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2009 Bordeaux Prices and Favorites

The dozen wines I would buy from this vintage, depending on how high prices rise

Posted: April 9, 2010  By James Suckling

A little-known estate in St.-Estèphe called Petit Bocq was the first to offer its 2009 Bordeaux to the world as futures, but it attracted little interest, according to the wine merchants in Bordeaux I spoke to today. Most said they were waiting for next week's offerings from more prominent properties, although none of the big-name wines are expected to be sold as futures, or en primeur, until early June.

Yesterday, the cru bourgeois supérieur estate offered about 3,000 cases at 8.50 euros to négociants. This is a 1 euro increase from Petit Bocq's 2008 price, or about 14 percent. If only the blue-chip châteaus would follow suit when they release their 2009s! I am sure that is not going to happen. But we can always hope.

Anyway, I made a list of my dozen favorite wines to buy in 2009. These are not necessarily the very best, but the wines that come to mind that I would buy myself.

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2009 White Bordeaux

Posted: April 8, 2010  By James Suckling

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

2009 Sauternes & Barsac

Posted: April 7, 2010  By James Suckling

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Be Happy

2009 Bordeaux prices seem to be all anyone wants to talk about, but with prices still not announced, the quality should be the topic of conversation

Posted: April 5, 2010  By James Suckling

It seems everyone wants to know about prices for 2009 Bordeaux, but they haven't been released yet, and 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.

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More Thoughts on 2009

While there will be plenty of good 2009 values from some of Bordeaux's smaller operations, the region's best names will be recession-proof

Posted: April 2, 2010  By James Suckling

I was chatting with Patrick Maroteaux, the head of St.-Julien's classified-growth Château Branaire-Ducru, about 2009 Bordeaux pricing. While I think there will be hundreds of good value wines from the 2009 vintage, the top names, including the first-growths, will have no need to lower prices despite the global economic downturn.

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Blind Tasting Road Trip

After deciding that tasting wines blind wasn't objective enough, I attempted to deprive myself of all visual influences

Posted: April 1, 2010  By James Suckling

Today I conducted an experiment in which I not only tasted the wines blind, but also blindfolded myself in an attempt to rid myself of all the visual influences in my tastings in St.-Emilion at the house of Jean-Luc Thunevin

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The Demand Appears to Be There for 2009 Bordeaux

I am already hearing scary rumors about the futures prices for the top names in Bordeaux for this excellent young vintage

Posted: March 31, 2010  By James Suckling

I watched as about 1,000 people showed up for the 2009 Pessac-Léognan tasting at Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte today. Despite the global economy and overabundance of quality wine in the marketplace, no one looks worried in Bordeaux about the current market for his or her new top wines. You won't believe what one wine merchant told me to expect when the 2009 futures go on sale.

Mar. 31, 2010 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Transforming Copper Into Silver

In the difficult 2007 vintage, Bordeaux turned average grapes into some very good wines

Posted: March 31, 2010  By James Suckling

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Clarity of Fruit

I tasted more than 50 wines from top Bordeaux consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt today

Posted: March 30, 2010  By James Suckling

Today I visited with Stéphane Derenoncourt, who consults for wineries around the world, and is a master in Bordeaux. I blind-tasted more than 50 of his 2009 Bordeauxs, from Margaux, Pessac-Léognan, St.-Emilion and more, and his winemaking style works beautifully with this amazing vintage. I found some potential classics among his lineup; here are my notes.

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Still One of the World's Most Exciting Wine Regions

2009 will not match 2005 for overall quality, but many châteaus have made their best wines ever, particularly in Margaux and St.-Estèphe

Posted: March 29, 2010  By James Suckling

I think that for value and style, Bordeaux is still one of the most exciting wine regions in the world. Despite that 2009 may not match 2005 for overall quality, I am especially impressed with some of the smaller, lesser known producers in some of the top appellations such as Margaux and St.-Estèphe. They seem to have made some wonderful rich, ripe and structured young reds, and I have written in many of their tasting notes "best ever."

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