The Big Match: Bordeaux 2009 v 2005 – The Buyer’s Guide, Updated as Prices Released.

Updated regularly in June: So the big guns have left it until after the World Cup kicks off before launching their 2009 sales campaign. In the meantime, I’ve been looking at prices and scores against the last vintage of the decade/century/lifetime: 2005. The table below should give you a feel for what the right price should be on 175 leading wines. All things being equal, a 2009 – still in barrel – should be cheaper than the 2005 from the same estate, yet things aren’t always that simple.

dsc_0726The 2009 columns, on the left, are my scores (GQ) and Robert Parker’s, using the 100 point system, Jancis Robinson’s out of 20, and then the price in £ En Primeur from UK merchants. The spaces indicate the wines that have yet to be released, although I’ll keep the list updated.

On the right hand side, I tasted all the top 2005s in bottle (except Château Ausone, sadly) for Wine & Spirit magazine for the December 2007 issue, five months before Robert Parker released his final scores, shown here also. Buyers are dipping back into the market for the 2005s against the more expensive 2009s: there’s a lot of sense in that.

The last two columns show the price En Primeur for the 2005s in June 2006 – during the last World Cup – when the exchange rate was €1.45/£, and the price today. A 2009, at €1.20/£, will be 20% more expensive for UK buyers than the 2005 even if the price ex-Château is unchanged. In fact, the average increase from Châteaux to date is around 20% – bringing many 2009s up to the current level of the 2005s.

In short, compare the scores and the prices of the two vintages. Follow me on Twitter for some recommendations.

Château Appellation GQ 2009 RP 2009 JR 2009 £ EP 2009 GQ 2005 RP 2005 £ EP 2005 £ Now 2005
Alter Ego de Palmer Margaux 91-93 89-92 16.5 £395 91 90 £240 £450
Angélus St-Emilion 94-96 96-100 18- £2350 99 98 £1,450 £2,150
d’Angludet Margaux 89-91 88-91 17 £219 91 90 £150 £200
d’Armailhac Pauillac 91-93 90-93* 16.5+ £330 91 90+ £235 £280
L’Arrosée St-Emilion 89-91 92-94 NT £320 93 93 £255 £375
Batailley Pauillac 90-92 90-92 17 £265 90 91 £180 £320
Beau-Séjour Bécot St-Emilion 93-95 93-95 16.5 £520 93 94 £420 £480
Beaumont Haut-Médoc 87-88 NT 16.5 £92 87 NT £70 £130
Beaurégard Pomerol 90-92 88-90 16.5 £310 90 NT £215 £320
Beauséjour Duffau St-Emilion 94-97 96-98+ 16.5+ £900 92 91 £550 £450
Belair Monange St-Emilion 90-92 94-96+* 16.5 ? 90 87 £330 £400
Belgrave Haut-Médoc 90-92 88-90+* 16 £180 90 89 £135 £200
Belle-Vue Haut-Médoc 88-89 90-92* 16.5 £125 NT 88 £95 £180
Bellefont Belcier St-Emilion 91-93 NT 17+ £252 91 94 £190 £350
Berliquet St-Emilion 91-93 87-89 16 £220 90 NT £190 £276
Bernadotte Haut-Médoc 88-90 90-92* 16 £140 86 NT NA £120
Beychevelle St-Julien 90-93 92-94+ 16.5 £520 91 90 £280 £550
Blason d’Evangile Pomerol 90-91 90-92* 16.5+ ? NT 86 ? £380
Bouscaut P-Léognan 87-89 NT 16 £180 88 NT £135 £240
Branaire-Ducru St-Julien 92-95 92-95 16.5+ £495 95 95 £370 £490
Brane-Cantenac Margaux 90-93 93-95 16 £500 94 94 £300 £410
Calon Ségur St-Estèphe 92-95 92-94+ 18 £600 95 92+ £430 £500
Camensac Haut-Médoc 89-91 NT 16 £170 88 NT £120 £200
Canon St-Emilion 92-95 93-95 17.5 £995 91 90+ £500 £550
Canon La Gaffelière St-Emilion 91-93 94-96 17 £695 95 94 £500 £550
Cantemerle Haut-Médoc 90-92 92-94* 15.5 £240 90 90 £160 £190
Cantenac Brown Margaux 90-92 94-96* 16 £395 89 87+? £210 £285
Carbonnieux P-Léognan 90-93 89-92* 17 £225 90 91 £170 £295
Les Carmes Haut Brion P-Léognan 92-94 90-92 17.5 £440 91 92 £344 £480
Carruades de Lafite Pauillac 91-93 92-94+* 17 £800+ 91 89 £380 £2,400
Certan de May Pomerol 93-95 93-95 17.5 £720 NT 92 £500 £590
Certan Marzelle Pomerol 90-92 91-93 16.5 £425 89 89 £350 £470
Chantegrive Graves 87-89 87-89 16 £100 83 NT £85 £130
La Chapelle de la Mission P-Léognan 89-91 91-94* 17.5 £695 89 91 £240 £425
Chasse-Spleen Moulis 90-92 90-92 16.5 £195 88 88 £153 £205
Cheval Blanc St-Emilion 97-100 98-100 18.5 £7990 99 96 £4,700 £5,250
Le Clarence de Haut-Brion P-Léognan 90-92 90-93* 17+ £1000 NA NA NA NA
Clerc Milon Pauillac 91-93 90-92+ 17 £420 93 92 £270 £380
Clinet Pomerol 94-96 97-100* 17 £820 94 92 £550 £600
Clos des Jacobins St-Emilion 90-92 92-94* 16.5 £250 90 91 £212 £350
Clos du Clocher Pomerol 91-93 89-91 16.5+ £260 90 89 £189 £350
Clos du Marquis St-Julien 91-93 91-93 17 £375 91 91 £275 £350
Clos Fourtet St-Emilion 93-96 95-98 17.5 £700 95 98 £430 £900
Clos l’Eglise Pomerol 92-93 96-100* 16.5 £1500 95 96 £660 £1,000
Clos St Martin St-Emilion 91-94 92-94+ NT £500 96 98 £350 £1,300
La Clotte St-Emilion 92-93 92-94 NT £335 93 93 £260 £360
La Conseillante Pomerol 93-95 95-98 17 £1500 95 96 £725 £1,400
Cos d’Estournel St-Estèphe 94-97 98-100* 16.5+ £2350 97 98 £1,120 £1,350
Cos Labory St-Estèphe 88-90 87-88+ 17 £255 90 89+ £175 £250
La Couspaude St-Emilion 89-91 90-92 16 £400 89 NT £370 £420
Croix de Beaucaillou St-Julien 91-93 88-90 16.5 £300 91 91 £170 £300
Croizet Bages Pauillac 88-90 87-89 16.5 £200 85 86 £140 £200
La Dame de Montrose St-Estèphe 88-91 91-93* 16 £360 89 88 £160 £250
Dauzac Margaux 90-93 88-90 16.5 £270 91 91 £200 £275
Desmirail Margaux 88-90 85-87 17 £215 86 NT £145 £240
Destieux St-Emilion 89-92 91-94* NT £315 93 93 £220 £330
Domaine de Chevalier P-Léognan 90-92 94-96* 17.5+ £540 91 92 £290 £395
La Dominique St-Emilion 90-93 92-94 17.5 £330 90 90 £240 £250
Ducru Beaucaillou St-Julien 93-96 96-98 17 £2000 96 97 £980 £1,250
Duhart Milon Pauillac 93-95 94-96* 17.5 £540 91 94 £240 £630
Durfort-Vivens Margaux 90-92 87-89+ 17 £290 90 NT £210 £260
L’Eglise Clinet Pomerol 94-97 98-100 17.5+ £3500 97 100 £1,300 £4,350
L’Evangile Pomerol 95-97 96-100* 18 £2100 97 95 £1,100 £1,800
Ferrière Margaux 90-92 NT 16.5 £240 91 NT £175 £295
de Fieuzal P-Léognan 91-93 91-93+* 15.5 £260 88 90 £160 £220
Figeac St-Emilion 90-93 NT 17+ £1750 92 90 £650 £700
Fleur Cardinale St-Emilion 91-93 90-92 16.5 £270 94 95 £200 £400
La Fleur de Boüard Lal Pomerol 88-90 91-93 16.5 £235 90 89 £195 £240
La Fleur-Pétrus Pomerol 94-96 96-98+* 17+ £930 93 93 £550 £1,350
Fonreáud Listrac 85-87 NT 17 £90 85 NT ? £130
Fonroque St-Emilion 89-90 91-93* 16 £225 88 90 ? £240
Les Forts de Latour Pauillac 91-94 93-95* 18 £1100 93 92 £650 £1,300
Fourcas Borie Listrac 87-89 87-88 15.5 ? NA NA NA NA
Fourcas-Dupré Listrac 87-89 NT 16 £110 87 NT £75 £125
Fourcas-Hosten Listrac 87-88+ NT 17 £110 86 NT £75 £110
Franc Mayne St-Emilion 89-90 90-93* 16 £260 91 91 £180 £275
La Gaffelière St-Emilion 92-95 94-96 15.5 £695 94 96 £400 £605
Gazin Pomerol 91-93 94-96* 16.5 £540 92 94 £320 £480
Gironville Haut-Médoc 88-89 89-91* 14.5 £90 87 88 £65 £120
Giscours Margaux 90-92 91-93* 16 £430 93 91 £330 £395
Goulée Médoc 89-90 89-91 16.5 £180 NT 89 £140 £155
Grand Corbin Despagne St-Emilion 89-91 90-93 16+ £200 90 90+ £135 £200
Grand Mayne St-Emilion 90-93 91-94 16 £260 91 93 £250 £317
Grand Pontet St-Emilion 90-92 91-93 NT £250 91 93 £210 £295
Grand Puy Ducasse Pauillac 90-92 90-93* 16.5 £265 89 91 £165 £280
Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac 92-94 91-93 17.5 £575 93 95 £430 £650
Les Grandes Murailles St-Emilion 91-93 90-93 NT £420 91 91 £250 £420
Gruaud Larose St-Julien 90-93 92-94+ 16.5 £470 92 89? £330 £384
Haut Bergey P-Léognan 91-92 92-94 16 £230 90 92 £160 £215
Haut-Bages Libéral Pauillac 91-93 NT 15.5 £285 90 90 £200 £265
Haut-Bailly P-Léognan 94-96 96-98+* 16.5 £920 94 95 £420 £630
Haut-Batailley Pauillac 91-93 88-90 17.5 £290 91 89 £215 £250
Haut-Brion P-Léognan 96-98 98-100 19 £8000 98 98 £3,000 £6,000
Hosanna Pomerol 93-95 98-100* 17 £1050 94 95 £590 £1,200
d’Issan Margaux 90-92 93-95 17 £475 94 95 £300 £530
Kirwan Margaux 90-92 90-92 16 £390 92 92+ £300 £400
La Lagune Haut-Médoc 93-95 94-96 15 £395 94 95 £260 £500
Labégorce Margaux 90-92 85-87 17 £165 88 NT £160 £180
Lafite Rothschild Pauillac 96-99 98-100 19 £10000 98 96+ £3,750 £10,500
Lafleur Pomerol 95-97 94-97 18.5 96 95+ £6,000 £9,500
Lafon-Rochet St-Estèphe 90-92 91-93* 16.5 £340 91 90 £215 £280
Lagrange St-Julien 92-94 90-93 17 £400 93 91? £275 £370
Lalande Borie St-Julien 87-89 88-90* 17 £180 89 90 £120 £152
Langoa Barton St-Julien 91-93 90-92+ 16.5 £470 91 90? £390 £390
Larcis Ducasse St-Emilion 94-96 91-94 17 £480 97 98 £670 £1,050
Larrivet Haut Brion P-Léognan 89-91 91-93* 15.5 £220 91 90 £165 £220
Lascombes Margaux 91-93 94-96 16.5 £650 93 95 £420 £520
Latour Pauillac 98-100 98-100 19 £10000 100 96 £4,500 £9,000
Latour a Pomerol Pomerol 90-92 92-94* 17.5 ? 89 90 ? £480
Latour Martillac P-Léognan 89-90 90-92* 14.5 £210 89 89 £151 £250
Léoville Barton St-Julien 92-94 93-95+ 17+ £750 96 94? £470 £750
Léoville Las Cases St-Julien 95-98 96-100 18 £2450 98 98 £1,630 £1,950
Léoville Poyferré St-Julien 93-95 97-100* 17.5 £860 96 93 £450 £650
La Louvière P-Léognan 88-90 88-90 16 £170 88 87 NA £165
Lynch Moussas Pauillac 87-88 88-90 16.5 £240 87 88 £170 £220
Lynch-Bages Pauillac 94-96 94-96+ 17 £900 93 91 £470 £800
Magdelaine St-Emilion 93-95 92-94+ 16+ £540 90 90 £350 £400
Malartic-Lagravière P-Léognan 92-95 93-95+* 15.5 £410 93 92 £250 £300
Malescot St-Exupery Margaux 93-95 95-97 17.5 £670 93 97 £355 £850
Château Margaux Margaux 97-100 98-100 19+ £8800 99 98+ £4,500 £7,800
Marquis de Terme Margaux 89-92 89-91* 17 £240 90 88 £210 £260
La Mission Haut-Brion P-Léognan 95-97 98-100 18 £6200 99 97 £1,950 £4,600
Monbrison Margaux 90-92 NT 16 £225 89 NT £160 £220
Montrose St-Estèphe 96-98 96-100* 16.5+ £1280 93 95 £630 £820
Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 94-97 96-98+ 18.5 £7800 95 96 £3,350 £5,200
Nenin Pomerol 89-91 91-93* 17.5+ £450 90 90 £355 £360
Olivier P-Léognan 88-90 88-90+ 16 £200 89 NT £160 £200
Les Ormes de Pez St-Estephe 90-92 88-90 17+ £240 88 86 £165 £235
Les Pagodes de Cos St-Estèphe 91-93 91-94* 15.5 £400 91 90 £200 £295
Palmer Margaux 96-99 94-96 18 £2500 98 97 £1,370 £1,850
Pape Clément P-Léognan 93-95 95-97+ 17 £1100 97 98 £850 £1,100
Pauillac de Latour Pauillac 90-92 91-93* 17 89 89 ? £580
Pavie St-Emilion 94-96 96-100 18 £2200 98 98+ £1,800 £2,500
Pavie-Macquin St-Emilion 94-96 94-96+ 16 £780 98 98 £450 £1,100
Pavillon Rouge Margaux 92-94 91-93 17 94 NT £350 £650
Pensées de Lafleur Pomerol 91-93 89-91 17.5 91 NT £720 £900
Le Petit Cheval St-Emilion 91-94 91-93 16.5 £1250 91 89 £700 £800
Le Petit Lion St-Julien 86-88 87-89 17 NA NA NA NA
Le Petit Mouton Pauillac 89-91 90-92* 16 £700 92 88 £420 £825
Petit Village Pomerol 92-93 88-90+ 16.5 £400 90 87 £285 £360
Pétrus Pomerol 97-100 96-100 19 100 96+ £12,000 £26,000
de Pez St-Estèphe 89-91 90-92* 16 ? 88 NT £140 £300
Phélan Ségur St-Estèphe 90-92 90-92 17- £250 90 89 £200 £276
Pibran Pauillac 89-91 NT 16.5 £215 90 NT £150 £260
Pichon Lalande Pauillac 92-94 96-98 17 £1500 91 86 £780 £750
Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac 95-97 93-95 18 £1000 95 94 £725 £795
Picque Caillou P-Léognan 89-91 85-86 16.5 £140 88 NT £95 £185
Le Pin Pomerol 93-95 95-98 18 96 93 £9,000 £18,500
La Pointe Pomerol 88-90 88-90 17.5 £255 88 86 ? £240
Pontet-Canet Pauillac 95-97 97-100 18 £900+ 96 96+ £460 £760
Potensac Médoc 89-91+ 89-91* 17 £175 89 NT £130 £180
Poujeaux Moulis 90-92 90-93* 16 £210 90 89 £150 £240
Le Prieuré St-Emilion 89-91 89-92 15.5 £280 NT 86 ? £210
Prieuré Lichine Margaux 90-92 91-93 16.5 £350 91 92 £240 £300
La Providence Pomerol 93-95 92-95* 17- £700 91 90 £450 NA
Rauzan Gassies Margaux 89-91 89-91 16 £210 89 92 £225 £290
Rauzan-Ségla Margaux 92-95 92-95 17.5 £695 93 94+ £480 £700
Rouget Pomerol 91-93 91-93* 17 £310 90 90 £210 £280
Saint Georges Cote Pavie St-Emilion 90-92 88-91* 16 £230 90 NT ? £280
Saint Pierre St-Julien 92-93 94-98* 17+ £535 94 93 £300 £375
Smith Haut Lafitte P-Léognan 93-94 96-98+* 16+ £725 94 95 £375 £520
Talbot St-Julien 90-92 92-94 17 £400 90 90 £280 £400
du Tertre Margaux 90-91 90-92 17.5 £260 90 90 £210 £265
La Tour Carnet Haut-Médoc 90-93 91-93* 16.5+ £230 91 91 £180 £280
La Tour de By Médoc 87-89 NT 17 £115 86 NT £80 £180
La Tour du Pin St-Emilion 89-91 92-94* 16.5 £290 NT NT ? £320
La Tour Figeac St-Emilion 92-94 91-93 16 £245 92 91 £200 £340
Tourelles de Longueville Pauillac 90-92 NT 16.5 90 NT NA £245
Tronquoy Lalande St-Estèphe 89-91+ 90-93* 16.5+ £240 NT 89 NA £240
Troplong Mondot St-Emilion 94-96 94-97 16.5- £1080 95-97 99 £850 £2,000
Trotanoy Pomerol 95-97 97-100* 18 93 95 £900 £1,400
Trottevielle St-Emilion 89-91 91-93+ 16.5 94 92 £550 ?
Vieux Château Certan Pomerol 93-96 96-99* 18 95 95 £980 £1,050
Vieux Maillet Pomerol 88-90 89-91* 16.5 £240 90 NT £180 £250

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