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Is 2009 a good year for Bordeaux?

2009 Bordeaux wines still stand proud The good news is that many 2009 red Bordeaux tasted stunning and some were breathtaking. In fact, all the wines rated 95+ points are powerful, concentrated wines and should have many years ahead of them. None of them tasted overblown or alcoholic.

Is 2010 a good year for Bordeaux?

The 2010 vintage for Bordeaux is recognized as legendary across the board. A truly great year, despite an exceedingly dry growing season that was not without its problems but, in the end, delivered. A cold winter delayed the initial vine growth, which slowed and disrupted both budburst and flowering.

When can you drink 2009 Bordeaux?

around 10 years old
With the 2009s, of which we tasted well over 150, the main problem was oxidation, particularly but not exclusively in Pomerol and St-Émilion on the right bank, suggesting that the wines have evolved far quicker than the general rule of thumb for fine bordeaux, that it should be ready to start to drink at around 10 …

Is 2009 a good vintage?

The most recent heavily hyped vintage was 2009, a particularly ripe year that required remarkably little effort on the part of the grower and winemaker, resulting in unusually concentrated, alcoholic wines. But 2009 is unequivocally a good-quality vintage.

Was 2009 a good year for French wine?

2009 Vintage: Bordeaux For Bordeaux, the 2009 vintage is widely regarded as legendary. The year produced excellent wines across the board, including those from the sweet wine appellations of Sauternes and Barsac. Although, the growing season began with a warm early spring, both March and April brought rain.

Was 2008 a good year for Bordeaux?

For Bordeaux, the 2008 vintage was a good year, but perhaps stopped short of great. The weather threw a few surprises, with the growing season kicking off with a mild winter. Early spring saw cool, damp weather, which prompted both rot and disease, making spraying essential.

Was 2010 a good year for Pauillac?

Pauillac. Of all the communes, Pauillac is the most Cabernet-orientated and 2010 allowed them to play this card to perfection. Some very great, almost unsurpassable wines and very good quality overall.

Is 2010 a good vintage?

Overall, the 2010 vintage is a year for great reds from France, Italy, and pockets of the New World. Many are likely to be making spectacular drinking now and the best examples are likely to develop even further. However, as this is a quality vintage for many, expect prices to run high.

Do you drink Bordeaux cold?

Red wine should be in the range of 55°F–65°F. Fuller-bodied, tannic wines like Bordeaux and Napa Cabernet Sauvignon taste better warmer, so keep them to 45 minutes in the fridge. Red wine that’s too cold tastes dull, but when too warm, it’s flabby and alcoholic. Like Goldilocks, somewhere in between is just right.

How do you drink old Bordeaux?

Welllll, the general rule is if you open an old bottle and like what you smell, then just lightly put the cork back in and serve from the bottle. If it is funky, not quite right, closed or whatever then tipping into a decanter might jolt it back to life.

Is 2018 a good year for Bordeaux?

2018 Vintage: Bordeaux. Despite initially challenging weather, the 2018 Bordeaux vintage was excellent possibly even legendary. The winter was unusually wet and remained so throughout the spring. These warm, wet conditions did, however, prompt an outbreak of downy mildew which threatened various vineyards.