The annual Bordeaux futures racket, uhmm, I mean campaign has gotten into high gear once again with the start of some big name releases. Chateau Beychevelle, a perennial favorite, has released the pricing for its 2010 and it's a whopping 20 plus percent over the 2009 release price, which in turn reflected a whopping increase in price over previous vintages.
In all honesty, these classed Bordeaux are rapidly pricing themselves out of contention for inclusion in my cellar and seem to be banking on the investor class and the world's wealthiest to bankroll their future. A risky proposition, at best.
Having said all that, Bordeaux remains one of the world's finest wines, and once you push past the top 100 or so labels, there remain many affordable, cellarable, delicious options for the wine enthusiast so it pays to pay attention to the market.
Bordoverview.com is a great site for doing just that, though in a very geeky way. For some easier reading, I recommend the Bordoverview blog, which leads a lovely Bordeaux-centic narrative and David Bolomey even includes some standout recommendations for 2010 Bordeaux options for the rest of us, like some of my favorites Chateau Poujeaux, Chateau Lafon-Rochet and Chateau du Tertre!
Visit the Bordoverview blog.
Wine of the Week: 6/3/11
So you’ve never had a 100% Callet wine then? Don’t fret, I’m not sure I had, until now that is. I guess if you’re going to have Callet, this is the way to have it. Though this wine’s 17-month sojourn in new French oak barriques may alter the varietal character of the wine, I rather like this.