Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mr. Asimov on Bordeaux

See, I knew I liked this guy. Please read Eric Asimov's piece, How Do You Feel About Bordeaux?on his very entertaining blog, The Pour.

Mr. Asimov questions whether you can still find value in Bordeaux. I was very happy to see someone write on this topic. It's getting a bit fashionable for people in wine to bash on Bordeaux. To drinkers, it seems that we can do no longer find examples of true claret anymore - as if the entire region's been overrun with Parkerized/Rollandized bastards.

This article couldn't have come at a better time. I'm seriously considering that I should give up on Bordeaux. I'm weighing my options with respect to En Primeur, and I'm pretty close to never participating in it again. As a blogger who professes to want to gain an understanding of terroir, I'm contradicting myself by continually paying $80+ for wines that just don't give me any emotion. Reading through the comments for Mr. Asimov's, I'm getting a sense that old claret drinkers definitely see a change in style in the wines today compared to the wines of the 50's, 60's, 70's. There is no doubt that Parker/Rolland has had a huge impact on Bordeaux, whether it's good or bad.

What I didn't expect was to see so many people who are clearly passionate about Bordeaux wines. Interesting to see, because none of them seem like speculators. They all seem like true wine lovers, which makes their perspective on claret all that more interesting.

Hmmm. I'm still undecided. After this UGC tasting, I'll let everyone know what my final decision is. Can I really completely step away from Bordeaux?


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