This is the final part in a three part series on wine prices over the past decade. Part one, with an introduction and a look at the wines of Piedmont can be found here, while part two, focusing on the wines of both Tuscany and the Rhone Valley can be found here. Today I’ll be wrapping things up with a look at the big boys, Burgundy and Bordeaux.
If Syrah, which we looked at last week, is a fringe player, Bordeaux is the bullseye. The most famous, most liquid, in a financial sense, and most heavily commoditized wine in the world; Bordeaux is the wine world in miniature. I used to love Bordeaux, as so many people did back in the day. It was easy to understand, had great variety, and was well-priced. Not to mention there seemed to be an infinite catalog of back vintages available at affordable prices, so even the neophyte could buy a few bottles and have a fair sense of what might come out of his cellar one day should he add some Bordeaux to it.
And things changed, slowly at first. Over a longer period, and to a lesser degree the caricaturization of Bordeaux blazed the path followed years later by Chateauneuf du Pape, though with the Bordeaux Market the way it is, having good wine isn’t always required. Today, some of these wines are after more commodity than wine. Even through all of this, I admit to still having a soft spot for Bordeaux, and in truth there are still plenty of producers making good wines, and amongst the thousands of producers crowding the scene, there are some great values to be had. But today we’re looking at the big boys, or rather some of the smallest of the big boys. These are the wines I bought from the 2000 vintage, let’s see what’s happened with them.

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