Monday, November 4, 2013

The Official 2013 Bordeaux Vintage Report

California wineries may be as good at making wine as their French counterparts, but they lag far behind when it comes to the more important part of the wine business--the selling of wine. The French are the Masters of Whinge, but when their marketing departments get busy, they can turn a poor vintage into a desirable vintage in just a few paragraphs. Today's piece is, as always this first Monday of a new month, across the Atlantic at Tim Atkin's blog. Tim Atkin's blog was recently named the International Wine Website for 2013 by the Louis Roederer Awards, no small achievement considering he publishes the HoseMaster. It's like winning a Best Picture Oscar for a movie with Chevy Chase.

Take a look at The Official 2013 Bordeaux Vintage Report at the Award-Winning Tim, and please feel free to comment there. Or, if you prefer, you may leave your comments here. Don't forget to save the ticket stub so you can reclaim them later, and leave a small gratuity.



Quizicat said...

Something tells me I still won't be able to afford any of it.

voice of reason said...

there is no room in my cellar for the 2013s as I just fitted my wine cellar with "skinny jeans".

Marcia Macomber said...

Agree with Quizicat (who has some bitchin' goggles there).

Left my comments on the other side of the pond. Particularly liked the Nancy Grace and Ann Coulter references. (I presume those are in there for readers from this side of the pond.)

The Roman Polanski reference was a nice touch! And the MW quotes were lovely. So dead on.

Ron Washam, HMW said...

Hey Gang,
I've been reading all the spin about the 2013 vintage in France, and just decided I'd make fun of the whole thing. When it's a genuinely gorgeous vintage, all that's said is that conditions were perfect, the wines are stunning, blah, blah, blah. Remember Parker's 19 100 Point Bordeaux in '09?

But when the weather sucks, as it did in 2013, suddenly it's about how surprisingly good the wines are, how our chateau picked before the rains, or was spared from the hail, though our neighbors were killed. The reports read like news stories that talk about horrendous multi-car accidents, and the wonderful tales of the survivors.

The proof, of course, will be in the bottles. And, for Bordeaux, hell, there's always the Chinese.

Unknown said...

It's still early, but word out of Bordeaux says 2013 is the vintage of the millennium, and the next 986 years will be a battle for second place.

Ron Washam, HMW said...

There are conflicting reports. From what I can gather, there are 998 vintages tied for first. The other two vintages are better.

Alexandre Raymundo said...

A lot of bla bla bla from Bordeaux, I don't believe not for a second this is a good vintage. They are the masters of Marketing, you got it right!