Sunday, December 16, 2012

Bordeaux Tasting of the 2010 Vintage

I will be attending the preview tasting of the 2010 vintage of classifed Bordeaux.  There will also be a few Sauternes at this event.  There are a few things that will make this tasting very high on the interest level.  For one, the price of the vintage is one of the highest ever and this is said to be caused by the excellent quality of the fruit.  What is not said is that the impact of the Asian market has driven up the price.  Asia has now become the darling of Bordeaux as they will pay what the market will bear in order to procure Premiere Cru wines.  First Growth Lafite, Latour, Mouton, Petrus, Haut Brion etc.  The wines already are at retail for more than $1,000 a bottle !   I have vintages of some of these first growths from years '64, '66, '70, 'n82 and '86 and they are stunning wines but not worth $1,000 in my opinion.  I feel that in the near future there will be a strong down turn in prices because what has happened now is that the volume needed to fill the market place is slowly disolving.  The the retail displays of Bordeaux are no longer the range of years past.   Floor stacks of classified wines from recent vintages are now reduced to shelf space items.  Wine consumers are now looking at other countries and varietals for the red wine consumption.

Another reason this tasting should be interesting is because of all the hoopla over the quality of the vintage  In my more than 40 years of wine participation I have heard vintage of the century spoken time after time.  This might be a good time to revisit that saying since there have only been ten years in this century to rate Bordeaux.  Viticulture and cellar practices are at the highest levels in the world.  Money has allowed even smaller producers to improve vineyards and cellars as well as invest in barrels of high quality.

The tasting is January 18th in San Francisco.  I will report my findings soon after.  Remember if you want to find the price of virtually any wine in retail use  This is a great resource for all wine lovers.

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