JULIAN HITNER TORONTO WINE CONSULTANT

"For love of everything that is wine"

JULIAN'S FINE WINE BLOG

Union des Grands Cru de Bordeaux: '09s

Posted by hitnerwine on January 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Scrambling to taste as many wines as possible, by the time the evening was over I’d amassed a small yet handsome sum of 28 detailed notes out of 115 wines. I would have recorded much more, but meticulous wine commentary takes lots of time.

*

Still, it would have been nice if I’d been able to record many more wines, but three hours is not enough time to properly taste the great estates of Bordeaux, particularly from as lauded a vintage as 2009, which, by the way, lives every bit up to its hype. Since tasting the ‘05s, I have never tasted so many stupendous wines at one event, and I have the hangover the prove it—no willpower for spittoons on this occasion.

*

For collectors, then, all one should know is that the ‘09s are must-haves as cellarable additions. And while I will not be posting my notes until the next few weeks (possibly earlier), here’s a list of my top ten red wines:

*

Château Figeac: probably their best wine ever; exceedingly multilayered, almost holistic, and piled to the rafters in terms of fullness, pedigree, balance, and structural superiority; a privilege to taste. 98/100 ($375 per bottle)

*

Château Haut-Bailly: now rivaling Pape-Clément for top wine of the appellation, that is, after Haut-Brion and La Mission, the ’09 Haut-Bailly is a wine of astounding layering, refinement, and pedigree. Bravo! 97++/100 ($179 per bottle)

*

Château Pape Clément: insanely decadent, luxurious, and refined; this will likely be hailed as the most immortal wine proprietor Bernard Magrez has ever been associated with; the white version is also astounding. 97/100 ($225 per bottle)

*

Château La Conseillante: a little piece of heaven in liquid form, this is Pomerol at its most luxurious, most sophisticated, and most desirable; in the past, fantastic wines were always made here; now it seems they’re shooting for the stars. 97/100 ($325 per bottle)

*

Château Clinet: a stratospheric achievement, the ’09 Château Clinet possesses all the hallmarks of a legend in the making; fantastically styled, deeply rich, and incredibly multilayered; an exercise in indulgence. 96++/100 ($265 per bottle)

*

Clos Fourtet: the culmination of countless improvements, this is the greatest Clos Fourtet ever, with such a direly profound, intensely sumptuous disposition that I ended off the night with a sturdy helping of the stuff. 96+/100 ($175 per bottle)

*

Château Léoville Barton: similar to the ’05, only fuller in design, the refinement of this wine is incredible; a claret of fantastic integration, style, balance, and breed; truly a classic. 96/100 ($149 per bottle)

*

Château Lynch Bages: the epitome of great Pauillac, this is the greatest Lynch Bages I have ever tasted, possessing such incredible, heavenly structure, breadth, posture, and ‘fat’ in just the right places. 96/100 ($235 per bottle)

*

Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande: the most Burgundian wine of the night, almost enigmatic in strawberry perfume, yet unmistakably ‘Pauillac’ in density, fullness, and breed. 96/100 ($295 per bottle)

*

Château Canon-la-Gaffelière: with so much going on here, this is the most luxurious, decadent Canon-la-Gaffelière ever created; it’s also one of the most generous, desirably ‘fatty’ wines of the vintage. 95++/100 ($145 per bottle)

Categories: None

Post a Comment

Oops!

Oops, you forgot something.

Oops!

The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

Already a member? Sign In

0 Comments