Bordeaux 2009: my Top 150

I tasted all the top 2009 red wines from Bordeaux in late March and earlier this month, with the exception of Château Ausone. I didn’ t taste any of the so-called garage wines from St-Emilion*, so this list represents – in my humble opinion – nearly all that is worth considering as an en primeur investment.

As it happens, the random figure of 150 relates to all those wines which should have an ‘outstanding’ rating of 90 points or more when bottled next year. In separate articles, I’ll list a few potentially ‘good value’ buys, and the best dry and sweet white wines.

Of course, a list like this has its shortcomings, so I’ve tried to include relevant information – the name of the Château, the appellation,  L or R for Left or Right Bank, my score out of 100 (for me, like Robert Parker, I always think in terms of a small ‘spread’ when the wine is still in barrel) and the maturity date for when I consider that each wine will be at its best for drinking.

There’s also the likely cost when prices are released by the Châteaux to merchants in May and June. Finally, there’s an asterisk for those wines which may offer relative value. Note that we do not sell any of these wines.

The list can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet here

The rough price guide is as follows:

€€€€€ Over €2000 or £2000 a case of 12 to the consumer, ex duty/VAT

€€€€ £1000 to £2000, €€€ £500 to £1000, €€ £200 to £500 and € Under £200

Château Appellation Bank GQ score Maturity Price Value?
Latour Pauillac L 98-100 2025-2050 €€€€€
Margaux Margaux L 97-100 2022-2045 €€€€€
Cheval Blanc St-Emilion R 97-100 2020-2040 €€€€€
Pétrus Pomerol R 97-100 2020-2040 €€€€€
Lafite Rothschild Pauillac L 96-99 2020-2040 €€€€€
Palmer Margaux L 96-99 2020-2038 €€€€
Montrose St-Estèphe L 96-98 2025-2050 €€€ *
Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan L 96-98 2020-2038 €€€€€
Léoville Las Cases St-Julien L 95-98 2022-2045 €€€€
La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan L 95-97 2020-2040 €€€€
Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac L 95-97 2020-2040 €€€ *
Pontet-Canet Pauillac L 95-97 2018-2035 €€€ *
Lafleur Pomerol R 95-97 2018-2035 €€€€€
L’Evangile Pomerol R 95-97 2018-2030 €€€€
Trotanoy Pomerol R 95-97 2020-2038 €€€€
Cos d’Estournel St-Estèphe L 94-97 2022-2045 €€€€
Mouton Rothschild Pauillac L 94-97 2023-2040 €€€€€
L’ Eglise Clinet Pomerol R 94-97 2020-2035 €€€€
Beauséjour Duffau St-Emilion R 94-97 2020-2040 €€€ *
Pavie St-Emilion R 94-96 2022-2045 €€€€
Angélus St-Emilion R 94-96 2020-2040 €€€€
Troplong Mondot St-Emilion R 94-96 2020-2038 €€€+ *
Pavie-Macquin St-Emilion R 94-96 2020-2035 €€€ *
Lynch-Bages Pauillac L 94-96 2018-2035 €€€ *
Larcis Ducasse St-Emilion R 94-96 2018-2030 €€€ *
La Fleur-Pétrus Pomerol R 94-96 2018-2030 €€€€ *
Clinet Pomerol R 94-96 2018-2035 €€€ *
Ducru Beaucaillou St-Julien L 93-96 2020-2040 €€€€
Clos Fourtet St-Emilion R 93-96 2018-2035 €€€ *
Vieux Château Certan Pomerol R 93-96 2020-2038 €€€€ *
Le Pin Pomerol R 93-95 2020-2035 €€€€€
Léoville Poyferré St-Julien L 93-95 2020-2035 €€€
La Conseillante Pomerol R 93-95 2018-2030 €€€€
Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan L 93-95 2020-2038 €€€€
Malescot St-Exupery Margaux L 93-95 2020-2035 €€€ *
Hosanna Pomerol R 93-95 2018-2030 €€€
Beau-Séjour Bécot St-Emilion R 93-95 2017-2030 €€€ *
La Lagune Haut-Médoc L 93-95 2017-2030 €€ *
Certan de May Pomerol R 93-95 2020-2035 €€€
Duhart Milon Pauillac L 93-95 2020-2035 €€€ *
Magdelaine St-Emilion R 93-95 2020-2035 €€€ *
Providence Pomerol R 93-95 2018-2030 €€€
Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan L 93-94 2020-2038 €€€
Calon Ségur St-Estèphe L 92-95 2023-2040 €€€ *
Branaire-Ducru St-Julien L 92-95 2022-2035 €€ *
Rauzan-Ségla Margaux L 92-95 2020-2040 €€€ *
Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan L 92-95 2018-2030 €€ *
Canon St-Emilion R 92-95 2020-2035 €€€
La Gaffelière St-Emilion R 92-95 2020-2035 €€€
Pichon Lalande Pauillac L 92-94 2018-2035 €€€
Léoville Barton St-Julien L 92-94 2023-2040 €€€
Pavillon Rouge Margaux L 92-94 2018-2030 €€€
La Tour Figeac St-Emilion R 92-94 2018-2028 €€ *
Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac L 92-94 2020-2035 €€€
Lagrange St-Julien L 92-94 2017-2030 €€ *
Les Carmes Haut Brion Pessac-Léognan L 92-94 2020-2032 €€€
Clos l’Eglise Pomerol R 92-93 2018-2030 €€€
La Clotte St-Emilion R 92-93 2020-2035 €€ *
Saint Pierre St-Julien L 92-93 2020-2035 €€
Petit Village Pomerol R 92-93 2020-2032 €€€
Les Forts de Latour Pauillac L 91-94 2020-2038 €€€
Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan L 91-94 2017-2030 €€€
Petit Cheval St-Emilion R 91-94 2018-2030 €€€
Clos St Martin St-Emilion R 91-94 2018-2030 €€ *
Gazin Pomerol R 91-93 2017-2030 €€
Lascombes Margaux L 91-93 2017-2030 €€€
Canon La Gaffelière St-Emilion R 91-93 2018-2030 €€
Carruades de Lafite Pauillac L 91-93 2018-2028 €€€
Clerc Milon Pauillac L 91-93 2020-2032 €€
Langoa Barton St-Julien L 91-93 2018-2028 €€ *
Haut-Bages Libéral Pauillac L 91-93 2020-2035 €€ *
Haut-Batailley Pauillac L 91-93 2020-2035 €€
Fleur Cardinale St-Emilion R 91-93 2016-2028 €€
Clos du Marquis St-Julien L 91-93 2018-2030 €€
Rouget Pomerol R 91-93 2016-2028 €€
Croix de Beaucaillou St-Julien L 91-93 2015-2025 €€ *
d’Armailhac Pauillac L 91-93 2020-2035 €€
Les Pagodes de Cos St-Estèphe L 91-93 2017-2030 €€ *
Dassault St-Emilion R 91-93 2018-2028 €€
Clos du Clocher Pomerol R 91-93 2018-2028 €€
Grandes Murailles St-Emilion R 91-93 2020-2035 €€
Berliquet St-Emilion R 91-93 2016-2028 €€
Pensées de Lafleur Pomerol R 91-93 2017-2030 €€€
de Fieuzal Pessac-Léognan L 91-93 2017-2030 *
Alter Ego de Palmer Margaux L 91-93 2016-2028 €€€
Bellefont Belcier St-Emilion R 91-93 2016-2028 €€ *
Haut Bergey Pessac-Léognan L 91-92 2020-2032 *
Gruaud Larose St-Julien L 90-93 2017-2030 €€€
Brane-Cantenac Margaux L 90-93 2020-2030 €€
Grand Mayne St-Emilion R 90-93 2018-2030 €€
La Tour Carnet Haut-Médoc L 90-93 2020-2035 €€
Figeac St-Emilion R 90-93 2016-2028 €€€
Dauzac Margaux L 90-93 2020-2035 €€
Carbonnieux Pessac-Léognan L 90-93 2016-2028 €€
Beychevelle St-Julien L 90-93 2018-2035 €€
La Dominique St-Emilion R 90-93 2018-2030 €€
La Serre St-Emilion R 90-92 2018-2030 €€
Beauregard Pomerol R 90-92 2017-2030 €€
Talbot St-Julien L 90-92 2018-2030 €€
Issan Margaux L 90-92 2018-2028 €€
Lafon-Rochet St-Estèphe L 90-92 2018-2028 €€
Kirwan Margaux L 90-92 2016-2028 €€
Giscours Margaux L 90-92 2016-2028 €€
Le Clarence de Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan L 90-92 2018-2028 €€€
Prieuré Lichine Margaux L 90-92 2016-2028 €€
Durfort-Vivens Margaux L 90-92 2018-2030 €€
Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan L 90-92 2016-2028 €€
Cantenac Brown Margaux L 90-92 2018-2028 €€
Monbrison Margaux L 90-92 2016-2028
Ferrière Margaux L 90-92 2018-2030 €€
Batailley Pauillac L 90-92 2017-2030 €€
Grand Puy Ducasse Pauillac L 90-92 2016-2028 €€
Cantemerle Haut-Médoc L 90-92 2017-2030 *
Belgrave Haut-Médoc L 90-92 2017-2030 *
Poujeaux Moulis L 90-92 2018-2030 *
Les Ormes de Pez St-Estephe L 90-92 2016-2028 €€
Phélan Ségur St-Estephe L 90-92 2020-2035 €€
Grand Pontet St-Emilion R 90-92 2017-2030 €€
Clos des Jacobins St-Emilion R 90-92 2020-2035 €€
Belair Monange St-Emilion R 90-92 2020-2030 €€€
Certan Marzelle Pomerol R 90-92 2020-2030 €€
Latour a Pomerol Pomerol R 90-92 2017-2026 €€
Chasse-Spleen Moulis L 90-92 2018-2030 *
Labégorce Margaux L 90-92 2020-2032 *
Saint Georges Cote Pavie St-Emilion R 90-92 2018-2030 €€
Pauillac de Latour Pauillac L 90-92 2017-2030 €€
Tourelles de Longueville Pauillac L 90-92 2015-2027 €€
du Tertre Margaux L 90-91 2016-2028 €€
Blason d’Evangile Pomerol R 90-91 2015-2027 €€
Larmande St-Emilion R 89-92 2018-2028 €€
Destieux St-Emilion R 89-92 2018-2030 €€
Marquis de Terme Margaux L 89-92 2020-2030 €€
Potensac Médoc L 89-91+ 2018-2030 *
Tronquoy Lalande St-Estephe L 89-91+ 2018-2028 €€ *
La Couspaude St-Emilion R 89-91 2016-2028 €€
d’Angludet Margaux L 89-91 2016-2028 €€
Siran Margaux L 89-91 2018-2028 €€
Picque Caillou Pessac-Léognan L 89-91 2018-2030 *
Grand Corbin Despagne St-Emilion R 89-91 2016-2028 *
Le Prieuré St-Emilion R 89-91 2016-2027 €€
La Tour du Pin Figeac St-Emilion R 89-91 2017-2030 €€
Nenin Pomerol R 89-91 2017-2030 €€
Larrivet Haut Brion Pessac-Léognan L 89-91 2020-2030 €€
Marquis d’Alesme Becker Margaux L 89-91 2020-2032 €€
Rauzan Gassies Margaux L 89-91 2020-2030 €€
Camensac Haut-Médoc L 89-91 2018-2028 *
Ripeau St-Emilion R 89-91 2016-2027 €€
de Pez St-Estephe L 89-91 2016-2025 €€
Pibran Pauillac L 89-91 2017-2026 *
Petit Mouton Pauillac L 89-91 2018-2030 €€€

* Still to be tasted are Le Gay, La Violette and Le Bon Pasteur from Pomerol, garage wines like Valandraud and Gracia from St-Emilion, and the boutique wines – like Le Dôme – from our good friend Jonathan Maltus at Château Teyssier.

2 thoughts on “Bordeaux 2009: my Top 150

  1. Dan

    Hi Gav,

    Useful stuff – I picked up soem L'evangile after you you raved about it (2008) which means I can get my hands on some 09 – what do you think?

    Dan

    1. Gavin

      Hi Dan

      Good move on the l'Evangile. Go for the 2009 for sure – it's lovely. It'll be expensive but worth it. Also, the Blason de l'Evangile is a superb second wine, for earlier drinking. Since 2005, they have been making some of the most delicious wine in Bordeaux from one of Pomerol's top spots. Carruades de Lafite may be the top performing wine on the secondary market, thanks to the Chinese interest, but L'Evangile is in the same Lafite-Rothschild stable (albeit from Pomerol, not Pauillac) and a far, far greater wine.