2009 is one the most extraordinary vintages in Bordeaux, its aging potential is comparable to 1982. The conditions of the year produced some very lush and delicious Merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon, particularly in Pomerol, Margaux and Paulliac. If you are interested in the full vintage report, you can view it on Wine Searcher.
Among the few 2009 that I have tasted, the most outstanding were Cos d’Estounel, L’Evangile and Ducru Beaucauillou.
These are generally packed with generous ripe blackcurrants, violet, rosemary, truffles and cigar leaves, quite chalky with big velvety tannins, full body with rather heavy weight on the palates. The heavy weight and generous fruits might make one wonder if these wines are too modern to be Bordeaux, but what I think is, in time these wines will evolve with beautiful balance and extraordinary elegance once the fruits mature. You can also drink now if powerful wine is your reference, they will definitely benefit from at least 2 hours decanting.
Comparing to 2005?
4 years can make a huge difference. 2005 is definitely drinking with more finesse and balance now, there is more tertiary flavours and elegant fruits, medium full body with very silky tannins. However, I do think that 2009 is an even better vintage, especially for aging, as it is well structured with high acidity and sugar level. To drink now, I’ll go for 2005.
Cos d’Estournel, JH95
Ducru Beaucauillou, JH94
Lynch Bages, JH91
Pichon Longueville, Pichon de Lalande, JH91