BORDEAUX CONNOISSEUR’S DOZEN FROM THE SUBLIME 2009 VINTAGE
Château Chasse-Spleen (Moulis) 2009
Château Chasse-Spleen is a winery in the Moulis-en-Médoc appellation of theBordeaux region of France, just north-west of Margaux. Château Chasse-Spleen was selected as one of six Crus Exceptionnels in the Cru Bourgeois classification of 1932, and through later revisions until the annulment of the classification in 2007. The estate is today widely considered to be of cru classé standard.
Fleur de Clinet (Pomerol) 2009
Fleur de Clinet is the second label of Château Clinet, which is a wine producer located in Pomerol, Bordeaux, on the right bank of the Gironde. The vineyards are planted predominantly to Merlot, alongside small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon – proportions that are mirrored in the wine's makeup.
Château Malescot St Exupery (Margaux) 2009
Château Malescot-St-Exupéry, a 3ème Cru Classé Margaux property, can trace its history back to the 18th century. Over the years its reputation slipped and the estate became dilapidated and run-down.
Malescot-St-Exupéry's wine is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot - it is matured in oak barriques, 80% of which are new, for 16 months and is bottled unfiltered.
Malescot-St-Exupéry can be light and lean when young but after 6-7 years of cellaring displays a seductive perfume and a harmonious and silky texture which few wines from Margaux can match.
Château Tour St Bonnet (Médoc) 2009
Château Tour St. Bonnet is a renowned cru bourgeois estate situated in the commune of St-Christoly at the far north of the Médoc. Its 40-hectare vineyard is superbly situated on the edge of the commune on a gravel ridge adjacent to the Gironde.
Tour St. Bonnet's wine is made from a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 5% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot.
Lacoste-Borie (Pauillac) 2009
Bequeathed over several centuries, One of the oldest estates in the Médoc. The history of Grand-Puy-Lacoste is fascinating in many ways. It is a family saga going back to the 16th century.
The name Grand-Puy, already mentioned in documents from the Middle Ages, comes from the ancient term "puy” which means "hillock, small height”. True to its name, the vineyard sits on outcrops with a terroir similar to that of the Médoc's first growths. From Since the 16th century the property remained attached to a single family from generation to generation, in a direct line through marriage until 1920, before connecting with another family in 1978—the Borie.
Goulee de Cos d’Estournel (Médoc) 2009
The finest Goulee to date, the wine has an opaque purple color, a glorious nose of creme de cassis, blackberries, forest floor, and some subtle charcoal, and fabulous fruit on the attack, mid-palate and finish. The wine is opulent, even viscous, with unreal concentration and a full-bodied purity and texture. This wine simply over-delivers at every stage of the tasting experience. It is definitely a candidate to buy by the caseful and drink over the next decade or more. This is a major sleeper of the vintage.
Created by Cos d'Estournel's winemaker Jean-Guillaume Prats and proprietor Michel Reybier, this wine represents 90,000 bottles of absolutely remarkable claret made from a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot that has been lavished with the same attention and care that Cos d'Estournel receives.
Château Petit Village (Pomerol) 2009
Located in Pomerol, Château Petit Village has been owned by AXA Millesimes since 1989, a company that also owns Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, Château Cantenac Brown and Château Suduiraut. Since the 1990s, the vineyard has been significantly replanted which means that lower quantities of Petit-Village are being produced for the time being. The winery has also been completely rebuilt, with a new vat room filled with varying sizes of concrete vats designed to vinify each small parcel separately. The wines produced are rich and voluptuous with a lot of toasty and smoky characters.
The 10.5 hectares of vineyard are planted with 75% Merlot, 18 % Cabernet Franc and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes are vinified plot-by-plot and the wine is matured for about 15 months in oak barrels, of which 70% are new.
Reserve de la Comtesse (Pauillac) 2009
Château Pichon-Longueville Lalande is one of the most important Super Seconds and this 2ème Cru Classé Pauillac estate has made tremendous strides in the last 20 years. This is largely due to the energy, drive and ambition of May-Eliane de Lenquesaing, who took over the property in 1978.
Pichon-Longueville Lalande is a 75-hectare property that produces on average 36,000 cases per year. Located in the east of the Pauillac appellation, the vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon 45%, Merlot 35%, Cabernet Franc 12%, Petit Verdot 8%) lie on deep gravel beds underpinned by clay and then sandstone and limestone (part of these vineyards actually reside in the St-Julien appellation). The wine is fermented in stainless steel cuvées and then matured in oak barriques (50% new) for 18 months.
Pichon-Longueville Lalande is not as powerful or as tannic as some its Pauillac neighbours and this is mainly because of its relatively high Merlot content. In the best years, it is one of the most exotic and voluptuously scented wines of the Médoc. At least a decade of cellaring is required before the wines should be approached.
The finest second wine they have made, the 2009 Reserve de Comtesse is composed of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc. Flavorful and full-bodied with loads of texture and opulence, it offers up aromas of forest floor and black fruits. The surprisingly high tannin level is barely noticeable given the sweetness of the fruit and abundant glycerin.
Rx (Médoc) 2009
The “Rx” wines of Rousseau de Sipian With a perfect sunny, long, warm growing season, and cool nights, the wines produced were at once amazingly ripe and balanced with exquisite acidity and showing immense power and structure. “Rx 2009” is polished and ready to enjoy, with sweet fruit and all of the structure necessary to last many years in the cellar. This was an auspicious year to launch the “Rx” wines and a year in which the Petit Verdot grapes ripened beautifully for the first time since planting, albeit they were picked from the vines in late October when the vine leaves had already fallen to the ground!
Château Bourgneuf (Pomerol) 2009
The exquisite 2009 Château Bourgneuf is a stunning creation, displaying dense and complex fruit that typifies the 2009 vintage. This is complemented by an attractive shade of spice and anise that lifts the wine, adding a lightness of touch. Rich fruitcake and kirsch combine with meaty, animal notes. On the palate, the wine fills the mouth but shows admirable finesse too. This Château continues to improve with every vintage. This is serious Pomerol that is built to last but with real flair and a touch of the exotic too.
Blanc de Lynch Bages 2009 (White wine of Château Lynch Bages)
Lynch Bages, which has a long history in Bordeaux takes its name from the local area where the chateau is located in Bages. The vineyard of what was to become Lynch Bages was established and then expanded by the Dejean family who sold it in 1728 to Pierre Drouillard. In 1749, Drouillard bequeathed the estate to his daughter, Elizabeth, the wife of Thomas Lynch. This is how the estate came to belong to the Lynch family, where it remained for seventy-five years and inspired the name Lynch Bages. However, it was not always known under that name. For a while the wines were sold under the name of Jurine Bages. In fact, when the estate was Classified in the 1855 Classification of the Medoc , the wines were selling under the name of Chateau Jurine Bages. That is because the property was owned at the time by a Swiss wine merchant, Sebastien Jurine. In 1862, the property was sold to the Cayrou brothers who restored the estate’s name to Chateau Lynch-Bages in honor of the Lynch family.
Fresh and lively with a uplifting mist of grapefruit, honeydew and orange, this wine has a sweet, honey-coated note and a soft, yellow, citrus finish.
Château Suduiraut (Sauternes) 2009 (Half-Bottle)
Château Suduiraut is located in the commune of Preignac and its vineyards border those of d`Yquem. The property has a long history stretching back to the 15th century. Only a solitary wing remains of the original château, as it was destroyed by the Duc d`Eperon in the 16th century. The present château was built in the 17th century by the Suduiraut family, who also commissioned a spectacular garden designed by Le Nôtre. Suduiraut was classified as a 1er Cru Classé in 1855.
With an intense perfume that is equally matched with power and concentration of fat, sweet, ripe, pure, honey drenched fruit, this beautiful sweet Bordeaux wine has it all. Your palate is coated with layers of sweet yellow and orange fruits, spice, vanilla and honey. With length, purity and freshness, this blend of 93% Semillon and 7% Sauvignon Blanc is a delicious Sauternes that is worth finding and laying down. It should age and evolve for decades!
One bottle of each normally £608.85. Special Price £475.00
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