Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Strange, and still...

I am a bit provocative but still, it's kind of weird to think that when Bordeaux sells its 1st growths, super-seconds and others alike, in other words, less than 20 wines, with a 1st tranche wholesale price between 120 and 500 Euros for the 2009 vintage and 3 or 4 icons with a price between 500 and 1000 Euros, Bordeaux seems expensive to the diaspora of wine professionals, but when 20 or 30 (or more) fine Burgundies are sold at similar prices, or even higher, there... nothing, not one negative comment.

Is the reason, again, the excessive transparency of the release price in Bordeaux, the timing? The futures mode, volumes?
Does Burgundy only have smaller properties than our Right Bank crus, the other side has, it is true, larger properties, but shouldn’t they actually limit their surface?

Good wines and 2010 harvest at our place.
Friday for lunch with Brazilian friends : Fleur Cardinale 2004, Blanc de Valandraud 2006, Valandraud 2007, Hugo Calvet-Thunevin 2006, 3 Marie Calvet-Thunevin 2005, Maury 2007 Calvet-Thunevin and Fine Bordeaux de Valandraud (900 bottles for the 1st bottling)
Saturday : Le Moulin 2002 Pomerol, Fleur Cardinale 2004, Pressac 2002 and 2008.

The harvest will start full throddle tomorrow. Waiting for this harvest is like the clam before the storm, agonizing.
In fact, we are already October 11 and only 1 hectare were picked in Pomerol at Clos du Beau Père, 2 hectares of young vines in Fronsac at Haut Mazeris, 3 hectares in Saint Emilion at Prieuré Lescours and 2 hectares in Lalande de Fronsac at my daughters, in Domaine Virginie Thunevin.
It's not much, considering that this week we should pick our young vines of Malbec in Saint Etienne de Lisse, and probably half of our old Merlot at Clos Badon-Thunevin, the Merlot from the plain, 1 hectare in Lalande de Pomerol. Maybe a bit at Haut Mazeris, depending on the evolution of our grapes, the effects of Sunday’s rain and our reflections on the advantages and disadvantages to wait, and this is not philosophical.

Fleur Cardinale has not begun, La Dominique finished picking its Merlots, but there are still Cabernet everywhere or almost everywhere.

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