BR 2009 Bordeaux En Primeur Tasting

Tasted Tuesday, July 6, 2010 by Khamen with 1,122 views


A chance to get to grips with the vintage dubbed "the greatest of all time" (again). Nearly 40 producers were on hand to pour both their2009 barrel samples and the 2006 as a comparison.

Flight 1 (50 Notes)

Flight 2 (4 Notes)

Dinner at The Square after the tasting - anything but Bordeaux!

  • 2002 Louis Jadot Corton-Charlemagne Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot 91 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

    Vibrant gold. Very rich, good complexity in here. Nutty, buttery peach and apricot. Judicious use of oak. Stil very young but approachable. 91+

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  • 1995 Domaine Denis Mortet Chambertin 95 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin Grand Cru

    Screamingly good burgundy. Concentrated, complex savoury pinot character with a real depth of character and complexity. Drinking like a champ but years ahead of it. 95+

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  • 1946 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu 95 Points

    France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray

    Amazingly fresh. Great complexity, almost like the hypothetical love-child of a Chabls Grand Cru and a top white from Pessac Leognan. Mouth-watering acidity helps focus the carousel of complexity. Supremely intense, balanced and long. A special wine.

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  • 1999 István Szepsy Tokaji Esszencia 93 Points

    Hungary, Tokaji

    Weighing in at a huge 2.8% this motor-oil thick golden fluid packs incredible sweetness. Very young, this is going to need a couple of decades to broaden out and mellow at the moment it's extremely impressive, endlessly deep and quite possiblythe sweetest thing you will ever drink, but it needs to work on the charm. Doubtless it will get there before the world ceases to turn. Just maybe not by much...93++++

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Overall the 2009s laid down a huge footprint. As promised, tannins, acidity, concentration and, above all, alcohols were off the chart. Generally the producers believe the 2009 to be approachable fairly early (in 6-7 years) but to last for decades. They are generally enthusiastic towards the 2009 vintage (as you would expect), but more than one was heard to appreciate recognition of the balance and elegance of the under-rated 2006s with genuine relief. One point of note is how well the majority of the 2006s are drinking now. No doubt they will soon be sound asleep but right now they're zippy, elegant, balanced and full of life. A great tasting.