Average 2009 Sauternes En Primeur scoring so far
In advance of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate scores from Neal Martin We thought it would be useful to summarise how the 2009 Sauternes and Barsac vintage was being received by critics so far. There has been almost universal acceptance that this is an outstanding year – we totally agree with this assessment and the scores back this up.
Scoring to Parker’s 100 point scale around 20 wines have acheived an average mark of over 90 points – making them ‘outstanding wines of exceptional complexity and character’. Of these 3 wines are currently averaging at over 96 points making them ‘extraordinary wines of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety’.
And these are average marks! An incredible 15 wines have judged by at least one critic as potentially scoring 96 points – maybe we should offer a mixed 2009 En Primeur case of these extraordinary wines! We now await the Wine Advocate scores with interest. Bill Blatch
PS The top twenty wines so far are (in alphabetical order): Climens, Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Coutet, Doisy Daene, Doisy-Vedrines, l’Extravagant de Doisy Daene, de Fargues, Guiraud, les Justices, Lafaurie-Peyraguey, de Malle, de Myrat, Nairac, Rabaud-Promis, Raymond Lafon, de Rayne-Vigneau, Rieussec, Suduiraut, La Tour Blanche and d’Yquem.
Hovering only just below the cut off mark and likely to rise into the ‘outstanding’ category as more marks come in are: d’Arche, Caillou, Filhot, Lamoth, Lamoth-Guignard and Romer du Hayot. Also ‘outstanding’ in our opinion are some wines that we know about but that are not normally placed in front of most tasters – these include: Domaine de l’Alliance, Bastor-Lamontagne, Cantegril, La Clotte-Cazalis, Latrezotte and Partarrieu. In a vintage of such universal high quality some of these wines may represent the best value when prices are released later this month.
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