The now, world famous wine consultant, Stephane Derenoncourt earned his reputation from working with several of the top Bordeaux wine estates in St. Emilion, located in the Right Bank of Bordeaux. Derenoncourt also works with a myriad of Bordeaux chateaux in the Medoc and Pessac Leognan. His team was quite successful with their 2009 Bordeaux Value Wines.
This article features tasting notes, ratings and reviews for 2009 Bordeaux Value Wines made with the assistance of the Derenoncourt team. All the wines were tasted in bottle and are from the 2009 Bordeaux wine vintage. To read about the wines produced by Stephane Derenoncourt from the Right Bank: www.thewinecellarinsider.com/?p=14750
2009 Chateau Haut Nouchet – This well-priced Pessac Leognan wine from the Stephane Derenoncourt team offers scents of jammy black raspberry, smoke and earth. Medium bodied and soft in texture, this 100% organic Bordeaux wine ends with some hints of green in the cassis filled finish. 87 Pts
2009 Chateau Brown – With a nose of coffee, smoke, blackberry and crème de cassis, this blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot produced a wine offering round textures, soft tannins and a ripe, spicy dark berry and jam filled finish. 89 Pts
2009 Chateau le Thil Comte Clary – A potent nose of fennel, smoke, cassis and ripe dark berries is easy to find. On the palate, this medium/full bodied wine offers opulent, round textures, sweet tannins and supple textures. This wine represents the best value in Pessac Leognan and deserves to be purchased by the case. 90 Pts
2009 Chateau Haut Maurac – This fun, easy to like Bordeaux wine should drink well on release. 84 Pts
2009 Chateau Maison Blanche – Blackberry, earth and cassis fragrances couple with round textures to produce an easy to drink early wine that represents a good value wine from the Medoc in 2009. 87 Pts
2009 Chateau Saint Paul – Situated on gravel and clay soils in the Haut Medoc regions, this outstanding value wine from a blend of 48% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Cabernet Franc along with 8.5% Petit Verdot offers gobs of black fruit, spice, cassis and licorice. This full bodied wine ends with blast of sweet, ripe, round textured, fresh black fruit. This sells for less than $20 a bottle. Wines of this quality and price deserve to be bought by the case! 90 Pts
2009 Chateau Talbot – Deeply colored, with aromas of licorice, cassis, herbs, oak and earth, this charming, full bodied, round textured St. Julien wine is filled with juicy ripe blackberries and cassis. 92 Pts
pleased to see le thil comte clary 09 being mentioned, as the 2010 vintage has been so well received.
Stephen… We’ve been writing tasting and writing about Le Thil since the 2006 vintage. It’s one of the top value Bordeaux wines we know of.
If you are aware of other value Bordeaux wines you think we missed, let me know and we’ll try and taste them. Feel free to add those comments to our Wine Talk Forums. http://thewinecellarinsider.com/forums_new/forumdisplay.php?5-Wine-amp-Food-Talk