Friday, February 5, 2010

What to do about Bordeaux?

Comtes Stephan von Neipperg

So we come back to the question of Bordeaux. I'm standing here with a very distinguished gentleman, Comte Stephan von Neipperg, owner of such Right Bank properties as Château Canon-la-Gaffelière, Château d'Aiguilhe, and Château La Mondotte. Not to mention an all-around man of style and taste. In contrast, I resemble a vagrant, disheveled hair/stained teeth and all. Still have a long way to go young man, a long way.

Right. So what about Bordeaux? I think I've made up my mind, particularly about participating in En Primeur. Spring is (almost) here, and so is the campaign. Will I be buying Bordeaux Futures anymore? My first major purchase was for the 2005 vintage - a hell of a vintage to start with, but I wish I began in 2002, or 2004. Good, classic wines, at relatively reasonable prices. 2006 and 2007 was when it really got out of hand. Let's not even mention 2008, when I started off saying that I wasn't going to buy much, but still ended up with a 4-digit order. Shit.

After tasting through 2007 Bordeaux, I think I made the right choice by choosing mainly white wines. In retrospect, I should have bought more dry white wines. Now that the 2009 campaign is about to start, and all preliminary reports are raving about the quality of the wines, what do I do? I think I'm going to sit this one out. Or at most, concentrate on the $30-$40 producers that aren't producing oaky jam. Right Bank. I think I've given up on cabernet wines - they just don't excite me the way a Burgundy, or a Chinon does. And dammit, I just can't afford to drink Bordeaux anymore. You buy, and then sit on them, but really, are you going to casually open a $65+ wine?

Go through my tags, probably France. Of the wines listed, how many are Bordeaux? And how many of them have really changed my life? Because when I pay $119 dollars for a Pomerol like a goddamn moron, I want my life to be changed.


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