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Bordeaux 2009: Best value wines

Steven Spurrier

Haut-Condissas 17 Dense colour and fruit, very classy nose, very good expression of northern Médoc with richness and deep tannins in balance. Drink 2015-25.
Caronne-Sainte-Gemme 16.5 Dense colour, fine cassis and black fruits, smoky, classy nose, lots of depth and good potential complexity, good vineyard wine. Drink 2014-20.
D’Agassac 16.5 Fine fragrant lifted cassis nose, classy modern Cabernet fruit, very good expression of southern Médoc fruit, classy and classic. Drink 2013-18.
Clarke 16 Purple red, nicely concentrated fragrant fruit, quite supple and rich on the palate, good tannins and refreshing acidity, forward fruit but will last well. Drink 2013-18.
Gazin-Rocquencourt 16 Purple red, excellent cassis fruit and good smoky Cabernet Franc lift, fully ripe but elegant and savoury, lovely style, very well made. Drink 2013-17.

James Lawther MW


18.5 Brilliant this year – so satisfying and refined. Has to be the best Canon for a number of years. Certainly no block-buster but pure and silky with length and line. Exquisite. Drink 2016-2040.


17.5 Ripe but poised. Aromatic red fruit (crushed raspberry) aromas, smooth tannic frame, attractive mid-palate fruit and a balancing freshness that is marked. Assured value. Drink 2018-2035.


17 Clearly a distinguished wine. Long, linear, fresh. Elegant bouquet. Finely worked tannins. Drink 2015-2028.
Clos Puy Arnaud 16.5 Beautifully poised and elegant wine. Long and linear in style. Pure, expressive fruit. Fine tannins. Minerally freshness on the finish. Drink 2013-2020.
Moulin Haut-Laroque 16.5 Spicy, lifted red fruit aromas. Palate rich and dense. Firm, ripe tannins. Long fresh finish. Definite ageing potential. Drink 2015-2025.

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