First, apologies for yet another hosting issue with the site – 60% down since Friday evening – it’s a big job to move hosts given the site complexity I seem to have arrived at, but I may have to bite the bullet. Anyway, at least I’m not charging you!
I found the above in my mailbox last week. When I look at the pricing from first tier suppliers of Bordeaux wines (i.e. no grey-market speculation), it seems that despite the pricing outrages of ‘2005 burgundy trophy bottles’, burgundy is still relatively cheap. These offer prices (Swiss francs per six-pack) on 05 Margaux are the same per bottle as Romanée-Conti – quality is quality, but my only argument against this is that there are 350,000-plus bottles of Margaux per year versus 5,000 for Romanée-Conti! Even my bank manager used to buy cases of Margaux, but he told me he stopped with the 1990 vintage – which cost about 60 Swiss francs per bottle – he said it got expensive after that! I also note with interest the massive premium versus a good Haut-Brion that 100 Parker points brings!
PS I know it’s still a silly price (330 Swiss Francs), but clearly still cheaper than the above Haut-Brion 2004. Today I picked up the only bottle I ever saw, and one of only 146 (according to the label, and mine’s number 00099), of Faiveley’s Musigny. It’s the 2004 and will be opened at a great dinner when I’m 65 – how’s that for planning? – only 19.5 years to go!