In an vintage that has seen unprecedented alcohol levels, questions of over-ripeness and debate over consistency across the communes, we detail the best wines from a vintage Steven Spurrier described as "the best of his lifetime."
Bordeaux 2009: Decanter’s wines of the vintage
The list is made up of all the wines that were awarded 19 points or more (out of 20) by our tasting team of Steven Spurrier and James Lawther MW.
It incorporates the best red wines from both right and left banks.Of the 15 wines, 10 are from the left and bank, and five are from the right bank.
We’ve ranked them in score order to see how they compared across both banks.
Bordeaux 2009: The big questions
With an unprecedented amount of coverage and a diverse range of opinions on the vintage, we answer the five biggest questions surrounding 2009 in Bordeaux
Bordeaux 2009: Best value, most improved, and what the experts buy
Best value wines: The wines that, prices permitting, our tasters felt would be priced modestly and provide good value for money as drinking wines.
Most improved: The chateaux that stood out as having upped their games this vintage
What the experts buy: The wines that would grace the cellars of our tasters.
Bordeaux 2009: The Scores
Graves & Pessac-Léognan (red)
Graves & Pessac-Léognan, and others (dry whites)
St Emilion Grands Crus Classés
St Emilion Grands Crus
Fronsac & Canon-Fronsac
Côtes de Castillon & Côtes de Francs
Sauternes & Barsac