Initially, I did not buy any futures. However, after tasting a dozen introductory level 2009's earlier this year and then attending the 2009 UGC tasting, I decided to buy. Because of high prices for the top wines (coupled with a lack of patience in waiting for them to develop and the fact that I already have a good supply of higher end 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2005 bordeaux), I chose to concentrate on some of the "bargains" that would be ready to drink earlier or at least were not overpriced.
I'm not done buying as I plan on seeing what Costco and other stores will offer when they show up on the shelves. In the meantime, here is what I have so far:
2009 Château La Croix de Queynac (VM88-89) @ $8
2009 Château Villars Fronsac (WA89+) @ $15
2009 Château Côte Montpezat Cuvée Compostelle Côtes de Castillon (WS91-94) @ $16
2009 Château Faizeau Sélection Vieilles Vignes Montagne-St. Émilion (WA90-92, WS87-90) @ $17
2009 Château Clerc Milon (WS93, WA92, JS95, VM 92-94) @ $54
2009 Château Fleur Cardinale St. Émilion (WA94, WS93, JS93) @ $35
Curious to read what others purchased and what they paid.
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First time I have purchased Bdx futures - actually, first time I have purchased Bdx, period - will probably be the last too based on the way price is escalating. I attempted to go for a value "sampler" with a couple of higher end (for me anyway) wines thrown in for comparison purposes.
Tour de Mons, Margaux ($25)
Tour Maillet, Pomerol ($31)
Godeau, St-Emilion ($30)
Malescot-St-Exupery, Margaux ($100)
Canon-La Gaffeliere, St-Emilion ($90)
Paloumey, Haut-Medoc ($18)
I didn't like the high prices, but I enjoyed the wines at the UGC tasting and 2009 was my wedding year, so I bought an assortment (usually a couple bottles of each):
Domaine de Chevalier
Grand Puy Lacoste
Malescot St. Exupery
I will also be on the lookout for La Lagune, Batailley and Clerc Milon. I already purchased and tasted a bottle of Lilian Ladouys last month and really enjoyed it, so may look for more of that as well.
I would like to pick up a few whites at some point, looking at Carbonnieux, Chevalier or Smith Haut Lafitte. I also picked up a few halves of Coutet already.
Binny's still has futures of the Clerc Milon for $54.
2011 - zippo
2010 - null
2009 - zero
2008 - none
2007 - zilch
2006 - nada
"You can never get enough of what you don't really need to make you happy." -- Eric Hoffer
Only 3 bottles of Montrose for 2009 on futures. Might pick up a few random wines here and there when they hit the shelves. I have over 15 cases of Bordeaux from 00, 01, 04, 05, 08 so my days of buying big volume of Bordeaux futures are over.
If we're including Sauternes as well, then
Show me a good loser, I'll show you a loser - Vince Lombardi.
+3. 2005 was the last year I bought futures. With so many back vintages (1989, 1990, 2000, etc) available for the same or less money than 2009's, why buy something that won't drink well for at least ten years?
I am slowly getting there....I had a massive 2009 futures order and just paired it back to 6 bottles of pontet canet and 6 of Domaine de chevalier....prices really are insane and back vintages are cheap....I just worry what I am going to do in 20 years if I haven't bought futures as the secondary market is not going to be nearly as friendly with the high en primeur prices....
drink all the other comparable and great juice out in this world?
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Far too much, or so I thought at the time... I guess I will be happy at some distant point in the future.
A case each of in no particular order
Pichon longueville Lalande
Smith Haut Lafitte
La Fleur de Bouard
Grand Puy Lacoste
Vray Croix de Gay
And 5 cases of de Fieuzal (it was good, it was relatively cheap...)
must not buy any more wine, must not buy any more wine... DOH!!!!
mostly 6 bottles lots of:
case of Lilian Ladouys and Le Thil
Mags of Chevalier, Lilian Ladouys and Lagrange
I'm scaling back Futures as well, not as quickly as VinToronto, but getting there. 2005 was the last significant Futures vintage for me. More attractive pricing on older vintages has been getting more and more enticing.
Did order up:
May get one or two more - no rush - lots of other good things out there, Burgs, Rhone, Italy, Cali... older Bordeaux...
No Sauternes - buying 07, 05, 01, 97, 83, 76....
Was that one years Bordeaux budget? ........ it's more like 10 years overall cellar budget in my household given 2009 prices.
Nenin @ $60
La Lagune @ $55
Talbot @ $55
Gruaud Larose @ $65
Prieure Lichine @ $55
Cantenac Brown @ $55
I'm still thinking about picking up some Malescot-St. Exupery or Leoville Barton, both of which are around $100.
If you are approaching my age start to ignore the Grand Vins that will take another 20 years to be ready and go for some second wines that will drink much earlier. They usually reach that market 2-3 years after the vintage and stay reasonably available. Reserve de Leoville Barton, Amiral de Beychevelle, Sarget de Gruaud Larose, La Parde de Haut Bailly etc all provide lovely shorter term drinking (5-10 years)especially in the decent vintages.
All I've bought thus far is a few bottles of Faizeau VV for drinking now. I also bought a mag that I will open in the next couple years. I won't be buying any of the big boys, as I'd be much happier backfilling ready to drink (or close to it) wines for a fraction of the cost.
2009 isn't my style of vintage, and that was confirmed at the UGC tasting, in fact it was much worse than I expected. I purchased as futures what I hoped would be reds for drinking over 10 years, but after the tasting I will be enjoying these (hopefully) for early drinking....as I don't expect these to age gracefully. I am concerned that 2009 will be a HUGE waste of money for me....and I hope these wines develop some structure and typical Bordeaux characteristics that I did not find at the UGC tasting. I should have not listened to the critics.....live and learn.
Domaine de Chevalier
La Tour de Bessan
and a few others....
For Sauternes (which I did enjoy at the UGC tasting)
I purchased about 8 different ones on futures...and I feel that these will be enjoyed best young as well.
I started buying Bordeaux in the ’95 release, and it is nearly half my cellar, but have only bought a total of 9 bottles between the 06, 07, & 08 vintages. Like many above, I had pretty much written off 09 as an overpriced vintage and did not plan to buy anything other than a few low end QPR type stuff off the shelves. Then I went to the UGC tasting and, unlike some others, I loved the combination of concentration, acidity, and sweet tannins. Was amazed at how approachable, yet structured, the best ones were. My experience at UGC made me at least look at futures and I was surprised to find that some lower tier right banks I bought in 00 and 05 could be purchased for the same or less in 09. Yes, the better wines are more expensive, but some still warrant their price in my book given the quality I experienced. I did a little cherry picking with just a few bottles of the better stuff, as those wines won’t be ready until after I retire (the better 10’s may outlive me given how long they are said to take to mature). I will likely buy more.
d'Aiguilhe $25 *
Arnauton (Costco) $13
Barde Haut $37
Faugeres $33 *
Fleur Cardinale $35 *
Haut Bergey $35
Le Crock $22
Leoville Barton $95
Marsac Seguineau (Costco) $19
Pape Clement $130
Pontet Canet $160
* bought for less than 05 and/or 00
Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends. - Tom Waits
Grand Puy Lacoste
Yeah back vintages are cheaper and I am still buying those but I like the idea of owning the wine for 20-30 years and knowing it will be well taken care of.
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