The 2010 Bordeaux campaign has fallen flat. According to the Financial Times, wine merchants in London are reporting that “sales of the 2010 vintage – while still in the barrel, or en primeur – are running at half the volume of last year.” Jancis Robinson provides some nice commentary – via a video interview – on the FT website.
On the Wall Street Journal’s wine blog, Will Lyons expresses disappointment with the prices. “Another year, another price increase and another Bordeaux Chateau passes out of our financial reach.” Fortunately, he also provides some advice on bottlings that won’t “worry your bank manager.”
More coverage of Bordeaux’s en primeur campaign in Wine Spectator, with pithy commentary from Daniel Posner of Grapes The Wine Company: “As a whole, the prices are pretty absurd.”
In the pages of the Wall Street Journal, Will Lyons stands up for Cava, arguing that some producers have “earned a place on the top table of sparkling wine.”
Elsewhere in the Wall Street Journal, Jay McInerney profiles winemaker David Ramey, expressing a “special fondness for his Chardonnays, which seem to me to strike a perfect balance between the elusive virtues of white Burgundy and the hedonistic pleasures of Chardonnays from the Golden State.”
W. Blake Gray writes about the absurdity that is the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
David Kent, CEO of The Wine Group, has been named chairman of the Wine Institute.