Chateau Haut-Vigneau Pessac-Leognan 2009

Much has been written on the 2009 Bordeaux vintage, it being largely universally regarded as among the great Bordeaux vintages.  This too from a decade in Bordeaux that has already seen a number of already outstanding vintages (2000, 2001, 2003 (for some producers) and 2005).  I am therefore somewhat excited to see some 2009s starting to find their way to Australian shores.  This wine did not disappoint.

The 2009 vintage of Chateau Haut-Vigneau presents itself as a typical Graves wine in many respects, and is a blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% merlot.  Ruby in colour, the wine opens to a medium-pronounced intensity expression of blackcurrant, cigar box, black cherry and a sprinkling of popcorn kernels.  On the palate, the depth of the vintage becomes apparent - a mouth filling full bodied wine with medium length, forward black fruits, tobacco, and medium tannins and acidity.  It immediately drank well, yet with time, I liked it even more.  This is a very good wine, happily also at a very fair price.  89-90 points

Abv: 13.5%
Price: $38
Source: sample
Website: (importer:
Tasted: January 2012
January 8, 2012


Craig Underhill said…
On a buying trip earlier this year we tasted a vast range of 2009. The consistency and quality across the vintage was evident. They say in good years the "lesser" chateaux and domaines provide qood value for money and so 2009 is a good opportunity in general.
Sean Mitchell said…
Exactly my thoughts. Based on fruit and density of flavour evident in this wine, I am hoping that the 09s are shaping up as well as the 05s, which I can't speak highly enough of.

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