2009 Bordeaux at Beltramo's (Part 3)

Beltramo's, Menlo Park, CA
Tasted Saturday, September 22, 2012 by Merzbow with 361 views

Introduction

Final installment of Beltramo's marathon of 2009 Bordeaux tastings. (Three 2009 Sauternes were poured, but they basically sucked, so I chose not to waste my time writing notes for them.)

Flight 1 (6 Notes)

  • 2009 Clos Manou 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc

    Smoky, chalky nose. Dense, chalky, cocoa powder palate. Taut and admirable structure, but I wanted more complexity.

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  • 2009 Château Haut-Batailley 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Ripe cherry-chocolate nose, then mocha mineral "Pauillac dust" drives this wine toward a satisfying and complex finish. Wow, this is underrated by just about everybody.

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  • 2009 Château de Fieuzal 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Stunning wine, and unlike the Haut-Batailley, everyone seems to agree. Interesting nose of ripe fruit and bacon. Then, smooth, elegant, mouth-coating, dark fruits, ripe tannin, and overall awesomeness make you want to build a giant dome over Bordeaux and control the weather so every year can be like 2009...

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  • 2009 Les Pagodes de Cos 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    Every time I taste a second, third, fourth, or what-have-you wine I'm reminded why I don't like paying for leftovers. Bit of volativity on the nose and palate throws things off a bit for me, but even looking past that the wine is ripe, focused, but lacks complexity.

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  • 2009 Château Pape Clément 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Hershey's chocolate nose, with a bit of heat. Bitter cocoa, long finish, tons of ripe tannin. Seems to straddle a mid-point between the bruiser style and the elegant style of high-end Left Bank Bordeaux this vintage.

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  • 2009 Château Léoville Poyferré 96 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Nose is a bit reticent, but then you're lovingly assaulted by waves of very concentrated but ripe tannin, swimming in a sea of regally haughty purple fruit. Definitely one of the stars of the vintage, and I'd buy this over the absurdly monolithic Pontet-Cantet any day. Thanks, Parker, for cursing this wine with your number of the beast, 100. If it was still available at the average CT price of $150 I'd surely buy some.

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Closing

I am struggling to imagine how 2010 can be better than this. But given the price increases that's the claim being made...

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