Welcome to Bordeaux 2009 coverage on Decanter.com

[Quick links:]
Replay the Bordeaux 2009 prices webcast
Prices as they were released
Decanter’s wines of the vintage
Bordeaux 2009: The big questions
Best value, most improved, and what the experts buy

The Wines: All the tasting notes, commune by commune

  • Bordeaux 2009: Calls for restraint as prices predicted to return to 2005 levels
  • Chateau Phelan Segur sells vineyards to Montrose
  • En Primeur second day: 2005 comparisons persist
  • Sauternes 2009: ‘a great vintage’
  • Bordeaux 2009: high praise and notes of caution
  • En Primeur 2009: silky tannins and generous fruit on the right bank
  • Bordeaux 2009: will hype translate into sales?
  • Bordeaux launches new carbon reduction system
  • The Sampler to offer Bordeaux 2009 public tastings
  • Chateau Léoville Las Cases announces second wine
  • Bordeaux first growths in demand for Chinese New Year, Far East tipped for en primeur surge
  • Gary Vaynerchuk: ‘US should stay away from Bordeaux 2009’
  • Pomerol producers take protest to court
  • New Cru Bourgeois label signed and sealed
  • Bordeaux is in crisis: Chadronnier
  • Labégorce Zédé disappears
  • American belief in en primeur ‘shaken and probably destroyed’
  • 2009 grapes ‘best for 25 years’
  • Bordeaux 2009: Winemakers keen to live up to hype
  • Lasers to overtake manual sorting in hi-tech Bordeaux
  • Château Angélus destems grapes by hand
  • Vintners caution against over-extraction during 2009 harvest
  • Bordeaux welcomes rains amid concerns about alcohol levels
  • Carruades de Lafite set to overtake first growths?
  • Bordeaux 2009 harvest kicks off
  • Bordeaux: 2009 could be the next 2005

    What the press says

  • A lot has already been written about Bordeaux 2009, but is it just hype? We assess the best, and worst, of the coverage so far. More…
  • What the merchants say

  • They’ve been quick to praise the vintage, and are already vocal on pricing. Stuart Peskett asks just how much merchants across the world are banking on the success of 2009. More…
  • Stephen Brook’s Bordeaux 2009 blog

    En primeur 2009: Day 1
    En primeur 2009: Day 2
    En primeur 2009: Day 3
    En primeur 2009: Day 4
    En primeur 2009: Day 5
    En primeur 2009: Day 6

    The Decanter Team

    Steven Spurrier, Decanter’s consultant editor, is widely acknowledged as the finest taster of his generation and writes a monthly column for Decanter. Spurrier is the author of several books on wine including The Clarke-Spurrier Guide to Fine Wine.

    James Lawther is a contributing editor to Decanter and is regional chair for Bordeaux at the Decanter World Wine Awards. He is the author of the Bordeaux Wine Companion and the Bordeaux section of the Global Encyclopedia of Wine.

    Michel Bettane is a regular contributor to Decanter, and was a writer for La Revue du vin de France for 20 years. He is the publisher of Le Classement des Meilleurs Vins de France.With Steven Spurrier, James Lawther and Michel Bettane we have some of the most experienced palates in the world tasting and assessing Bordeaux 2009.

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