Parker crazy about Bordeaux 2009

on 08/11/11 at 3:57 pm

Wine

“I feel validated that this is a truly, truly, truly magnificent vintage,” said Robert Parker of Bordeaux 2009 this morning.

Speaking at WineFuture in Hong Kong, where he conducted a tasting entitled “The Magical 20″, he spoke of the “brilliance” of Bordeaux and the “opulence” and “finesse” of the best wines from this harvest.

Parker tasted the wines with an audience of 1,000 press, buyers and wine collectors from around the world, requiring 1,400 bottles to be poured into 20,000 glasses, using 45 sommeliers.

As the tasting drew to a close he declared that the 2009 vintage was even better than he had initially thought after sampling during en primeurs.

“When I first tasted [the 2009s], if you look at what I wrote, I said it was high in alcohol, very concentrated, and with sweet tannins, and all those characteristics were demonstrated at this tasting today.

“But what impressed me more than at the barrel tastings is the elegance of the wines and the finesse of the tannins – and the tannins were sweeter and better integrated than I remember them being in barrel” he said.

During the tasting he compared 2009 to the Bordeaux vintages of ‘21, ‘29, ‘47, ‘49, ’59, ‘82, ‘90, as well as, “to a certain extent”, 2003.

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