2009 Pauillac Bordeaux Wine Tasting Notes, Buying Guide

2009 Bordeaux Wine Vintage Report and Buying Guide with Tasting Notes, Reviews and Ratings and producer comments for the best 2009 Pauillac Bordeaux wines. The 2009 Pauillac wines were tasted in barrel in Bordeaux, June 2010.

2009 Bordeaux Wine Pauillac reviews, ratings and tasting notes from all the top chateaux that produced outstanding 2009 Pauillac wines.

2009 d’Armailhac shows ample fresh blackberry, oak, cassis, and boysenberry notes. The long, ripe finish is concentrated with dark berries. This is the finest wine I have ever tasted from this property. 90/93 Pts

2009 Clerc Milon, with its cassis, oak, caramel, and dark berry scented perfume, is inviting. This full bodied wine ends with boysenberries, cassis, and spice. This lighter style of Pauillac has not always been my favorite because of lack of concentration. 2009 is a big step forward. This is a very nice wine. 91/93 Pts

2009 Grand Puy Lacoste is ruby colored, with an open nose of jammy dark berries, cassis, herbs, and coffee. The wine ends with cassis and black cherry flavors. Although a nice style of Grand Puy Lacoste, the wine lacks the depth and concentration found in the top vintages like 82, 90, 96, 00 & 05. Because Grand Puy Lacoste is difficult to pronounce in Chinese, the wine is known as the “Crocodile Wine” in Asia because of the association with the Lacoste name and the bottle and the logo used by the sportswear company. 91/93 Pts

2009 Haut Batailley is light ruby. Notes of black berry and cedar notes define the perfume. Medium bodied, with a short, albeit ripe, cassis finish. 87/89 Pts

2009 Lafite has an inky, deep ruby color. Cassis, plums, cedar, lead pencil, fennel, coffee, and cedar pop from the glass. The elegantly textured wine melts in your mouth. Its flavors are intense, pure, and supple. The tannins are ripe and round. The wine finishes with exotic plums and chocolate covered dark cherries. 97-99 Pts

2009 Latour is inky black. The exotic nose of dark berries, flowers, coffee, truffle, fudge, boysenberry, anise, vanilla, lead pencil, and assorted berry liqueurs is powerful, complex, and intense. The wine is full bodied, concentrated, and mouth coating. The long, fresh finish is viscous, opulent, and silky. Everything is in harmony with this probably perfect wine. The seamless finish lasts more than a minute. 99/100 Pts

2009 Les Forts de Latour is packed with boysenberry, blackberry, mineral, and chocolate scents. Full bodied and rich, this round textured wine is another second wine that is better than many previous vintages of Latour. 91/93 Pts

2009 Pauillac is wine of sublime quality for a third wine. This crowd pleasing, full bodied wine will drink well early. Not much of this wine is made, but it’s a nice, easy drinking, stylish Pauillac. 88/90 Pts

2009 Lynch Bages is deep ruby. Powerful aromatics of dark raspberry, cassis, cedar, smoke, and jammy berries emerge. This exciting style of Lynch Bages shows round tannins and an ample concentration of flavor. The wine ends with a juicy mouth full of licorice and dark berries. This is the best Lynch Bages since the dynamic duo of 89 & 90. 96/96 Pts

2009 Mouton is inky, with purple and blue tints. Blackberry, cassis, cedar, lead pencil, spice and coffee make a potent perfume. The wine is flamboyant, opulent, and expressive. With refined tannins, this concentrated, silky wine ends with dark fruit and cassis flavors. 96-98 Pts

2009 Pichon Baron is deep ruby, with notes of black raspberry, flowers, spice, mocha, and coffee in the nose. The round textured wine has a fresh finish of elegant dark plums and spicy chocolate. I like the style of the wine, even if it did not afford the power and concentration found in previous great vintages. 93-95 Pts

2009 Pichon Lalande offers blackberry, cassis, chocolate, plum, mocha and coffee scents. The wine is a suave, sexy style of Pichon, which at its best combines elegance with freshness and silky fruit. 96-98 Pts

2009 Pontet Canet is midnight black with blue and purple accents. The aromas of berries, licorice, cassis, spice, and oak explode from the glass. I almost needed a napkin to wipe off the residue because there was so much going on. This packed and stacked, full bodied and concentrated wine is no wall flower. It grabs your attention and keeps it: power, balance, and harmony, with a long intense finish filled with perfectly ripe black and blue fruit, juicy plums, and a liqueur of jammy berries. The flavors go on for more than 60 seconds. This is the best wine Tesseron has ever produced. While expensive for people used to paying $25, it is a wine I will buy. This wine cannot be compared to Tesseron’s earlier efforts. The 2009 Pontet Canet is stunning, 2009 Pauillac that Bordeaux lovers should have in their cellars. 97/98 Pts