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Hi all, I'm a newbie to the forums. I would consider myself to be slightly above a novice wine fan. My question is regarding vintages and when they are released. I am wanting to purchase perhaps 1/2 a case of one the better 2009 vintages to store for several years. I pulled a vintage wine guide which indicated that the St. Julien/Paulliac St. Estephe, Margaux, Graves and Pomerol regions were extraordinary in 2009. Can anyone guide me as to when these vintages are released? Any other tips? Hope my querry makes sense.

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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
since you are new, i'd buy a few bottles from older vintages. its always great to have some newer vintages like 09, but you will have to wait awhile to appreciate them. so best to buy some older ones to compare.

as well, your palette will change over time. i started with aussies/calis/spain (which are still great for what they are) when i first started collecting/tasting, but since then have moved onto other countries like france.
2000, 2001, 2003, and 2005 have all been praised by reviewers though not to the same extent.

I think 2000 and 2005 were praised even more highly than 2009. Don't know how 2001 got into that lineup either. The 2009 got hype because the vintage of the century is only supposed to come every 5 years and this one came after only 4, so the 2009 is a little anomalous.

Other than that, Joapepchi I don't get the question. Do you like any of the wines or do you know any of those wines? Do you know how they are when they're aged? What is "several years"? Why not buy a couple bottles of older vintages now and see if you even like the stuff? Would you buy a case or even a half case of a wine you don't know just because you read it was "supposed" to be extraordinary?

Bad move. If you don't know Bordeaux, you'll end up like those people who talk about it but don't really drink it. And if you buy some "name" wine from Bordeaux, you'll pay a nice piece of change.

Lots of wine from many places can age if you want to put something away for a few years.

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