Recorking old vintages of Bordeaux dismissed as “a racket”

on 17/11/11 at 9:50 am

Wine

Anthony Barton has stressed his opposition to the practice of recorking old vintages of Bordeaux, dismissing it as “a racket”.

The owner of second and third growth châteaux Léoville Barton and Langoa Barton confirmed that he refuses all requests from customers wishing to send their bottles back for recorking, a policy shared by many other Bordeaux producers.

“I’m against recorking,” he stated, remarking: “99 times out of 100 it’s a racket.” In particular Barton highlighted the perfectly legal problem of customers topping up their bottles with wine from the same vintage, on the grounds that “it just means they want to sell them.”

Qualifying his objection still further, Barton observed of these topped up wines: “The poor auctioneer says it has a good level, but it’s only been good for the last two weeks, not the last 20 years.”

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