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BORDEAUX 2009.

There has been huge Buzz and tremendous press since last August, but we’ve all been wondering, Is all the hype true?  Now, the jury is out and the news is good—Yes;  2009 is a banner vintage.  It’s too early to tell if it’s a vintage of a lifetime, but the comparisons to great years such as 2005 and 1947 mean that the wines will be excellent and beyond.  The good news is that the 2009 Bordeaux will be of higher quality at every price point;  the bad news is, the prices will be high!  If you are a Bordeaux aficionado–or just like a good Cab or Merlot–it is of particular importance this year to lock in ‘Premier Tranche’ or ‘first slice’ pricing—because prices will only go up from there! 

currentVintage is pleased to offer Bordeaux Futures for the spectacular 2009 vintage of each region.  These are very attractive pre-arrival prices that we are able to provide through Direct Import.  Bordeaux wines typically go up in value at least 25 percent and sometimes double in price between en primeur and bottle releases.  Let’s talk now about getting your order in at substantial savings over future shelf price.

Here are a few of our available wines.  Come by currentVintage at 4 Easy St on Nantucket or E-mail currentVintage@currentVintage.com for a Vintage Report and full price list.  Delivery is available in NY, NJ, CT, RI, MA plus most of New England.

Ch̢teau de Chambrun 2009 РLalande-de-Pomerol

Wine Spectator: (90-93 Points) Wine Advocate (Robert Parker): (90-92 Points)

“Fabulous aromas of crushed berry and blackberry, with hints of mineral and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, with soft, silky tannins and a clean, fresh finish. The is the third year of Silvio Denz’s ownership of the estate, and it gets better and better. 90 percent Merlot and 10 percent Cabernet Franc.” (James Suckling, Web Only – 2010)

$37/bottle

Château Figeac 2009 – St.-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé

Wine Spectator: (97-100 Points)

“Really fabulous on the nose, with sweet milk chocolate, flowers, currant and plum. Full-bodied, with incredible length. The tannins are so silky, but they are warm and cuddly. You just want to hug it. Powerful but so attractive. The blend is one third each of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.” (James Suckling, Web Only – 2010)

$310/bottle

Ch̢teau Pontet Canet 2009 РPauillac Cru Class̩

Wine Advocate (Robert Parker): (97-100 Points), Wine Spectator: (95-98 Points)

“It’s no surprise that proprietor Alfred Tesseron has produced a possibly perfect 2009. He’s been on a roll since 1994, and no other producer has done more work in the vineyard than Tesseron, who has moved to 100% bio-dynamic farming, reduced yields drastically, and instituted a draconian selection process. This vineyard, which sits on the high plateau of Pauillac adjacent to Mouton Rothschild, has produced a 2009 of extraordinary intensity and purity. It is outrageously concentrated, with silky tannin (the sweetest I have ever tasted in a Pontet-Canet as well as the highest measured), an opaque purple color, and copious notes of graphite, cassis, licorice, and subtle smoke and forest floor. Full-bodied and unctuously textured with striking purity and definition, it is a wine of colossal weight as well as elegance (in itself a poster boy for this paradox in 2009). This brilliant Pauillac requires a decade of cellaring despite its voluptuous texture. It should evolve for 50-75 years. (Tasted four times.)” (Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 188, April 2010)

$245/bottle

Ch̢teau Pape Cl̩ment 2009 РGrand Cru Class̩ de Graves, Pessac Leognan

Wine Advocate (Robert Parker): (95-97+ Points), Wine Spectator: (94-97 Points)

“A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc, the 2009 Pape Clement is not as dense or provocative as the 2005, but it is a worthy competitor. Tighter and more muscular than the 2005, the 2009 reveals an opaque purple color along with notes of graphite, blueberries, and blackberries, stunning richness, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and tremendous length and intensity. Some patience will be required, and I do not believe this effort will achieve the near perfection of the 2005, but it is another winner in this extraordinary vintage. Yields were 43 hectoliters per hectare, and the wine finished around 13.5% alcohol. (Tasted four times.)

Historically one of the oldest vineyards in Bordeaux (having once been owned by Pope Clement, who gets more credit for what he did in Chateauneuf du Pape than in Graves), this 700-year old Pessac vineyard has turned out another profound wine under the administration of proprietor Bernard Magrez.” (Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 188, April 2010)

$175/bottle

MAUVAIS GARÇON Bordeaux

Wine Spectator: (90-93 Points)

Intense coffee bean, toasted bread and concentrated ripe fruit. Full-bodied, with soft and velvety tannins and a medium finish. A juicy wine in a flashy style. This is now called Mauvais Garçon, which means “bad boy” in French. —James Suckling

$22/bottle