2009 Bordeaux masterclass with the Ultimo Wine Centre

Some of the 180 bottles bagged-up and poured to 100 tasters at Ultimo Wine Centre’s 2009 Bordeaux tasting on Monday. Blind tasting is the best way to gain an objective, unbiased impression of wine, and when the bags come off, we usually discover a bargain or two.

The 2009 red Bordeaux vintage has been hailed by many experts as the greatest of their lifetime, the greatest ever, or at least the best since 1959 or ‘61.

They are big, ultra-ripe, opulent, often high-alcohol wines – especially the Pomerols. A tasting of 36 wines from across most regions of Bordeaux were tasted by 100 customers of Ultimo Wine Centre on Monday evening, with commentary from myself, Nick Bulleid MW and Ultimo owner Jon Osbeiston.

There were some ripper wines, top of my list being chateaux Grand Puy Lacoste, Leoville Poyferre, Beychevelle, Langoa Barton and Giscours.

Best value for money were Villars ($36), Brane de Baron ($60) and Fombrauge ($80).

The regions whose wines I enjoyed most were on the left bank: St Julien, Margaux and Pauillac. See my complete tasting notes here (available later today – 16/11/12). 

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