After sifting through the 447 Bordeaux 2010 barrel samples I recently tasted, it seemed like a good idea to give some general thoughts on the vintage.
Right now, châteaus are still showing the wines to the press and trade, then they'll basically huddle up and determine pricing. Based on conversations with many château owners, Demand from the Asian market is not slowing down for the 2010s—with the exception of Japan, which is "not buying anything right now" according to one négociant I spoke with, for obvious reasons. Plus, as the U.S. economy slowly picks up steam, if would only seem to reason that demand for the top châteaus will increase here as well. So, with quality high and quantities slightly reduced in '10, I'd expect pricing to rival the levels of the '09s.
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