I just heard from a wine merchant friend that some people in the wine trade who deal in Bordeaux said that 2006 is much better than I have reported, and that a least 20 wines are even better than their 2005 counterparts. They say that 2006 is another great year, especially for the top estates of the Médoc and a number of Right Bank ones.
I am scratching my head in wonder. Of course, I scored 10 wines 95-100 and another two dozen or so 92-94. Maybe Mouton and maybe La Mission, and a few others, could be on the same level or even slightly better than 2005?
But overall, it just can’t be that 2006 is better than 2005. The weather wasn’t right. Or anything else, for that matter. It’s like one well-known négociant and wine producer on the Right Bank told me, “The problem is that they believe that their 2006 is a great wine” – even though it isn’t.
It must be sort of like that for some wine merchants. They can’t live with the idea that they can’t make money on 2006, like they did in 2005. So they want to believe that 2006s are great. I can understand this financially for a wine merchant who makes millions of dollars in a great vintage with futures. It will be difficult to make up the loss of revenues this year on their balance sheet.
Maybe the best solution is that these merchants, if they believe so highly in 2006, should take a big position on it? Buy large if you believe in it, I say. If they, and some wine producers, believe they really did make some of the best wines of their career, then maybe the châteaus should charge more for their wines in 2006? Why should they come down in price?
I don't think it's good idea. But the quality of the wine in the bottle will finally show who's right or wrong.
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