In the latest issue Wine Advocate issue
, editor-in-chief Lisa Perrotti-Brown attended BI Wine’s annual Ten-Years-On Bordeaux tasting of the 2009 vintage in London, followed by a tasting of 2009 Sauternes in Bordeaux, organized by local expert Bill Blatch. The topic at hand for this retrospective was, when it comes to drinking this particular vintage, how soon is now?
“The rather surprising truth about 2009 is that, for such a consistently great, consistently delicious-when-young vintage, today the wines are all over the place when it comes to state of maturity,” she says in her report, which comes complete with anticipated optimum drinking windows.
Below, the profound 11 wines were given the perfect 100-point RP score in Perrotti-Brown’s latest Bordeaux report.
“Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Cheval Blanc offers up profound notions of baked blueberries, blackberry compote and crème de cassis with suggestions of chocolate mint, new leather and cloves plus a waft of candied violets.”
“Full-bodied, rich and opulently fruited in the mouth, it has beautifully plush tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing very long and very spicy.”
“This needs time!”
“Full, concentrated and powerful in the mouth, it has a rock-solid frame of super ripe, grainy tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing very long and wonderfully minerally.”
“Medium garnet colored, the 2009 Le Pin comes charging out of the glass with exuberant notions of baked red and black cherries, mulberries and warm plums with touches of star anise, cigar box and lavender plus wafts of menthol and fragrant soil.”
“Hallelujah—what a glorious nose!”
“Full-bodied, rich and plush, this is pure seduction in the mouth, offering a taut yet velvety texture and oodles of freshness to frame the opulent fruit, finishing very long and mineral laced.”
“It finishes with an incredible display of epically long-lasting flavor fireworks.”
“Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2009 Petrus gives up glorious scents of preserved plums, redcurrant jelly, dried rose petals, blackberry compote and mulberries with touches of licorice, Chinese five spice and fragrant earth.”
“Possessing a residual sugar of 157 grams per liter and 13.6% alcohol as well as a laser-focused line of freshness, the rock-solid structure and through-the-roof opulence here is simply mind blowing. Pure perfection.”
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