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July 15, 2014

Most of the petite 2009 Bordeaux are long gone, but I was doing some case kicking in a warehouse and found the 2009 Chateau Le Grand Moulin Blaye red Bordeaux just waiting for a home. I tried the wine and it is a winner. Better yet, this is the “last of the vintage” so I think I made a good buy for this rightly celebrated red.

 

It is a blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and cabernet franc, and comes from the Blaye region in Bordeaux. Normally the wines from here show a softer, rounder side, and this one does all that and more. This is a solid red wine that has an inviting aroma of what I thought to be like fruit cake. The taste is very balanced with some addition of cassis flavor. There really is some complexity here, and the miserly Decanter Magazine gave it a rating of 89 points, and that is saying something. Also, the Grand Moulin was awarded a Gold Medal and the Concourse Mondial wine expo, and that is saying a lot. Formerly $20 the bottle, it is now $13, with a 12 pack case being $140. It should be drunk between now and 2020. This is the end of the vintage with the 2011 on its way and I can promise that I will never write a word about that horrible Bordeaux vintage…and 2012 will be even more challenged.

 

And to reiterate…I feel these 2009 and 2010 Bordeaux in the petite and satellite wines to be so underpriced. They are rich, can age a good while, and represent what many feel are among the greatest vintages of all time. In line with that, the classified growths are very expensive, to the point of being ludicrous, but realize that is coming from someone who has been buying Bordeaux for a long time. Stu (by the way, he is retiring from the store next month after 43 years) and I were laughing how we used to sell 1973 Ch. Mouton Rothschild for $25 the bottle, and 1967 Ch. Leoville-Las Cases for $8. Times do change but I cannot recall a day when I did not have any good wine to sell. Let me know on the Le Grand Moulin. There are 13 cases left. 

 

Thanks,

Rog

 

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