Sunday, 11 July 2010

2009 Vintage of the Century

Yes - a third vintage of the century in ten years for Bordeaux wines.The others are 2000 and 2005. The press goes into overdrive, people buy the wine as futures - untasted, not even bottled. Prices go up with the top wines now at around €13000 a case.
Being old enough to remember years like1988,89 and 90 I wonder how they would have been treated nowadays - God Smiles on Bordeaux with trio of vintages of centennial splendour. You'd think that by now people would have owrked out that on average, Bordeaux has three great vintages per decade although this appears to be rising slightly with global warming.
Of all the places where wine is made they have really worked out how to attract interest and sales without having to have the tedious wait for the wine to be ready and the having your cash tied up for a couple of years. I'd love to do the same myself but not having made a single bottle it might be a but cheeky.

At the same price there is so much great wine in the world that you could buy and drink that day rather than waiting two years.
Still, I  bought two cases.

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