James Suckling, senior editor of wine guide and site Wine Spectator, and influential wine critic, has been posting to his blog James Suckling Uncorked his impressions of "one of the world's most exciting wine regions" during En Primeur Bordeaux 2009, an annual wine futures event.
Here are some of Suckling's highlights from posts beginning March 24:
2009 will not match 2005 for overall quality, but many châteaus have made their best wines ever, particularly in Margaux and St.-Estèphe
I think that for value and style, Bordeaux is still one of the most exciting wine regions in the world.
I found breathtaking 2009 Bordeauxs at Lafleur, La Conseillante and Vieux-Château-Certan
I tasted some amazing 2009s today on Bordeaux's Right Bank, and many more that were excellent. The vintage may not have been as easy as some make it out to be, but the 2009 Bordeauxs from Cheval-Blanc, Ausone and Pétrus will all be exceptional wines.
I have tasted all the 2009 Bordeaux first-growths over the past two days while on a tasting road trip through Pessac-Léognan and the Médoc, the Holy Grail area for Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux. And, as you probably expected, their 2009s are excellent from barrel. A couple are amazing, notably Mouton-Rothschild and Latour. Montrose and Pichon-Longueville-Lalande also may have made better wines in 2009 than in 2005.
To view Suckling's blog posts visit: http://www.winespectator.com/blogs/archive/id/7