Friday, March 2, 2012

2009 Bordeaux. News, Thoughts and Buying Advice.

Yesterday, Robert Parker released his 2009 Bordeaux in-bottle scores, and they were epic. 17 wines scored a perfect 100 and countless others scored over 95, not to mention 90. He called the vintage the best he's ever tasted in his career. Better than 1982, 1989 or 1990.

Within hours, the retailers who subscribe to the paper version of the WA were jacking up prices like there's no tomorrow (to the detriment of consumers).

The sad news is that if you hadn't bought before yesterday, there are generally none of the wines left that received generous scores. Most merchants sold through what they had yesterday on the wines who got high scores.

I think this event is one that is interesting on many levels. Not only will prices for 2009 Bordeaux skyrocket like no other recent vintage, but it will likely cause back vintages to increase in price, as well.

If you want to own any wine from this vintage, and you have not bought, there are only a few wines that I would recommend that are still available at the same price as before yesterday. I have traditionally liked all of them, and they are seemingly still flying under the radar despite high scores:

2009 Larcis-Ducasse (St. Emilion)
2009 Magdelaine (St. Emilion)
2009 Clos St. Martin (St. Emilion)
2009 Grand Puy Lacoste (Pauillac)
2009 Gruaud Larose (St. Julien)
2009 Rouget (Pomerol)

I suspect there will also be a lot of sales on wines who disappointed score-wise, but that I really like in almost ll vintages. Latour a Pomerol may be just one of those candidates. I believe my beloved Belair-Monange may be another. So if you want to wait until the wines arrive in the US in bottle, then I suspect there will still be some god deals to be had.

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