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First Report: Bordeaux 2009 “Some of the Greatest Wines I Have Tasted in 32 Years” -Robert Parker

There is no question that 2009 is going to be one of the greatest Bordeaux vintages of our lifetimes. Parker, Tanzer, La Revue du Vin de France, Wine Spectator – they all agree. Below are three of the first wines to be released. They are spectacular values. But first, let’s hear what the big names have been saying about the 2009s.

“In short, I do not think I have ever tasted such extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignons, and I believe the 2009 is at its greatest in the Medoc and Graves.”Robert Parker Wine Advocate April 2010

“The 2009 vintage is a superb success in Bordeaux, notably in the Medoc which will become legendary. The wines are splendid in the Graves, Sauternes, in Pomerol and in St Emilion in spite of some vineyards hit by hail.” – La Revue du Vin de France

“Everywhere I went in the two weeks I spent tasting the 2009 wines in Bordeaux, the song remained the same: simply put, virtually everyone agreed that ’09 will go down in history as the greatest Bordeaux vintage of all time.” Whoa! -Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

“The reasons for such high praise? A seemingly endless line-up of remarkably concentrated yet balanced wines, and the possibility that more properties than ever before have made what may end up being their best wine of all time. There are also rich pickings in the value-for-money appellations of Castillon, Francs and Fronsac.” -Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

“…I’d like to bring the conversation back to the vintage’s exceptional quality. I love the way the wines have such opulent fruit backed by powerful tannins. Yet the tannins are round and polished with the top wines. In addition, the reds are fresh and vibrant.

“A lot of people make comparisons to 1982, which I have to agree with to some extent but, honestly, I think they are better.” James Suckling Wine Spectator

There you have it. Consensus on the quality of the 2009s.

Two Reasons to Buy Bordeaux Futures (in Great Vintages) First it assures you access to the best wines before they are sold out. The top rated wines often sell out in Bordeaux within a day and often in hours. Second while you do pay in advance you will get a substantial discount to their price once they reach the US (if they are available at all) In 2005 this discount was from 30 to 100%.

How Bordeaux Futures Offers Work Here’s how you can secure some of these wonders for your cellar. Nearly every morning, I will be getting allocations directly from the negociants in Bordeaux who get their allocations directly from the chateau owners. The prices will be thepremier tranche (i.e. opening) prices. This is the best time to buy the best Bordeaux – before they disappear or the prices shoot up (which they will). I will get very limited quantities (there is a whole world out there vying for these wines, particularly for this vintage).

I will decide what to buy and immediately make an offering to everyone via an early morning email. It will provide the price and some background and also why I am recommending this estate. So check your email to see what is being released each morning (France is 6 hours ahead of us) and choose the wines that interest you.

Quick note: There will be a lot of offers and, therefore, emails over the next 2 months as the wines are released. “Bordeaux 09” will appear as the subject line for all these emails to distinguish them from my regular emails for wines in stock. Cynthia Hurley

Here are the first three Bordeaux 2009 Futures
Very Good Prices (thanks falling euro) and what is shaping up to be a Legendary Vintage.CHÂTEAU CÔTE MONTPEZAT Côtes de Castillon Cuvée Compostelle 2009Wine Spectator Score: 91-94 $219 per case.
“Beautiful nose of crushed blueberries and raspberries. Full-bodied, with soft and velvety tannins and lots of pretty fruit.” -J.S.

Rating 89-91 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate $259 per case
“This classic over-performer has turned out another super-attractive, supple-textured, dark ruby/purple- colored wine displaying notes of flowers, licorice, spice, and background oak. It should drink nicely for a decade or more. (Tasted two times.)” – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Rating 89-91 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate $165 per case
“One couldn’t ask for a more serious owner than Jean- Philippe Janoueix, who has done such a terrific job at La Confession in St.-Emilion and La Croix St.-Georges in Pomerol. Tiny yields of 31 hectoliters per hectare as well as super attention to detail in both the vineyard and winemaking has resulted in a wine that is a final blend of 87% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot coming in at 14.1% alcohol. The wine is stunning, dense purple in color, with notes of chocolate, espresso roast, pain grille, blackberries, and cherries. It is a hedonistic mouthful of wine to drink over the next 4-5 years. (Tasted two times.)” -Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate