Chinese Ox drives demand for 2009 perfect Bordeaux wines

We are on the cusp of the Chinese New Year and many are looking to celebrate the year of the Ox with a great wine from an Oxen vintage. If you are looking for guidance – these years include 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973 and 1961. Bordeaux 2009 is, of course, one of the most revered Prime vintages of the 21st Century– so it’s fabulous to have this as a vintage to choose from to raise your glasses to the Ox on the 12th February. But it’s also one of the most exciting vintages for investors!


Robert Parker Jnr, probably the most influential fine wine critic even today after his retirement in 2019, helped established the Bordeaux 2009 vintage’s global reputation with his critical opinion of the wines. At the time of the 2009 barrel tastings he stated that “for some Medocs and Graves, 2009 may turn out to be the finest vintage I have tasted in 32 years covering Bordeaux.” Two years later on the bottle release of the 2009 wines, he confirmed this view: “2009 is the greatest vintage I have tasted since 1982, of which it is a modern-day version, but greatly improved.”

What stood out at the time, was the number of 2009 wines awarded the perfect 100-point score and these are now considered collectible as there will be no more Parker 100 points awarded. Since release, the top 2009 100-point price performers have delivered growth as high as 187%.

Top Bordeaux 2009 – 100-Point Price Performers:

Beausejour Duffau Lagarosse Parker £850 £2,440 187%
Clos Fourtet Parker £695 £1,950 181%
Smith Haut Lafitte Parker £720 £1,920 167%
Haut-Bailly Parker £870 £1,570 80%
Montrose LPB** £1,225 £2,200 80%
Leoville-Poyferre Parker £900 £1,527 70%
Pontet-Canet LPB £885 £1,500 69%
La Mondotte Parker £2,750 £4,120 50%
Pavie LPB £2,200 £2,950 34%
Troplong Mondot J Dunnuck £1,050 £1,250 19%

Source: Prices quoted (12 x 75cl) 2 February 2021, *Critic to most recently award 100 points,

LPB** – Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate


The first weeks of trade on the fine wine market in 2021 has seen a focus on 2009 wines from Asian buyers who are still loyal to Bordeaux, which accounted for over 70% of their transactions. The 2009 vintage, launched at the height of the China bull-run has held a strong appeal for Chinese collectors and consumers, who have been returning to the market in greater numbers over the last year.

Parker’s 100-point 2009 wines have demonstrated their quality and value but this is set to increase as they become rarer over time. Investors should consider their long-term potential as many are currently well priced for further growth. Contact us now for more information on 0203 384 2262.