The Brilliant 2009 Vintage in Europe

Nick Jackson, MW Consultant | October 14, 2021

Famously Exuberant

2009 is one of those rare excellent vintages across Europe; like 2010 or 2016, pick up a bottle of almost any European red from 2009, and you’ll be satisfied. 2009 was a warm year, and the resulting wines have always been a joy to drink, and are even more so today.

Bordeaux’s 2009 wines are famously exuberant: deep fruit, succulent tannins and a plush texture make them among the most sensual in recent memory. The northern Médoc always prospers in warm years, and Langoa Barton (excellent value!), Calon Ségur, Lynch Bages and Mouton Rothschild all made fabulous wines.

In Burgundy, the top 2009s are drinking stunningly well already: a bottle of de Vogüé’s Musigny will make my point, or Bachelet’s brilliant Charmes-Chambertin. 2009 is an historic vintage in Châteauneuf-du-Pape too, particularly for Henri Bonneau’s rare Celestins bottling.

From Italy try Gaja’s Conteisa Barolo, or Solaia from Tuscany to see these glorious wines in full bloom at 12 years old. And why not finish with something sweet? Fritz Haag’s gorgeous Auslese bottlings capture all the pleasure of the vintage, balanced with vital acidity.