The 4 Wines of 2013

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Even Some Classed Growths are Well-Priced

Let’s face it, the first growths and super seconds are not cheap, but as you move down the prestige ladder there are very few regions that can supply the type of age-worthy wines that Bordeaux can supply. In fact there seems to be more and more $50 crap coming from around the globe with each passing vintage, and while Bordeaux 2010 is not the same as Bordeaux 1990, or even 2000 for that matter, the wines still tend to be more elegant and capable of complexity than those of so many other appellations.

It’s a stylistic question of course, but assuming you enjoy Bordeaux, it’s hard to argue with the prices of these 2010s, a supposedly great vintage in the making, though I have just been able to taste some of the more modest wines of the vintage and as such have no personal opinion of the vintage yet. Take a look at these producers, each of whom have a fine track record of producing winning wines.

2010 du Tertre $40
2010 d’Angludet $40
2010 Sociando Mallet $40
2010 Meyney $35
2010 Carbonnieux $40
2010 Ormes de Pez $35
2010 Chasse Spleen $30
2010 Lilian Ladouys $20
2010 Poujeaux $32
2010 Potensac $28
2010 Cambon la Pelouse $20

Where can you find better value? Really, nowhere, though you can find equal value, that’s for sure. So I expect Bordeaux to remain important and strong through 2013, particularly when it comes to the under $40 a bottle level where these wines have so little competition.

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  • Re: Riojas. I've had many crianzas and reserves in the past decade and don't think the reserves scale proportionately tastewise vs price. In fact, I think some of the $ 13-18 formers are better than their $ 35-40 latters.

    Jan 04, 2013 at 1:41 AM

  • Snooth User: Juancar
    1167110 64

    Well I know very well the Riojas,and some like the Monte Real from Bodegas Riojanas don't have price,are wines excepcionals in all their dimension,when you can drink a wine with 15 years and don't feel that years in your palate this is a fantastic experience from wines that everybody like.

    Mar 05, 2013 at 8:20 PM

  • Snooth User: mark holys
    1176343 36

    Some of the best wine perspective and plain journalistic truth that I have read in some time. Of course, agreement does cloud objectivity, but as a wine professional in the restaurtant industry where revenue driven employers demand meeting 'the bottom line', I too have been relegated to schmuck status in the discharge of my responsibility to my client community in quality and value in my recommendations. I am impressed with Mr. Dal Piag's acuity and the depth of his global view. I pride myself in same and invite discussion regarding this topical theme.
    Mark-Steven Holys.,...LinkedIn

    Mar 08, 2013 at 9:09 PM

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