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To all Wine Exchangers,
Sometimes in the wine business deals happen.  And quite frankly, we’re occasionally shocked at the price of a great bottle of wine.  Whatever the case, we have the opportunity of being offered this stunning 2009 Bordeaux.  The question is, why is this wine still in the marketplace?  I mean where do you get 92-point Bordeaux from the great 2009 vintage, made by one of the top winemakers, from century-old Petit Verdot vines, for under $20 bucks?  I know… crazy!

In the fall of 2009, we were so fortunate to have met the late Vincent Mulliez, former proprietor of Chateau Belle-Vue and the chateau on today’s offer, Bolaire, during our visit to Bordeaux, smack dab in the middle of harvest.  The reason for the trip was to film a series of harvest videos and interviews and, for Vincent, we wanted to capture the passion of a young progressive owner trying to make the best wine possible from great terroir while trying to compete with the “Classified” growths.

While filming at the estates of Vincent Mulliez, we were so fortunate to see the joy he had not only for his properties but also for the quality of wine made.  He took us into the vineyard of Bolaire to show us his true labor of love.  Seeing those 90 year-old Petit Verdot vines (the oldest in Bordeaux?) was amazing!  Really?  If this were Napa, you’d be paying $200 a bottle because “it’s so rare”.
Bolaire consists of a scant 15 acres in the dry calcareous soils of Macau located just south of Margaux. The average age of the vines in 2014 was 49 years with some vines, again, nearly 100 years of age. The blend includes 39% of that old-vine Petit Verdot along with 34% Merlot and 27% Cabernet Sauvignon with 80% of the wine aging in barrels, 30% of which were new, from François Frères, Taransaud, and Darnajou while the rest sat in stainless steel to preserve freshness.
This wine was under-priced to begin with but throw in almost ten years of age direct from the source and it’s downright silly!
James Suckling re-reviewed the wine and wrote, "Wonderful quality for this appellation. Fascinating nose of peaches, berries and spices follow through to a full body, with dark chocolate, nutmeg, blueberries, and raspberries. Long and flavorful. Better after 2017. 92 Points."
On release, Robert Parker wrote of Bolaire, "A sleeper of the vintage for sure, this dense, ripe, dark ruby/purple-colored wine, made from a whopping 39% Petit Verdot, 34% Merlot and 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, exhibits some tobacco leaf, black currants, licorice, roasted coffee and forest floor. It is ripe, medium to full-bodied in texture, pure, impressively endowed, and should drink deliciously for at least another 2-4 years, possibly longer."
 A cork popped yesterday by our team easily proved the point that great Bordeaux doesn’t have to be expensive.  This powerful, inky, driving, lush bottle of wine is absolutely smashing right now but we see it developing even further with a few more years in the bottle.  For the price and bottle age, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better deal on this very unique bottle of wine.
Bolaire Bordeaux Superieur 2009
 

 

A sleeper of the vintage for sure, this dense, ripe, dark ruby/purple-colored wine, made from a whopping 39% Petit Verdot, 34% Merlot and 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, exhibits some tobacco leaf, black currants, licorice, roasted coffee and forest floor. It is ripe, medium to full-bodied in texture, pure, impressively endowed, and should drink deliciously for at least another 2-4 years, possibly longer. - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #199
ONLY $18.98

 

 

 

 

 

 

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