolished and silky tannins and a long, flavorful finish. All there. Best ever?

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About En Primeur

What is en primeur?
En primeur refers to the process of buying wines before they are bottled and released onto the market.

Why en primeur is worth it
The customer stands to make 20-30% savings on fine wines when buying en primeur.

The en primeur ordering process
You only pay for the cost of the wine now. When it s shipped towards the end of 2011 or beginning of 2012, we will invoice you for the duty, Vat and £7.50 for delivery, unless you wish to keep the wine in Bond.

 


Our 2009 Burgundy En Primeur Cases

2009 ranks as one of the best vintages in modern times in Burgundy, with comparisons being made with the legendary 1959 vintage. Click here for the wines.

Our Rhône En Primeur Case

As with Bordeaux and Burgundy, 2009 was an excellent vintage in the Rhône. Thankfully, though, the prices have not reached the stratospheric levels of the classed growth Clarets. Click here for the wines.

Our En Primeur Mixed Cases

Three mixed cases of our favourite wines from the 2009 vintage. Each contain 3 bottles of 4 different wines and the usual En Primeur terms apply:

2009 Affordable Claret£98 (In Bond)
Our top sub-£100 Clarets from the 2009 vintage. Fantastic value for more everyday drinking.

2009 Right Bank£216 (In Bond)
Our favourite 2009s from St-Emilion, Pomerol and Fronsac.

2009 Stars£220 (In Bond)
Our four stand out wines from the 2009 vintage—these will provide very special drinking for at least the next 15 years.

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