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Immediate reaction to Parker scores

2nd March, 2012 by Rupert Millar

Reaction to the release of Robert Parker’s in-bottle Bordeaux 2009 scores has been electric.

Liv-ex reported that in the last 24 hours, wines from the vintage have accounted for 62% of the index’s trade with super seconds in particular leading the charge.

The index’s blog noted that most of Parker’s 19 100-pointers had been climbing in price last week.

Pavie has risen 18% to £2,130 a case, Ducru Beaucaillou by 19% to £2,130 and Pontet-Canet 26% to £1,575.

The first growths have not benefited so far but Liv-ex asked: “Are their scores already in the price?”

Justerini & Brooks’ website manager, Julian Campbell, said: “It has been a terrific morning for online sales. Arriving early, the first thing we saw was a huge uplift in web traffic and orders for Bordeaux 2009 and not just the trophy wines.”

Over the coming days it will be no surprise to see reports of various other estates seeing similar attention, particularly as several of Parker’s 100-pointers are well-known but previously over-looked properties.

Sure enough, by the afternoon (Friday 2 March), the news on Liv-ex was that price rises for other wines had begun.

Haut-Brion reached £7,500 a case, up from £6,200 in February and its highest point since June 2011, and Smith-Haut-Lafitte almost doubled in price to £1,400 a case.

2 Responses to “Immediate reaction to Parker scores”

  1. Ed Masciana says:

    This is the vintage that proves that the press tastes different wines than what ends up in the bottle. Tasted about 75 of them at the Union des Grand Cru and everybody there said the same things. Not a press vintage. Extremely variable by village. Many thin wines, especially Haut Medoc and primarily Pauillac. Right bank definitely over left and Graves showed the best of the left. It’s going to be real interesting if Bobby decides to re-review these wines in the bottle and look like an idiot.

    That being said, the Sauternes were on another planet. It’s certainly the most incredible vintage I’ve ever tasted in some 40+ years.

  2. Robert Giorgione says:

    I can’t believe this article only got one response!

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