La double vie de barrique

Bling
On the stratospheric pricing of Bordeaux 2005 futures, Elin McCoy suggests how to avoid the $500 Haut Brion: “So what to buy? Go for second growths such as Leoville- Barton, one of my top picks of the vintage ($100 a bottle), and Pichon-Longueville-Baron ($120). I’d also be happy to drink Lynch-Bages, Pontet-Canet and Leoville-Poyferre (all $85), Lafon-Rochet, Beychevelle and Dame de Montrose ($40 to $50), and Chasse-Spleen ($25) if my ‘investment’ turned south.” [Bloomberg]

The IHT “your money” column urges investment in 2005 Bordeaux futures suggesting a five year timeframe. It’s odd, however, that the piece does not caution about the high price of these futures. So I will. Watch out! Are you really buying low when the price is $500 a bottle? [IHT]

Bust
Mariann Fischer Boel, EU Agricultural commissioner, formally outlines her proposals to drain the EU’s “wine lake.” Nothing that we hadn’t already seen coming, but the details are now out. Expect action sometime next year. [EU]

An article summarizing the reform appears here and it underscores “French and Italian” opposition to the plan. However, the opposition is not across the board, as a senior wine official in Bordeaux told DrVino.com recently.

Apologies to Kieslowski for the title of this post.

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2 Responses to “La double vie de barrique”


  1. I had the very good fortune of trying a handful of 2005 barrel samples in Bordeaux earlier this month. My take is that this is one of those vintages that, like a tide, raises all the boats. The basic cru bourgeois juice will be splendid. Plus, they’ll be out earlier than those futures-shockers. Elin’s suggestions are fine, bu if you buy a few $20-$40 bottles and like what you taste, there may be no need to splurge.


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