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The areas you have listed are all subregions of the larger region of Bordeaux in France. Indeed these are wines with some of the longest ageing potential of an reds in the world, but do your research as some producers will have better overall quality, and ageing potential than others. 2009 is heralded as one of the best vintages in the last 30 years in Bordeaux, but take this with a grain of salt as 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2005 have all been praised by reviewers though not to the same extent.

Cutting to the chase: In Bordeaux, producers will often sell wines on "futures" meaning you prepay for part or all of your purchase with your local retailer before receiving the wine. The wine itself will often times need 24+ months of oak ageing before bottling, then will take time to get shipped, and distributed. Bordeaux 2009 futures will begin to arrive in the spring of 2012 (no big deal as you wont want to drink it for a while anyways). The big advantage is that typically you can save $ when buying futures rather than paying the actual release prices, though this is sometimes debated particularly with the more expensive bottles as 2009 futures have hit an all time high for price. My budget is pretty thin so my purchases for 2009 Futures were as follows:

6x Chateau Lanessan
3x Chateau Villars
3x Chateau Myrat
3x Le Conseiller
3x Feret Lambert
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