Medoc/Graves - 2009
2009 is a vintage which has produced many remarkable and magnificent Clarets which will give wine lovers hours of delight for very many years to come. The vintage evokes many justified superlatives and comparisons with many great vintages of the recent past.
These can however be misleading. It is clear that the ‘personality’ of 2009 differs from the firm, classic 2000 or bright, fresh attack of the 2005s, fabulous though that last vintage particularly is proving to be. We believe that the charm, balance and seductiveness of 2009s will make the best of them taste good at all stages of their development.
A particularly rewarding and exciting aspect of 2009 is the outstanding quality that can be found in less well-known districts and properties. It is these wines, which will give best value and the most pleasure to wine drinkers. The quality of the cabernets in the great vineyards of the Médoc and also many of their humbler neighbours in St Estèphe and further north was exceptional, giving wines an unusual complexity and structure. The one drawback for those that were affected was a series of fierce hailstorms in May which cut a swathe through parts of Entre-Deux-Mers and Margaux, in some cases drastically reducing the quantity of the future crop.
Sebastian Payne MW