"Arrogance is exactly why people are fed up with the Bordelais such as yourself." This is the comment made by Peter in one of my Wine Spectator blogs. Perhaps. As a Frenchman, I am very happy to debate this.
If arrogance is denying that great wines are made outside Bordeaux, then the Bordelais are definitely not arrogant. Indeed, as you might know, a significant number of the large investments that have been made in recent years in Chile, California, Argentina and South Africa originated from Bordeaux producers. It means that the Bordelais clearly recognize the quality of these great vineyards and terroirs and are learning a lot in these faraway latitudes.
If arrogance is to show a lack of consideration for our most important clients, who are the end consumers, then the Bordelais are not arrogant. I have gotten the feeling that very few other wine regions send so many winemakers and estate owners in such large delegations to far-flung markets to showcase their wines to consumers. If we were arrogant, we would simply stay in our little part of the world.
If arrogance is for the Bordeaux wine merchants not to trade in other great wines from California, Chile, Argentina, South Africa or Portugal, then the Bordelais are not arrogant. Indeed, wines from these vineyards are sold by the Bordeaux wine merchants en primeur, just like the first-growths of Bordeaux.
If arrogance is to increase prices without investing in quality and rigorous selections, then the Bordelais are not arrogant. In his reports over the last 10 years, James Suckling is not short of words when he comments on the constant improvements made in Bordeaux. There has been a huge commitment to and investment in technical improvements, scientific research and yield controls since 1990 in Bordeaux. Why wouldn't it be fair that, at some point, increased quality should be reflected in a price increase?
Finally, if arrogance is to believe that St.-Estèphe (where Cos-d'Estournel is located) is the home of some of the best terroirs of the Médoc, then I happily confess that I am myself very arrogant…. (Typical French sense of humor!!!)
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