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Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2009

August 1st, 2010 No comments

“A Coca Cola bottle with a Lafite Rothschild label,  could be snatched up for $$$$ in China!” Chandrajeet.

 

Wine sales are booming in the Far East. The Chinese and the Indians are buying up every case of vintage wine they can lay their hands on from all of the great producers.  Of course the removal of the totally really unfair tax on the imports of wine in to Hong Kong has helped, but that is not the full story. 

The label does make a lot of difference to the “rapidly rich” in Asia.   
You can be almost sure that Carruades de Lafite, the second wine, would be as popular and priced almost at the level of the first growth, Chateau Lafite Rothschild, in some of the “specialist” wine shops in Shanghai or Mumbai .
 
The increasing demand from the super rich of China and India is of course a Divine gift from the Gods of wine to the growers, who are all rushing to have a presence in the major cities in Asia.  For the rest of us mare mortals in Europe, I guess that we have to look for some great but still comparatively unknown wine producers! 
                                 
                                                                  
                                                                                                                 

 

 
The Great Chateau Lafite Rothschild Label

The Great Chateau Lafite Rothschild Label

 
In the mean time…..              
 
If there is still any of it left, the 2009 Chateau Lafite Rothschild could well be a great one for the cellar, to be brought out at a very important occasion later in life.
 
Traditionally, the Lafites are delicately elegant with a light almond aroma and flowery under tones as opposed to the much more powerful Latours or the spicy and mind grabbing flavours of the Moutans. 
 
This one is another triumph for Charles Cuvelier, who has been in charge of the Chateau since 1994, and had been responsible for many of the great vintages since then.  The Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2009 seems to have great expectations for the best qualities that the Chateau is known for.
 
The thicker than average skinned grapes along with just the right amount of rain, at just the right times could well have produced as good a vintage as the 1982 or the 2000 vintage Lafites.
 
Wine Speak.
 
The Violet, currant, raspberry and lilac aroma unfolds slowly on the palate to a more muscular cedar and tobacco. Full-bodied with very well-balanced tannins the 2009 Lafite has the traditional elegance with a surprising amount of muscle.
 
The first growth is aged only in new oak barrels, for approximately 18 to 20 months.
 
Composition 
82% Cabernet Sauvignon.
17% Merlot 17%
0.5% Petit Verdot
 
Price Range
(these are the sample prices taken from sources around the world and may be subject to change)
 
Price: $1299.00 (USD) per Bottle – minimum 12 bottles (Hong Kong) 

Price: $1395.00 (USD) per bottle  (San Fransisco) 

Price $ 1,499.00 (USD) per bottle (New York)
 
Price £12,999.96 (per case) London  
 
There are apparently no more than around 25,000 cases of this great vintage out there, so if all goes with the wine as expected, then it could be a really great wine to buy and put away in the cellar!
 

Tasting a Great Vintage Wine!

Tasting a Great Vintage Wine

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Great Vintage Summer of 2009!

July 12th, 2010 No comments

There are some baby boomer friends, who get a kind of misty look in their eyes, when talking about the summer of 1969, the legendary Summer of Love.
Some of the wine growers from Bordeaux already seem to have exactly the same look in their eyes, when you mention the great vintage wine tasting!Great Vintage of 2009!
The summer of 2009 was apparently what is known as the Goldilocks summer for wine, when it all came together and every thing was just right.
It is said to be the best vintage since 2005. 
So how good is it?  
Well, some of the vintage is more than just good, it can truly be called great. 
But that is not the case for all of it and it is important therefore to  be very careful about what you buy.
“2009 vintage is like a Rubanesque lady, deliciously voluptuous in some places & showing lots of cellulite bumps in others!” Chandrajeet.
We do need to get the right information, so that we can go for the great and miss the not so great of the 2009.
There is no dearth of information though, in fact there is just way too much information around about this vintage, with more data being added each day!
The problem of too much information is of course very common in the wine trade, but it seems to have gone in Overdrive for the 2009!
There are already thousands of pages of comments and recommendations from hundreds of Experts, Special Wine Tasting Teams & General Wine Gurus, all providing sooooooo much detailed content, that it is almost impossible to be able to decide on what you really want!
What we really need is a simple list of the best of the vintage.
 
Also as no one expert can possibly know it all, we need to get the opinion of not just one expert, but of a number of wine experts, about the Best of the Vintage list.
 
That is exactly what we intend to make available for the visitors to this site.
We are currently in the process of connecting with as many of the VERY BEST of the Wine Merchants, Wine Growers, Wine Publications & Bloggers as possible.
With the help of the best of the wine experts, we hope to produce three simple “Ten Best” lists for the 2009 Vintage, without the very poetic and flowery but at times confusing details that normally go with expert suggestions.
The three 10 best lists would be as follows:
1. The 10 Best Overall from the 2009 Vintage.
2. The 10 Best for investment from the 2009 Vintage.
3. The 10 Best for value from the 2009 Vintage.

We hope to have the above 10 Best lists available here shortly.-
We will of course gratefully provide full credit to the expert sources of the above information and we hope that the users of this site will show their appreciation by using ONLY the above mentioned sources to fill up their wine cellars!
The picture above, courtasy of Cambridge Wine merchants.    www.cambridgewine.com