2009 BORDEAUX Futures - WINE ADVOCATE April 2010 # 188 Issue

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April 29, 2010
By: Franck

Robert PARKER WINE ADVOCATE # 188 April 2010: "2009 Bordeaux"

Please find under the WINE ADVOCATE ratings for the 2009 Bordeaux Grands Crus we do have direct allocation to. Please let us know the wines you might be intersted in, and we will be pleased to let you know their precise terms as soon as they will be released over the coming days and weeks! 


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Château CHEVAL BLANC 98-100 : The harvest for the 2009 Cheval-Blanc began in mid-September and finished October 8. One of this estate's greatest wines, the 2009 (58% Merlot and 42% Cabernet Franc) came in at 13.5% natural alcohol (some lots were as high as 14.5%). The wine exhibits sumptuous aromatics of subtle menthol intermixed with caramel, black raspberries, mulberries, kirsch, and cassis. With a stupendous opulence and a fleshy mouthfeel, but no heaviness or fatigue, this dense wiine is staggeringly concentrated, very full-bodied, powerful, and silky smooth. Irresistible already, it is almost frightening to think how compelling this beauty should be in a few years. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050.

Château CHEVAL BLANC also rated96-99pts Wine Spectator


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Château CLINET 97-100 : The greates Clinet since the incredible duo produced by the late Jean-Michel Arcaute in 1989 and 1990, the 2009 (tasted on 4 seperate occasions) waas off the charts in terms of quality and potential. Yields of 47 hectoliters per hectare were not particularly low, and the fruit used in the final blend (87% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon; 14% natural alcohol) was all harvested between September 21 and October 7. The wine boasts an opaque black:puprple color in addition to a gorgeous bouquet of truffles, charcoal, asphalt, blackberries, blueberries, and meaty, smoky notes. This dense, unctuously-textured Pomerol is built like a skyscraper with multiple layers, sweet tannins, and enormous concentration as well as length.The good news is ther will be 4.000 cs of this modern day legend in the making. It should drink well for 30-35 years. While it's hard to eclipse a 100-point wine (1989), the 2009 appears to be the finest Clinet has ever made.

Château CLINET also rated95-98pts Wine Spectator


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Château LAGRANGE - 90-93 : A slightly ligther, less powerful style of St.Julien, but also less oaky than previous vintages have tended to be, the 2009 Lagrange offers attractive, fresh, red and black currant notes, and an elegant as well as corpulent attack and mid-palate. This wine does not have the weight of the "big boys" of Saint-Julien, but it displays an endearing finesse, freshness, and purity. It is by no means a wimpish, understated wine, but in the context of the 2009 vintage, it is somewhat overwhelmed by many of its neigbors. Enjoy it over the next two decades.

Château LAGRANGE also rated91-94pts Wine Spectator


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Château SMITH HAUT-LAFITTE - 96-98+One can't say enough about what proprietors Daniel & Florence Cathiard have accomplished at this estate since 1990. Regrettably, I'm old enough to remember how horrible the wines were before the Cathiards purchased the property. They have fashioned one of the most consistantly outsanding wines, both white and red, over the last two decades, and their 2009 probably eclipses any previous perfomance. An opaque purple color is followed by an explosive nose of graphite, black currants, licorice, incense, and a hint of black tea. The wine hits the palate with extraordinary density, unctuosity, and richness, yet it never comes across as heavy or overbearing. Deep and full-bodied with sensational concentration as well as remarkable purity and precision, this brilliant wine possesses the high, but sweet tannins that are a hallmark of the vintage, and exceptional delicacy allied to massive power and richness... a rare combination indeed. This prodigious effort should drink well for 30-40 years. Bravo.

Château SMITH HAUT-LAFITTE also rated95-98pts Wine Spectator


Château LARRIVET HAUT-BRION - 91-93 : Juicy red currant with subbtle smoked herbes, truffle, and spice box jump from the glass of this dense ruby/purple-colored wine. Possessing silky tannins, seductive, ripe fruit with an opulent texture and no hard edges, but serious tannin lurking behind the wealth of fruit and glycerin, this is another classic Pessac-Léognan that can be drunk young or cellared for 20-25 years.

Château LARRIVET HAUT-BRION also rated90-93pts Wine Spectator


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Château CHARMAIL 89-91 : This classic over-performed has turned out another super-attractive, supple-textured, dark ruby-colored wine displaying notes of flowers, licorice, spice, and background oak. It should drink nicely for a decade or more.

Château CHARMAIL also rated91-94pts Wine Spectator

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