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Bordeaux Prices Remain Reasonable

Remember I mentioned that wine prices are increased, and that the prices you pay for wines are going to go up? Well, it’s time to get used to it. We are entering a new pricing paradigm for wine, and everything will be more expensive. Bordeaux is unique in the world of wine because of the Bordelaise attempt to balance supply and demand for their wines. This is a ringed system admittedly, as there would be plenty of wine to go around if the industry did not strictly control the flow of wine into the marketplace. That’s really not the point here, what is the point is that the price of vintages go up and down in response to critic’s reviews and the overall view of the vintage.

This creates, roughly, three types of vintages for all but the top few dozen Bordeaux. Vintages that suck and should be avoided, vintages that are fine, perhaps early maturing and less ripe or rich than the so-called best, and the so-called best vintages. Why do I say so-called? Simply because it really depends on what you want to get out of your wine. If you want something lighter and fresher, a grand vintage might not be the best option for you. This means that a lot of wine will be priced well with each less-than-great vintage that comes, and frankly in great vintages there are literally hundreds of Chateaux that might produce remarkable values.

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  • Re: Riojas. I've had many crianzas and reserves in the past decade and don't think the reserves scale proportionately tastewise vs price. In fact, I think some of the $ 13-18 formers are better than their $ 35-40 latters.

    Jan 04, 2013 at 1:41 AM


  • Snooth User: Juancar
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    Well I know very well the Riojas,and some like the Monte Real from Bodegas Riojanas don't have price,are wines excepcionals in all their dimension,when you can drink a wine with 15 years and don't feel that years in your palate this is a fantastic experience from wines that everybody like.

    Mar 05, 2013 at 8:20 PM


  • Snooth User: mark holys
    1176343 36

    Some of the best wine perspective and plain journalistic truth that I have read in some time. Of course, agreement does cloud objectivity, but as a wine professional in the restaurtant industry where revenue driven employers demand meeting 'the bottom line', I too have been relegated to schmuck status in the discharge of my responsibility to my client community in quality and value in my recommendations. I am impressed with Mr. Dal Piag's acuity and the depth of his global view. I pride myself in same and invite discussion regarding this topical theme. m.holys@yahoo.com
    Mark-Steven Holys.,...LinkedIn

    Mar 08, 2013 at 9:09 PM


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