Bordeaux 2009: My Top 200 A-Z, To Buy or Not to Buy

Updated 8th June. Here are my (GQ) scores for my Top 200 Bordeaux 2009 alongside those of US guru Robert Parker (RP), using the 100 point system, plus Jancis Robinson’s scores out of 20. 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.

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.

The top 130 can be viewed ‘top down’ here.

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
Alter Ego de Palmer Margaux L 91-93 89-92 16.5 2016-2028 £395
Angélus St-Emilion R 94-96 96-100 18- 2020-2040 ££££
Buy d’Angludet Margaux L 89-91 88-91 17 2016-2028 £219
Buy d’Armailhac Pauillac L 91-93 90-93 16.5+ 2020-2035 £330
L’Arrosée St-Emilion R 89-91 92-94 NT 2017-2030 £320
Buy Batailley Pauillac L 90-92 90-92 17 2017-2030 £265
R Beau-Séjour Bécot St-Emilion R 93-95 93-95 16.5 2017-2030 £££
V Beaumont Haut-Médoc L 87-88 NT 16.5 2016-2028 £92
Beaurégard Pomerol R 90-92 88-90 16.5 2017-2030 £310
R Beauséjour Duffau St-Emilion R 94-97 96-98+ 16.5+ 2020-2040 £££
Belair Monange St-Emilion R 90-92 94-96+ 16.5 2020-2030 £££
V Belgrave Haut-Médoc L 90-92 88-90+ 16 2017-2030 £180
V Belle-Vue Haut-Médoc L 88-89 90-92 16.5 2016-2028 £125
R Bellefont Belcier St-Emilion R 91-93 NT 17+ 2016-2028 ££
Buy Berliquet St-Emilion R 91-93 87-89 16 2016-2028 £220
V Bernadotte Haut-Médoc L 88-90 90-92 16 2016-2028 £140
R Beychevelle St-Julien L 90-93 92-94+ 16.5 2018-2035 ££
Blason d’Evangile Pomerol R 90-91 90-92 16.5+ 2015-2027 ££
Bourgneuf Vayron Pomerol R 88-89 86-88 17 2015-2027 ££
Bouscaut Pessac-Léognan L 87-89 NT 16 2017-2030 £180
R Branaire-Ducru St-Julien L 92-95 92-95 16.5+ 2022-2035 £££
Brane-Cantenac Margaux L 90-93 93-95 16 2020-2030 ££
R Calon Ségur St-Estèphe L 92-95 92-94+ 18 2023-2040 £££
V Cambon la Pelouse Haut-Médoc L 88-89 NT 15.5 2016-2028 £120
V Camensac Haut-Médoc L 89-91 NT 16 2018-2028 £170
R Canon St-Emilion R 92-95 93-95 17.5 2020-2035 £££
Canon La Gaffelière St-Emilion R 91-93 94-96 17 2018-2030 ££
Buy Cantemerle Haut-Médoc L 90-92 92-94 15.5 2017-2030 £240
Cantenac Brown Margaux L 90-92 94-96 16 2018-2028 ££
Cap de Mourlin St-Emilion R 88-90 87-89 17- 2016-2027 ££
Carbonnieux Pessac-Léognan L 90-93 89-92 17 2016-2028 £220
R Les Carmes Haut Brion Pessac-Léognan L 92-94 90-92 17.5 2020-2032 £££
R Carruades de Lafite Pauillac L 91-93 92-94+ 17 2018-2028 £££
Buy Certan de May Pomerol R 93-95 93-95 17.5 2020-2035 £720
Certan Marzelle Pomerol R 90-92 91-93 16.5 2020-2030 ££
V Chantegrive Graves L 87-89 87-89 16 2015-2025 £100
La Chapelle de la Mission Pessac-Léognan L 89-91 91-94 17.5 2017-2030 ££
V Chasse-Spleen Moulis L 90-92 90-92 16.5 2018-2030 £195
Cheval Blanc St-Emilion R 97-100 98-100 18.5 2020-2040 £££££
R Le Clarence de Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan L 90-92 90-93 17+ 2018-2028 £££
Clarke Listrac L 86-88 NT 15.5 2018-2028 £
Clerc Milon Pauillac L 91-93 90-92+ 17 2020-2032 £420
R Clinet Pomerol R 94-96 97-100 17 2018-2035 £££
Clos des Jacobins St-Emilion R 90-92 92-94 16.5 2020-2035 ££
Clos du Clocher Pomerol R 91-93 89-91 16.5+ 2018-2028 ££
Clos du Jaugueyron Haut-Médoc L 88-90 88-90 NT 2016-2028 ££
R Clos du Marquis St-Julien L 91-93 91-93 17 2018-2030 ££
R Clos Fourtet St-Emilion R 93-96 95-98 17.5 2018-2035 £££
Clos l’Eglise Pomerol R 92-93 96-100 16.5 2018-2030 £££
Clos St Martin St-Emilion R 91-94 92-94 NT 2018-2030 ££
R La Clotte St-Emilion R 92-93 92-94 NT 2020-2035 ££
La Conseillante Pomerol R 93-95 95-98 17 2018-2030 ££££
Corbin St-Emilion R 89-90 88-90 NT 2017-2030 £200
Cos d’Estournel St-Estèphe L 94-97 98-100 16.5+ 2022-2045 ££££
Cos Labory St-Estephe L 88-90 87-88+ 17 2017-2030 £255
La Couspaude St-Emilion R 89-91 90-92 16 2016-2028 £400
Couvent des Jacobins St-Emilion R 88-89 88-90 NT 2015-2027 ££
R Croix de Beaucaillou St-Julien L 91-93 88-90 16.5 2015-2025 ££
Croizet Bages Pauillac L 88-90 87-89 16.5 2016-2027 £200
La Dame de Montrose St-Estephe L 88-91 91-93 16 2018-2028 ££
Dassault St-Emilion R 91-93 86-88 17+ 2018-2028 £220
Dauzac Margaux L 90-93 88-90 16.5 2020-2035 £270
Desmirail Margaux L 88-90 85-87 17 2017-2026 £215
Destieux St-Emilion R 89-92 91-94 NT 2018-2030 £315
R Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan L 90-92 94-96 17.5+ 2016-2028 ££
R La Dominique St-Emilion R 90-93 92-94 17.5 2018-2030 ££
Ducru Beaucaillou St-Julien L 93-96 96-98 17 2020-2040 ££££
Buy Duhart Milon Pauillac L 93-95 94-96 17.5 2020-2035 £550+
Durfort-Vivens Margaux L 90-92 87-89+ 17 2018-2030 £265
L’Eglise Clinet Pomerol R 94-97 98-100 17.5+ 2020-2035 ££££
R L’Evangile Pomerol R 95-97 96-100 18 2018-2030 ££££
Faurie de Souchard St-Emilion R 88-89 87-89 15.5 2016-2028 ££
Ferrande Graves L 86-88 85-87 16 2016-2025 £
Buy Ferrière Margaux L 90-92 NT 16.5 2018-2030 £230
R de Fieuzal Pessac-Léognan L 91-93 91-93 15.5 2017-2030 ££
Figeac St-Emilion R 90-93 NT 17+ 2016-2028 £££
La Fleur de Boüard Lalande de Pomerol R 88-90 91-93 16.5 2016-2028 ££
Fleur Cardinale St-Emilion R 91-93 90-92 16.5 2016-2028 £270
Buy* La Fleur-Pétrus Pomerol R 94-96 96-98 17+ 2018-2030 £930
Fonreáud Listrac L 85-87 NT 17 2017-2025 £90
Fonroque St-Emilion R 89-90 91-93 16 2017-2030 ££
Les Forts de Latour Pauillac L 91-94 93-95 18 2020-2038 £££
Fourcas Borie Listrac L 87-89 87-88 15.5 2017-2030 £
V Fourcas-Dupré Listrac L 87-89 NT 16 2017-2030 £105
V Fourcas-Hosten Listrac L 87-88+ NT 17 2015-2025 £100
Franc Mayne St-Emilion R 89-90 90-93 16 2016-2028 £260
Fugue de Nenin Pomerol R 87-89 87-88 17 2016-2028 £200
R Gaffelière St-Emilion R 92-95 94-96 15.5 2020-2035 £££
Gazin Pomerol R 91-93 94-96 16.5 2017-2030 £540
V Gironville Haut-Médoc L 88-89 89-91 14.5 2018-2028 £90
Giscours Margaux L 90-92 91-93 16 2016-2028 £430
Goulée Médoc L 89-90 89-91 16.5 2018-2030 £180
Grand Corbin Despagne St-Emilion R 89-91 90-93 16+ 2016-2028 £200
Buy Grand Mayne St-Emilion R 90-93 91-94 16 2018-2030 £260
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
V Grand Village Bordeaux Supérieur R 86-88 88-90 16.5 2018-2030 £120
Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac L 92-94 91-93 17.5 2020-2035 £££
R Grandes Murailles St-Emilion R 91-93 90-93 NT 2020-2035 ££
Greysac Medoc L 87-88 87-88 16.5 2015-2025 £
Buy Gruaud Larose St-Julien L 90-93 92-94+ 16.5 2017-2030 £460
Haut Beauséjour St-Estephe L 88-90 87-89 16 2018-2028 £
V Haut Bergey Pessac-Léognan L 91-92 92-94 16 2020-2032 £230
Haut Corbin St-Emilion R 88-90 87-88 NT 2017-2030 ££
Buy Haut-Bages Libéral Pauillac L 91-93 NT 15.5 2020-2035 £285
R Haut-Bailly (re-tasted) Pessac-Léognan L 93-96 96-98 16.5 2017-2030 £££
Buy Haut-Batailley Pauillac L 91-93 88-90 17.5 2020-2035 £290
Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan L 96-98 98-100 19 2020-2038 £££££
Buy Hosanna Pomerol R 93-95 98-100 17 2018-2030 £1050
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
Lacoste Borie Pauillac L 86-88 NT 16 2016-2028 £
Lafite Rothschild Pauillac L 96-99 98-100 19 2020-2040 £££££
Lafleur Pomerol R 95-97 94-97 18.5 2018-2035 £££££
Lafleur Gazin Pomerol R 88-90 87-89 16.5 2020-2030 ££
Lafon-Rochet St-Estèphe L 90-92 91-93 16.5 2018-2028 £340
R Lagrange St-Julien L 92-94 90-93 17 2017-2030 ££
R La Lagune Haut-Médoc L 93-95 94-96 15 2017-2030 ££
Lalande Borie St-Julien L 87-89 88-90 17 2016-2028 £180
Lamarque Haut-Médoc L 86-88 86-88 16 2016-2025 £
R Langoa Barton St-Julien L 91-93 90-92+ 16.5 2018-2028 ££
Buy Larcis Ducasse St-Emilion R 94-96 91-94 17 2018-2030 £450
Larmande St-Emilion R 89-92 86-88 15.5 2018-2028 ££
Laroque St-Emilion R 87-89 87-88 NT 2017-2030 ££
Laroze St-Emilion R 88-89 86-88 NT 2018-2030 ££
Larrivet Haut Brion Pessac-Léognan L 89-91 91-93 15.5 2020-2030 £220
Lascombes Margaux L 91-93 94-96 16.5 2017-2030 £££
Latour Pauillac L 98-100 98-100 19 2025-2050 £££££
Latour a Pomerol Pomerol R 90-92 92-94 17.5 2017-2026 ££
Latour Martillac Pessac-Léognan L 89-90 90-92 14.5 2016-2027 £210
R Léoville Barton St-Julien L 92-94 93-95+ 17+ 2023-2040 £££
Léoville Las Cases St-Julien L 95-98 96-100 18 2022-2045 ££££
R Léoville Poyferré St-Julien L 93-95 97-100 17.5 2020-2035 £££
La Louvière Pessac-Léognan L 88-90 88-90 16 2018-2030 ££
Lynch Moussas Pauillac L 87-88 88-90 16.5 2015-2027 £240
R Lynch-Bages Pauillac L 94-96 94-96+ 17 2018-2035 £££
Buy Magdelaine St-Emilion R 93-95 92-94+ 16+ 2020-2035 £540
R Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan L 92-95 93-95+ 15.5 2018-2030 ££
R Malescot St-Exupery Margaux L 93-95 95-97 17.5 2020-2035 £££
Château Margaux Margaux L 97-100 98-100 19+ 2022-2045 £££££
Marquis d’Alesme Becker Margaux L 89-91 81-83 NT 2020-2032 ££
Marquis de Terme Margaux L 89-92 89-91 17 2020-2030 ££
Mazeyres Pomerol R 88-90 NT 15.5 2017-2030 £170
R La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan L 95-97 98-100 18 2020-2040 £££££
Monbrison Margaux L 90-92 NT 16 2016-2028 £225
R Montrose St-Estèphe L 96-98 96-100 16.5+ 2025-2050 ££££
Mouton Rothschild Pauillac L 94-97 96-98+ 18.5 2023-2040 £££££
Nenin Pomerol R 89-91 91-93 17.5+ 2017-2030 ££
Olivier Pessac-Léognan L 88-90 88-90+ 16 2018-2028 £200
Les Ormes de Pez St-Estephe L 90-92 88-90 17+ 2016-2028 £240
Les Pagodes de Cos St-Estèphe L 91-93 91-94 15.5 2017-2030 £410
R Palmer Margaux L 96-99 94-96 18 2020-2038 ££££
Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan L 93-95 95-97+ 17 2020-2038 ££££
Pauillac de Latour Pauillac L 90-92 91-93 17 2017-2030 ££
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 Pavillon Rouge Margaux L 92-94 91-93 17 2018-2030 £££
Pensées de Lafleur Pomerol R 91-93 89-91 17.5 2017-2030 £££
Petit Cheval St-Emilion R 91-94 91-93 16.5 2018-2030 £££
La Petite Eglise Pomerol R 88-90 NT 16 2016-2028 ££
Le Petit Lion St-Julien L 86-88 87-89 17 2017-2026 ££
Le Petit Mouton Pauillac L 89-91 90-92 16 2018-2030 £££
Petit Village Pomerol R 92-93 88-90+ 16.5 2020-2032 £££
Pétrus Pomerol R 97-100 96-100 19 2020-2040 £££££
de Pez St-Estephe L 89-91 90-92 16 2016-2025 ££
R Phélan Ségur St-Estephe L 90-92 90-92 17- 2020-2035 ££
V Pibran Pauillac L 89-91 NT 16.5 2017-2026 £195
Pichon Lalande Pauillac L 92-94 96-98 17 2018-2035 £££
R Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac L 95-97 93-95 18 2020-2040 ££££
Picque Caillou Pessac-Léognan L 89-91 85-86 16.5 2018-2030 £
Le Pin Pomerol R 93-95 95-98 18 2020-2035 £££££
v La Pointe Pomerol R 88-90 88-90 17.5 2016-2028 ££
R Pontet-Canet Pauillac L 95-97 97-100 18 2018-2035 ££££
V Potensac Médoc L 89-91+ 89-91 17 2018-2030 £180
Buy Poujeaux Moulis L 90-92 90-93 16 2018-2030 £210
Le Prieuré St-Emilion R 89-91 89-92 15.5 2016-2027 ££
R Prieuré Lichine Margaux L 90-92 91-93 16.5 2016-2028 ££
Providence Pomerol R 93-95 92-95 17- 2018-2030 £700
Rauzan Gassies Margaux L 89-91 89-91 16 2020-2030 £210
R Rauzan-Ségla Margaux L 92-95 92-95 17.5 2020-2040 £££
Ripeau St-Emilion R 89-91 NT 16.5+ 2016-2027 ££
Buy Rouget Pomerol R 91-93 91-93 17 2016-2028 £310
Saint Georges Cote Pavie St-Emilion R 90-92 88-91 16 2018-2030 ££
R Saint Pierre St-Julien L 92-93 94-98 17+ 2020-2035 ££
La Serre St-Emilion R 90-92 88-90 16 2018-2030 £300
Siran Margaux L 89-91 87-88+ 17 2018-2028 £200
R Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan L 93-94 96-98 16+ 2020-2038 £££
Talbot St-Julien L 90-92 92-94 17 2018-2030 ££
Buy du Tertre Margaux L 90-91 90-92 17.5 2016-2028 £260
V La Tour Carnet Haut-Médoc L 90-93 91-93 16.5+ 2020-2035 £230
V La Tour de By Médoc L 87-89 NT 17 2016-2028 £115
La Tour du Pin St-Emilion R 89-91 92-94 16.5 2017-2030 ££
Buy La Tour Figeac St-Emilion R 92-94 91-93 16 2018-2028 £255
Tourelles de Longueville Pauillac L 90-92 NT 16.5 2015-2027 ££
Tronquoy de St Anne St-Estephe L 86-88 87-89 16 2014-2023 £
Tronquoy Lalande St-Estephe L 89-91+ 90-93 16.5+ 2018-2028 £240
R Troplong Mondot St-Emilion R 94-96 94-97 16.5- 2020-2038 ££££
Trotanoy Pomerol R 95-97 97-100 18 2020-2038 ££££
Trottevielle St-Emilion R 89-91 91-93+ 16.5 2016-2028 £££
R Vieux Château Certan Pomerol R 93-96 96-99 18 2020-2038 ££££
Vieux Maillet Pomerol R 88-90 89-91 16.5 2016-2025 ££

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4 thoughts on “Bordeaux 2009: My Top 200 A-Z, To Buy or Not to Buy

  1. Mathew Rose

    Gavin. I agree that Tour de By (a longstanding favourite of mine) is great value and have again ordered some from Tanners. This year they are also offering a special cuvee called Heritage de By (about £240). Have you any knowledge of this one? Apparently they only make 3000 bottles. Thanks, Mathew

    1. Gavin

      No, I don't know it, Mathew. I'm not that keen on one-off special cuvées, which are rare in the Médoc as opposed to many properties on the Right Bank. It's for the simple reason that some of the best plots are excluded from the main Château wine, which surely means that it's slightly inferior than it could have been.

      Personally, I'd buy a case of Chasse Spleen or Poujeaux for £210, or du Tertre at £255, or La Tour Carnet at £230 ish, rather than a special cuvée from Tour de By. Then again, I haven't tasted it. Best regards, Gavin

  2. Mathew Rose

    Appreciate the advice. Tanners are happy for me to switch and so I might do just that.

    Mathew

    1. Gavin

      Glad to help, Mathew. Apologies in advance if Robert Parker scores the Heritage de By 100 pts later on and the price goes through the roof… Yours, Gavin