2009 Bordeaux Primeurs – a first impression
There’s no doubt about it – 2009 was a great year for Bordeaux reds (can’t say that for the whites, though) and like 2005 – it’s going to be hard to find anyone who has made a real dud. However, there is one caveat. I found a number of wines, particularly in the right bank of Pomerol, St. Emilion and satellites who were showing some pretty over-extracted wines. Maybe they were compensating for the rain that fell during harvest time that had diluted the grapes a bit, but the vintage was so good and so well balanced that they really didn’t need to do it. Wines from the Graves and the Médoc fared much better with the Graves, for me, taking the bisciut for overall balance, power and elegance.
When you have a great vintage, the lesser wines do a lot better, thus narrowing the quality gap between them and the Grand Crus. After all, you can’t give a wine more than our 5 star plus rating, however good it is, whilst some of the previously 2 and 3 star producers have definately gone up a notch or three this year. This is wonderful news for the real drinkers, because it’s hardly likely that the lesser wines will increase in price buy more than 10% over the 2008 prices, whilst the quality rating has increased by double that or even more. Obviously, we’ll have to wait and see how the prices will come out over ther next few months and if this years’ prices follow the release patterns of the last few, prices will be eked out to ensure the maximum exploitation. The new economic masters of the world, the Chinese, and other Far Eastern buyers are in Bordeaux en masse and there is sure to be fierce competition for paying top prices for whatever top wine scribing guru gives maximum marks to.
I wiil be drawing up a list of the best NON Grand Cru wines on offer from the 2009 vintage from simple Bordeaux A.C. wines to the crus Bourgeois (and there is another story on the Bourgeois) and will be monitoring them as and when their prices are released and will summarise them on this site on a special 2009 primeurs page in our Wine Notes section which will be updated with each month’s new issues. However, Bacchnalians will get an update from me as and when prices are released which could at times be on a daily basis. Another reason to become a Bacchanalian! Watch this space