Will the 10-year tastings of Parker’s highest ever scored Bordeaux vintage impact prices?

Peter ShakeshaftLauded by the world’s most influential wine critic as “Unquestionably the greatest Bordeaux vintage I have ever tasted” the 2009 wines are now being tasted at ten years old. Parker rated the quality of the Bordeaux wines in 2009 as fantastic across the region and that it was the finest vintage since 1982, surpassing the previous greats: 1989, 1990, 2000 and 2005. As wine-making standards have improved considerably since 1982, 2009 overall is viewed by Parker as “1982 but greater” – a big statement as the former vintage was the one that launched the renowned critic’s career.

At Parker’s In-Bottle tastings of the 2009 vintage in 2012, he stated that “2009 may well go down as … the single greatest vintage ever produced in Bordeaux since records have been kept. That’s a long time.”

The previous great Bordeaux vintage in 2005 saw only 2 wines achieve the perfect 100 points Parker score. In comparison, the world’s most influential critic at the time awarded eighteen 2009 Bordeaux wines 100 points, eleven wines were rated 99 / 99+ and a further sixteen were graded 98 / 98+. Such prolific brilliance grabbed headlines all over the world and created major demand in the fine wine world which ultimately saw prices for the 2009 and the subsequent near brilliant 2010 vintages hit record levels it will still take time for some wines to recover from. That said canny investors in recent years have bought these wines at discount prices to the market peak that puts them in a great position for future growth as the demand for these perfect Parker scored wines from the currently highest average scored Bordeaux vintage ever.

2009 100 POINT WINES – Robert Parker Jnr (at In-Bottle Tastings in 2012): Latour, Haut Brion, Cos d’Estournel, Ducru Beaucaillou, Leoville Poyferre, Petrus, Le Pin, Pavie, Beausejour Duffau, Belview Mondotte, Clinet, Haut Bailly, Evangile, Mission Haut Brion, La Mondotte, Clos Fourtet, Smith Haut Lafitte, Montrose.Robert Parker Jnr

Vin-X team members attended an industry tasting of the 2009 Bordeaux as it reached its ten year anniversary and even with incredibly high expectations the event did not disappoint – in fact, Head Buyer Martin Pruszynski stated that “It will probably be the best wine tasting I will ever go to with around sixty of the 2009 wines available to taste”.

Of course the first growth wines were all excellent; Latour – noted as the wine of the vintage was the most drinkable of the Big 9 tasted now, Lafite, Mouton Rothschild and Margaux were just superb, as you would expect from such a “deckchair vintage”. Petrus and Le Pin – were just “other worldly” but need a little longer.

Highlight wines for Martin were Angelus – strongly integrated but still with some ageing to do, Pavie which was exceptional and second tier Bordeaux wines – Leoville Poyferre, Leoville Las Cases, Ducru Beaucaillou, Cos d’Estournel and Montrose all outstanding.

Petit Mouton was the best second wine tasted in the Vin-X team’s view and Forts Latour currently the most reluctant of the First Growth associated wines at this stage.

In summary, quality-wise, it looks like 2009 is living up to expectations. Neal Martin, Lisa Perotti-Brown and Jancis Robinson were all in attendance and their scores now expected with great anticipation. The wine market has been cruel to this extraordinary vintage as a result of market dynamics primarily linked to the consumer demand is driven by new Asian entrants to the market taking prices to an unsustainable peak in 2011. Those collectors that have held onto these great wines will no doubt reap dividends over the long term but these 10 year anniversary reviews expected imminently may be a significant milestone in seeing their values more accurately reflecting the quality of this brilliant vintage.

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