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Robert Parker on Bordeaux 2010: Another Great Vintage

on 05/05/11 at 9:40 am


Tuesday night, at a small private dinner in London, in the company of six high profile Bordeaux buyers and one Medoc producer, everyone’s blackberry was on red alert.

The reason? Robert Parker, the world’s most influential wine critic, was releasing his scores for the Bordeaux 2010 vintage and updating his scores on the 2008 vintage.

The power and influence of Parker’s points should not be underestimated. To witness the effect a good score has on raising the mood of a producer or broker is astonishing.

Put simply a high Parker score sells wine, which is all you need to know.

So what has Mr. Parker made of the 2010 vintage? As I wrote in my 2010 vintage report, Parker argues that the wines will enjoy “astonishing longevity” on the back of high alcohol, fresh acids, lower pHs and huge tannins.

He also argues that 2010, like 2009 and 2005 may be the “three greatest Bordeaux vintages I have tasted in my career.”

{Full story via WSJ}

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