Vine Talk: Tired of surging Bordeaux prices? Let the tour begin

Tue Jun 29, 2010 6:03am EDT
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(Robert Whitley is the publisher and managing partner of wine website Wine Review Online and the host of an online radio show "Whitley on Wine." He also oversees several international wine competition. The opinions expressed are his own.)

By Robert Whitley

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - As the prices trickled out for the first tranche of the 2009 Bordeaux vintage being sold en primeurs, there was shock and awe.

They had doubled and, in some cases, tripled what had been asked for the vintages of 2007 and 2008. They were higher, in fact, than the great vintage of 2005. It was enough to make grown men weep.

Of course the speculators swept in (these are the folks who buy now, regardless of price, with the expectation they will someday sell the stars of the vintage at auction for a handsome profit) while ordinary wine collectors (these are the folks who buy Bordeaux to slowly age it in their cellars with the expectation they will someday drink something positively exquisite) were left to pound sand and ponder the high cost of a passion for the grape.

I am so over the 2009 vintage of Bordeaux, and I have a plan, which I am more than happy to share.

Much as I love Bordeaux and recognize that it is the foundation of many a spectacular wine cellar, including my own, I also know it is not the only wine worthy of such devotion.

There are other wines, many others, that mature to greatness when cellared properly, and cost a fraction of the asking price for top-tier 2009 Bordeaux.

Let the tour begin! ITALY   Continued...