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2009 Bordeaux: "unquestionably the greatest Bordeaux vintage I have ever tasted” (Parker)

A long-standing client has just given us access to a wealth of fantastic stock. Part of the collection is a remarkable set of original cases from the famous 2009 Bordeaux vintage. Containing nothing but great wines, many with 100-point scores, this is a phenomenal opportunity for anyone seeking top Bordeaux with some much-needed bottle age.


The 2009 vintage was a blockbuster for Bordeaux. Robert Parker called it “unquestionably the greatest Bordeaux vintage I have ever tasted” back in 2011 and “the greatest vintage I have tasted in Bordeaux since 1982, of which it is a modern-day version, but greatly improved”. Unsurprisingly given this level of praise, the 2009s were popular on release and have remained intensely sought-after.


The selection below includes some of the best wines of the year. Chateau Cos d’Estournel, Haut Brion, La Mission, Margaux, Montrose, Pontet Canet and Vieux Chateau Certan all have perfect scores, while Las Cases is not far behind at 98 points. All will be sensational to drink for decades to come, while the cachet of the vintage will mean they will always be in high demand.


Do take a look and let us know if you would like to secure any of the cases below:


2009 Chateau Cos d’Estournel 
3cs (12*75cl OWC) @ £2,500 per case in bond 
100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Cos d’Estournel features a myriad of wonderfully intense notes, including blackcurrant pastilles, redcurrant jelly, kirsch and blueberry compote with hints of rose hip tea, sautéed herbs, underbrush, pencil shavings and Indian spices. Full-bodied, rich and opulently fruited in the mouth, it has beautifully plush tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing very long and very spicy. (2019) Drink 2020-2065
2009 Chateau Haut Brion
4cs (12*75cl OWC) @ £6,900 per case in bond
100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown
The 2009 Haut-Brion is deep garnet colored and slightly closed and shy to begin, slowly unfurling to reveal sensuous notions of warm blackberries, plum preserves, mulberries and blackcurrant cordial with touches of star anise, mocha and damp soil. Full-bodied, taut and tightly wound in the mouth, the palate delivers mouth-coating black fruit and mineral layers with a very firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins, finishing long and earthy. This needs time! (2019) Drink 2020-2054
2009 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion
2cs (12*75cl OWC) @ £4,600 per case in bond
100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown
The deep garnet colored 2009 La Mission Haut-Brion absolutely sings of warm red and black currants, chocolate-covered cherries, liquid licorice, sassafras and espresso with hint of lilacs, pencil shavings and truffles. Full-bodied, rich, bold and oh-so-decadent in the mouth, the palate is completely packed with black fruit preserves and exotic spice layers, framed by wonderfully velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing epically long. Wow! (2019) Drink 2020-2053
2009 Chateau Leoville Las Cases
2cs (12*75cl OWC) @ £2,200 per case in bond
98 points Jane Anson
Luscious vintage that allows even Las Cases to be generous and almost hedonistic at 14 years old, almost unheard of with this property (helped by slightly higher level of alcohol than usual filling out the mouthfeel). This remains more closed down than most 2009s that you will find, with tannins that are powerful and confident, guiding the cassis fruit while allowing gourmet notes of black chocolate, tarte tatin and pomegrante to surface, along with bitter edges of burnt saffron, liquroice and charcoal. 50% new oak, 3.6ph. Harvest September 22 to October 7. (2022) Drink 2023-2050
2009 Chateau Margaux
2cs (12*75cl OWC) @ £7,000 per case in bond
100 points Jane Anson
Power and enveloping aromatics from the first moment, this is bursting with pleasure, and so signature Margaux. Impossible not to love the depth and the spice that comes through from the first moment, with spirals of sandalwood, violets, crushed raspberries and cassis. Enticing and generous, and totally delicous. Still young, very much in it primary fruit phase, but you can begin to drink this now, such is the vibrancy of the tannins, but it will deliver for many decades to come. Torreified, smoked coffee bean and campfire notes overtake after half an hour in the glass. 100% new oak. 31% of production win the 1st wine, with the same high level of Cabernet Sauvignon as in 2005. Paul Pontallier director in these years, and this continues to set out a benchmark for the property, as it has every time I have tasted it. (2022) Drink 2022-2050
2009 Château Montrose
2cs (12*75cl OWC) @ £2,450 per case in bond
100 points William Kelley
A brilliant wine that stands out as one of the high points of the vintage, the 2009 Montrose unwinds in the glass with a rich and incipiently complex bouquet of dark berries, cigar wrapper and loamy soil, framed by a deftly judged touch of new oak. Full-bodied, broad and enveloping, it’s a velvety, layered and impressively dynamic wine that’s deep and concentrated, exhibiting terrific balance and a long, resonant finish. While it is still five or six years away from showing all its cards, I have drunk this benchmark for contemporary Montrose with immense pleasure three times this year. In style, it’s hard to find an obvious comparison (and I have drunk Montrose back to 1895), but I would be inclined to invoke a fresher, more complete and more powerful version of the estate’s very successful 2003. (2022) Drink 2025-2060
2009 Chateau Pontet Canet
1cs (12*75cl OWC) @ £1,700 per case in bond
100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Deep garnet in color, the 2009 Pontet-Canet slips sensuously from the glass with opulent scents of crème de cassis, baked plums and Black Forest cake plus suggestions of Chinese five spice, potpourri, oolong tea and menthol. Full-bodied, rich, spicy and oh-so-decadent in the mouth, it has a fantastically velvety frame and seamless freshness, finishing very long. (2020) Drink 2020-2065
2009 Chateau Vieux Chateau Certan
2cs (12*75cl OWC) @ £2,800 per case in bond
2cs mags (6*150cl OWC) @ £2,850 per case in bond
100 points James Suckling
This is a wine that had extreme intensity of electrifying tannins and acidity, with supercharged fruit. Full-bodied, yet agile and lively. It touches every taste bud on your palate. Chocolate mousse and fruit. I am lost for words. Legendary 1950 all over again. Try it in 2020. (2012)
Offered subject to final confirmation. Available in the UK in 6-8 weeks. Offer expires 1st February 2024.

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