Eminent wine critic Robert Parker has revealed has revisited 2009 Bordeaux to compile his in-bottle scores.
Describing it as "not a myth, but mythical", Parker awarded a total of 19 wines perfect 100-point scores.
These included Chateau Latour, Chateau Haut-Brion and Chateau Petrus, alongside Leoville Poyferre, La Mission Haut-Brion, La Mondotte, Montrose, Pavie, Le Pin, Pontet-Canet, Pape Clement Blanc, Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse), Bellevue Mondotte, Clinet, Clos Fourtet, Cos d'Estournel, Ducru Beaucaillou and l'Evangile.
Narrowly missing out on a points-perfect result were Chateau Lafite Rothschild, which was awarded 99+, and Chateau Margaux, Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Chateau Cheval Blanc, all of which received 99 points.
Assessing the quality of 2009 Bordeaux as a whole, he said that it is the best vintage he has tasted from the region since the revered 1982 range. He added that the 2009s are a modern-day version of the 1982s, only "greatly improved".
"It is more consistent (many chateaux that were making mediocre wine in 1982 are now making brilliant wine) and of course, the yields are lower, the selection process is stricter, and there are any other number of factors, from investments in the wineries to impeccable, radical viticulture, that have resulted in extraordinary raw materials," he said.
The 2009s benefit from the same very ripe fruit, low acidity and high glycerin levels that characterised the 1990 and 1982 wines, and should be expected to last for at least 30 years.
"I do want to reiterate that for as big, rich, and as high in alcohol as the 2009s are, they are remarkably pure, well-delineated and surprisingly fresh and vibrant – a paradox, but a wonderful one at that," he said.
The strong 2009 vintage was followed by another high-quality harvest in 2010. However, the 2-011 vintage looks set to produce a more ordinary set of wines.
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