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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