Bordeaux 2009 En Primeur: Best Buys so Far

It’s all quiet this week during Vinexpo Asia, where the Bordelais are wooing new customers. Here’s a round-up of the Best Buys of Bordeaux 2009 En Primeur so far, in order of my preference.

dsc_0573Of course, the top Pomerols are out of most people’s budgets but I bet the glorious La Fleur-Pétrus (right, yesterday) will set you back a lot more in five years. Meanwhile, Gazin, Providence and Certan de May were all ‘perhaps’ for me at £540, £700 and £700 respectively. Then they sold out.

Rouget is a good value Pomerol, opposite Clos l’Eglise and L’Eglise Clinet. It’s still available for around £310 and although it’s not an investment pick, it will look cheap against other quality Pomerols by the end of the Primeur campaign.

dsc_0625Some budget choices here too. The excellent 2009 du Tertre, far better than their 2008, has sold very well at £260 and Poujeaux for £210 will be delicious in 8 years plus. Don’t disregard Labégorce (now merged with Labégorce Zédé and being blended by Montrose’s former winemaker) just because RP wasn’t that enamoured. Very good for the money at £165 and priced cheaper than the 2005 was, ex-chateau. Speaking of Margaux and Parker, he doesn’t taste Claire Villars’ Ferriére – a third Growth – so it’s often overlooked. Shouldn’t be.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for points-pounds ratio, then Haut Bergey 2009 is an excellent choice at £230. At the cheaper end, you can’t go wrong with Beaumont for under a ton in years like 2005 and 2009 – the 2000 I bought en primeur is just coming round. I’ve also bought some Raymond Lafon from Sauternes – despite not tasting it yet. Small production, 19/20 from Jancis and £265 all seems quite persuasive.

You pays your money, you takes your choice.

GQ RP JR Maturity Buy? Price IB
La Fleur-Pétrus Pomerol R 94-96 96-98 17+ 2018-2030 yes £930
Hosanna Pomerol R 93-95 98-100 17 2018-2030 yes £1050
Duhart Milon Pauillac L 93-95 94-96 17.5 2020-2035 yes £550+
du Tertre Margaux L 90-91 90-92 17.5 2016-2028 yes £260
Rouget Pomerol R 91-93 91-93 17 2016-2028 yes £310
Poujeaux Moulis L 90-92 90-93 16 2018-2030 yes £210
Haut Bergey Pessac-Léognan L 91-92 92-94 16 2020-2032 yes £230
La Tour Carnet Haut-Médoc L 90-93 91-93 16.5+ 2020-2035 yes £230
Ferrière Margaux L 90-92 NT 16.5 2018-2030 yes £230
Batailley Pauillac L 90-92 90-92 17 2017-2030 yes £265
Les Ormes de Pez St-Estephe L 90-92 88-90 17+ 2016-2028 yes £240
Labégorce Margaux L 90-92 85-87 17 2020-2032 yes £165
d’Angludet Margaux L 89-91 88-91 17 2016-2028 yes £219
Grand Pontet St-Emilion R 90-92 91-93 NT 2017-2030 yes £240
Larrivet Haut Brion Pessac-Léognan L 89-91 91-93 15.5 2020-2030 yes £230
La Tour de By Médoc L 87-89 NT 17 2016-2028 yes £115
Beaumont Haut-Médoc L 87-88 NT 16.5 2016-2028 yes £92
Doisy Daëne Barsac SW 92-94 NT 18 2015+ yes £310
Raymond Lafon Sauternes SW NT NT 19 why not £265