As the 2009 vintage is rumoured to be one of Bordeaux's best, I am planning to buy some to lay down and I'm looking for suggestions from those in the know or directions to some good reading on the subject. I'd like to spend around $40/btl and am interested in buying a variety of bottles.
Any and all suggestions welcome but I live in Quebec so I'm limited by the SAQ's offerings!
A variety of bottles.
Do you mean you want to buy single bottles of a few different wines? If so, I thik that is the wrong way to go about it.
If you are buying wines to lay down for the long term, the minimum you want is three bottles of each and any wine, preferably more. Especially if these are wines you don't know.
You don't want to be on the 'net in 2022 asking strangers "Should I drink my only bottle of Chateau Haut Prix now?"
Just on general principles, I always suggest D'Armailhac which has been good to me since the '81 vintage. In certain markets (not Canada, I'm sure) the '09 is available as low as $40.
There's a few things:
First, there's still a lot of time to make your decision (Bordeauxs release later than say US wines a lot of 2010 is still on preorder and 2009s are still coming in). Especially since 2010 was practically as good a year as 2009. At $40 you are not collecting anyway, so I would look at 2009 and 2010.
I would say, and I am not a French wine expert, that there is a big jump in quality from 40 USD to 75 USD for Bordeaux. So I'd buy less (though don't hang all your hopes on one bottle as FrankJBN wisely notes), for a bit more in price.
Bordeauxs are not created equal some are much more fruity than others. Some producers to look out for in about the $40 to 100 range:
Chateau Haut Bergey
Chateau Clerc Milon
Domaine de Chevalier