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Posted: Mar 29, 2006 9:09am ET

Me at lunch with Fabien Teitgen, technical director of Smith-Haut-Lafitte, discussing why some people seem to be upset that I am writing so positively about the 2005 vintage – especially after all the positive words for 2000 and 2003.

“Hey. It’s not your fault that the vintage is so exceptional,” he laughed.

Don’t shoot the messenger…

Robert Schwitzgold
sweden —  March 29, 2006 10:45am ET
Hello!!Calling from Sweden.Have you any idea about the pricelevel of the 2005 vintage.At the top end some say that Petrus will be realesed att at least ca 800 Euros.Som say that 1:st cru of medoc att ca 150-200 euros.
James Suckling
 —  March 29, 2006 12:03pm ET
Hello to you from Sweden! You might want to consider remortgaging your house if my guess is right for the top wines of the vintage. But there will be lots of good things for 15 to 30 Euros...
David Allen
Lufkin, Texas —  March 29, 2006 2:27pm ET
Hello from Texas. I respect your tasting a lot and look forward to your Right Bank tastings. I do find your comments a bit too exuberant- for example to suggest the 2005 Haut Brion is better than the 1989. Remortgaging the House come on.I'll happily drink my 2000s and 2003s, 1982s etc. David L Allen davidlallenlawyer@sbcglobal.net
James Suckling
 —  March 31, 2006 7:04am ET
David. I am sorry if you think I am getting carried away. Some of this is written slightly tongue in check (I mean cheek!). But I am very excited about the quality of 2005.

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