Bordeaux 2009: 130 wines, top down, compared to RP and Jancis. A Buyer’s Guide

Updated 8th June. Look away now if you think wine and points don’t go. Here is a top down list of my (GQ) scores alongside those of US guru Robert Parker (RP) – both using the 100 point scale – and Jancis Robinson’s scores out of 20, plus my estimate of anticipated maturity. There are 130 90+ point wines in my book, with 90 meaning outstanding. I tasted all the top wines, except Château Ausone and a few garage/boutique wines from St-Emilion, and Le Gay and Le Bon Pasteur from Pomerol.

dsc_06581It’s fair to say that RP and I agree on many of the top dogs, only he’s given higher points, with a stash of potential 100s (in 2005, he awarded just two wines 100 pts). I think he’s slightly underrated the 2009s from Palmer and Pichon Baron but that’s splitting hairs.

Meanwhile, Jancis has given pretty low marks (some at 15 ‘average’ but all less than 17 ‘superior’) to the highly rated 2009 Montrose, the controversial Cos d’Estournel, both Beauséjours, Pavie Macquin, Magdelaine, Troplong Mondot, La Gaffelière, Clos l’Eglise, Gazin, Smith Haut Lafitte, Haut Bailly, Malartic Lagravière,  La Lagune, Branaire Ducru, Beychevelle, Langoa Barton, Gruaud Larose, Brane Cantenac, Giscours and others –  all lower than Labégorce on 17, which will cost you £165 a case, or even Fonréaud, also 17, from Listrac, for under £100. I like Labégorce (90-92) and Fonréaud’s alright (85-87) but are they better than all the above? It’s a funny old game.

You can view my top 200 A-Z here.

BUY: as prices are released in June 2010, I have noted down the left hand side the wines I would BUY (or BUY* for best buys). Follow me on Twitter for daily Deal or No Deal tips as wines are released.

R: Recommended but the prices are as yet unknown. Many will have to be pre-ordered. Prices in £ are for the UK buyer In Bond (ex-duty and Vat).

V: Value, for affordable drinking. L is for Left Bank, R is for Right.

Price Guide:  £££££ Over €2000 a case of 12, ex duty/VAT

££££ £1000 to £2000, £££ £500 to £1000, ££ £200 to £500 and £ Under £250.

Château Appellation Bank GQ RP JR Maturity Price
Latour Pauillac L 98-100 98-100 19 2025-2050 £££££
Cheval Blanc St-Emilion R 97-100 98-100 18.5 2020-2040 £££££
Château Margaux Margaux L 97-100 98-100 19+ 2022-2045 £££££
Pétrus Pomerol R 97-100 96-100 19 2020-2040 £££££
Lafite Rothschild Pauillac L 96-99 98-100 19 2020-2040 £££££
R Palmer Margaux L 96-99 94-96 18 2020-2038 ££££
Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan L 96-98 98-100 19 2020-2038 £££££
R Montrose St-Estèphe L 96-98 96-100 16.5+ 2025-2050 ££££
Léoville Las Cases St-Julien L 95-98 96-100 18 2022-2045 ££££
R Evangile Pomerol R 95-97 96-100 18 2018-2030 ££££
Lafleur Pomerol R 95-97 94-97 18.5 2018-2035 £££££
R La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan L 95-97 98-100 18 2020-2040 £££££
R Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac L 95-97 93-95 18 2020-2040 ££££
R Pontet-Canet Pauillac L 95-97 97-100 18 2018-2035 ££££
Trotanoy Pomerol R 95-97 97-100 18 2020-2038 ££££
R Beauséjour Duffau St-Emilion R 94-97 96-98+ 16.5+ 2020-2040 £££
Cos d’Estournel St-Estèphe L 94-97 98-100 16.5+ 2022-2045 ££££
L’Eglise Clinet Pomerol R 94-97 98-100 17.5+ 2020-2035 ££££
Mouton Rothschild Pauillac L 94-97 96-98+ 18.5 2023-2040 £££££
Angélus St-Emilion R 94-96 96-100 18- 2020-2040 ££££
R Clinet Pomerol R 94-96 97-100 17 2018-2035 £££
Buy La Fleur-Pétrus Pomerol R 94-96 96-98 17+ 2018-2030 £930
Buy Larcis Ducasse St-Emilion R 94-96 91-94 17 2018-2030 £450
R Lynch-Bages Pauillac L 94-96 94-96+ 17 2018-2035 £££
Pavie St-Emilion R 94-96 96-100 18 2022-2045 ££££
R Pavie-Macquin St-Emilion R 94-96 94-96 16 2020-2035 £££
R Troplong Mondot St-Emilion R 94-96 94-97 16.5- 2020-2038 ££££
R Clos Fourtet St-Emilion R 93-96 95-98 17.5 2018-2035 £££
Ducru Beaucaillou St-Julien L 93-96 96-98 17 2020-2040 ££££
R Vieux Château Certan Pomerol R 93-96 96-99 18 2020-2038 ££££
R Beau-Séjour Bécot St-Emilion R 93-95 93-95 16.5 2017-2030 £££
Certan de May Pomerol R 93-95 93-95 17.5 2020-2035 £720
La Conseillante Pomerol R 93-95 95-98 17 2018-2030 ££££
Buy Duhart Milon Pauillac L 93-95 94-96 17.5 2020-2035 £550+
Buy Hosanna Pomerol R 93-95 98-100 17 2018-2030 £1050
R La Lagune Haut-Médoc L 93-95 94-96 15 2017-2030 ££
R Léoville Poyferré St-Julien L 93-95 97-100 17.5 2020-2035 £££
Buy Magdelaine St-Emilion R 93-95 92-94+ 16+ 2020-2035 £540
R Malescot St-Exupery Margaux L 93-95 95-97 17.5 2020-2035 £££
Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan L 93-95 95-97+ 17 2020-2038 ££££
Le Pin Pomerol R 93-95 95-98 18 2020-2035 £££££
Providence Pomerol R 93-95 92-95 17- 2018-2030 £700
R Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan L 93-94 96-98 16+ 2020-2038 £££
R Branaire-Ducru St-Julien L 92-95 92-95 16.5+ 2022-2035 £££
R Calon Ségur St-Estèphe L 92-95 92-94+ 18 2023-2040 £££
R Canon St-Emilion R 92-95 93-95 17.5 2020-2035 £££
R La Gaffelière St-Emilion R 92-95 94-96 15.5 2020-2035 £££
R Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan L 92-95 93-95+ 15.5 2018-2030 ££
R Rauzan-Ségla Margaux L 92-95 92-95 17.5 2020-2040 £££
R Les Carmes Haut Brion Pessac-Léognan L 92-94 90-92 17.5 2020-2032 £££
Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac L 92-94 91-93 17.5 2020-2035 £££
R Lagrange St-Julien L 92-94 90-93 17 2017-2030 ££
R Léoville Barton St-Julien L 92-94 93-95+ 17+ 2023-2040 £££
R Pavillon Rouge Margaux L 92-94 91-93 17 2018-2030 £££
Pichon Lalande Pauillac L 92-94 96-98 17 2018-2035 £££
Buy La Tour Figeac St-Emilion R 92-94 91-93 16 2018-2028 £255
Clos l’Eglise Pomerol R 92-93 96-100 16.5 2018-2030 £££
R La Clotte St-Emilion R 92-93 92-94 NT 2020-2035 ££
R Saint Pierre St-Julien L 92-93 94-98 17+ 2020-2035 ££
R Petit Village Pomerol R 92-93 88-90+ 16.5 2020-2032 £££
Clos St Martin St-Emilion R 91-94 92-94 NT 2018-2030 ££
Les Forts de Latour Pauillac L 91-94 93-95 18 2020-2038 £££
Haut-Bailly (re-tasted) Pessac-Léognan L 93-96 96-98 16.5 2017-2030 £££
Petit Cheval St-Emilion R 91-94 91-93 16.5 2018-2030 £££
Alter Ego de Palmer Margaux L 91-93 89-92 16.5 2016-2028 £395
Buy d’Armailhac Pauillac L 91-93 90-93 16.5+ 2020-2035 £330
Bellefont Belcier St-Emilion R 91-93 NT 17+ 2016-2028 ££
V Berliquet St-Emilion R 91-93 87-89 16 2016-2028 £220
Canon La Gaffelière St-Emilion R 91-93 94-96 17 2018-2030 ££
R Carruades de Lafite Pauillac L 91-93 92-94+ 17 2018-2028 £££
Clerc Milon Pauillac L 91-93 90-92+ 17 2020-2032 £430
v Clos du Clocher Pomerol R 91-93 89-91 16.5+ 2018-2028 ££
R Clos du Marquis St-Julien L 91-93 91-93 17 2018-2030 ££
v Croix de Beaucaillou St-Julien L 91-93 88-90 16.5 2015-2025 ££
V Dassault St-Emilion R 91-93 86-88 17+ 2018-2028 £220
R de Fieuzal Pessac-Léognan L 91-93 91-93 15.5 2017-2030 ££
Fleur Cardinale St-Emilion R 91-93 90-92 16.5 2016-2028 £270
Gazin Pomerol R 91-93 94-96 16.5 2017-2030 £540
R Grandes Murailles St-Emilion R 91-93 90-93 NT 2020-2035 ££
Buy Haut-Bages Libéral Pauillac L 91-93 NT 15.5 2020-2035 £285
Buy Haut-Batailley Pauillac L 91-93 88-90 17.5 2020-2035 £290
R Langoa Barton St-Julien L 91-93 90-92+ 16.5 2018-2028 ££
Lascombes Margaux L 91-93 94-96 16.5 2017-2030 £££
Les Pagodes de Cos St-Estèphe L 91-93 91-94 15.5 2017-2030 £400
Pensées de Lafleur Pomerol R 91-93 89-91 17.5 2017-2030 £££
Buy Rouget Pomerol R 91-93 91-93 17 2016-2028 £310
V Haut Bergey Pessac-Léognan L 91-92 92-94 16 2020-2032 £230
R Beychevelle St-Julien L 90-93 92-94+ 16.5 2018-2035 ££
R Brane-Cantenac Margaux L 90-93 93-95 16 2020-2030 ££
Carbonnieux Pessac-Léognan L 90-93 89-92 17 2016-2028 £220
Dauzac Margaux L 90-93 88-90 16.5 2020-2035 £270
R La Dominique St-Emilion R 90-93 92-94 17.5 2018-2030 ££
Figeac St-Emilion R 90-93 NT 17+ 2016-2028 £££
Buy Grand Mayne St-Emilion R 90-93 91-94 16 2018-2030 £260
Buy Gruaud Larose St-Julien L 90-93 92-94+ 16.5 2017-2030 £450
V La Tour Carnet Haut-Médoc L 90-93 91-93 16.5+ 2020-2035 £230
Buy Batailley Pauillac L 90-92 90-92 17 2017-2030 £265
V Belgrave Haut-Médoc L 90-92 88-90+ 16 2017-2030 £180
Buy Cantemerle Haut-Médoc L 90-92 92-94 15.5 2017-2030 £240
V Chasse-Spleen Moulis L 90-92 90-92 16.5 2018-2030 £195
R Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan L 90-92 94-96 17.5+ 2016-2028 ££
Beaurégard Pomerol R 90-92 88-90 16.5 2017-2030 £310
Belair Monange St-Emilion R 90-92 94-96+ 16.5 2020-2030 £££
Cantenac Brown Margaux L 90-92 94-96 16 2018-2028 ££
Certan Marzelle Pomerol R 90-92 91-93 16.5 2020-2030 ££
R Le Clarence de Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan L 90-92 90-93 17+ 2018-2028 £££
Clos des Jacobins St-Emilion R 90-92 92-94 16.5 2020-2035 ££
Durfort-Vivens Margaux L 90-92 87-89+ 17 2018-2030 £295
Buy Ferrière Margaux L 90-92 NT 16.5 2018-2030 £230
Giscours Margaux L 90-92 91-93 16 2016-2028 ££
Grand Pontet St-Emilion R 90-92 91-93 NT 2017-2030 £250
Buy Grand Puy Ducasse Pauillac L 90-92 90-93 16.5 2016-2028 £265
d’Issan Margaux L 90-92 93-95 17 2018-2028 ££
Kirwan Margaux L 90-92 90-92 16 2016-2028 ££
V Labégorce Margaux L 90-92 85-87 17 2020-2032 £165
Lafon-Rochet St-Estèphe L 90-92 91-93 16.5 2018-2028 £340
Latour a Pomerol Pomerol R 90-92 92-94 17.5 2017-2026 ££
Monbrison Margaux L 90-92 NT 16 2016-2028 £225
Les Ormes de Pez St-Estephe L 90-92 88-90 17+ 2016-2028 £240
Pauillac de Latour Pauillac L 90-92 91-93 17 2017-2030 ££
Phélan Ségur St-Estephe L 90-92 90-92 17- 2020-2035 ££
Buy Poujeaux Moulis L 90-92 90-93 16 2018-2030 £210
Prieuré Lichine Margaux L 90-92 91-93 16.5 2016-2028 ££
Saint Georges Cote Pavie St-Emilion R 90-92 88-91 16 2018-2030 ££
La Serre St-Emilion R 90-92 88-90 16 2018-2030 £300
Talbot St-Julien L 90-92 92-94 17 2018-2030 ££
Tourelles de Longueville Pauillac L 90-92 NT 16.5 2015-2027 ££
Blason d’Evangile Pomerol R 90-91 90-92 16.5+ 2015-2027 ££
Buy du Tertre Margaux L 90-91 90-92 17.5 2016-2028 £260

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2 thoughts on “Bordeaux 2009: 130 wines, top down, compared to RP and Jancis. A Buyer’s Guide

  1. Dan

    Gavin

    Fabulously useful data. Thanks.

    If you believe (as I do) that the GQ en primeur score is as good a predictor of bottled quality as the RP score, then I guess the best en primeur value is to be found where the GQ score is higher than the PR score. Right?

    Hope the hail stays away from Bauduc this year.

    1. Gavin

      Dan
      Thanks very much. As for your analysis – probably, but the way prices are going, who knows? Follow me on Twitter as each wine is released for a Deal or No Deal tip.