Bordeaux 2009: Which communes
James Lawther MW
This is always a more difficult question to answer from a Right Bank perspective than Left (you expect Pauillac and St-Julien to do well as they are composed principally of classed growths).
St-Emilion comprises 5,500 hectares so there’s bound to be more diversity in quality and style.
Overall, though, I think the wines show well particularly those from the classic terroirs of the plateau, côtes and graves.
My early enthusiasm for Pomerol was based on a good showing from the elite (Lafleur, Pétrus, Le Pin, VCC, etc) and progress from some of the ‘second tier’ châteaux like Nénin, Petit-Village, Le Pointe and Vray Croix de Gay.
However, further down the scale the quality is uneven and vintages like 2008 and 2006 could prove more successful.
Castillon has faired well not only thanks to the weather but also because of the investment and winemaking expertise found there.
Fronsac has performed particularly well in 2009.
In my view all the communes on the Left Bank succeeded.
General opinion is that Saint-Julien and Pauillac were the best, but this is so in most years on the Left Bank.
Perhaps there was less balance in Pessac-Leognan than might be expected from a vintage like 2009, but on the other hand Margaux, while retaining its diversity, was more successful than in the past.