Leoville Poyferre, Montrose and Rauzan-Gassies: great 2009 Second Growths
Everyone can agree that 2009 was an incredible year in Bordeaux, and Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2009, Chateau Montrose 2009, Chateau Rauzan-Gassies 2009 are all stellar examples of stunning Second Growth wines from the acclaimed vintage. Called “the vintage of the century” by many critics, it produced powerfully opulent wines that are rich in fresh fruits. The perfect growing season and harvest weather created wines that are concentrated and beautifully complex.
Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2009
Located in the Saint-Julien appellation in the Medoc, Chateau Leoville Poyferre is part of an ancient property that dates back over 300 years to the reign of Louis XIII and was one of the first wine producing estates in the Medoc. The soil of the chateau is incredibly diverse, creating a terroir that lends complexity to the wine. Robert Parker awarded Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2009 100 points and described the wine as possessing “soaring bouquet of creme de cassis, charcoal, graphite and spring flowers.” It has an incredible balance and will be ready to drink between 2018 and 2040.
Situated in Saint-Estèphe, Chateau Montrose’s name from the pink hue of the heather covering the rolling hills of the estate. Purchased in 2006 by Martin and Olivier Bouyges, Chateau Montrose has been renovated to optimize its environmental sustainability. For its 2009 vintage, the Chateau worked passionately to find the perfect balance between maturity and freshness and were rewarded when Montrose 2009 received a 100 point score from Robert Parker. Montrose 2009 exudes aromas of redcurrant, cassis, morello cherry and cocoa and possesses a long and supple finish.
Chateau Rauzan-Gassies 2009
Chateau Rauzan-Gassies has a long history dating back to medieval times, with a prestigious winemaking tradition dating to the regin of Louis XIV. In 1946 the property was purchased by Paul Quié, whose descendants still own the chateau, among other Bordelais properites, today. The vineyards are comprised of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot with small amounts of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Robert Parker describes the 2009 vintage as a wine with “ripe and well-integrated” tannins with “scents of charcoal, asphault, black currants, insence and crushed rock.” Rauzan-Gassies 2009 offers a great value wine for a stunning Margaux Second Growth.