Bordeaux primeurs 2009. Parker is there

The writing is on the wall - true - China is a bubble and is about as transparent as Bordeaux is. Show me the data and then I’ll be a believer. All talk, no proof…

As I stated previously -
If they price 2009 higher than 2005, then I will continue to buy 2005 and shun 2009 - why would i pay more for 2009 - what could 2009 possibly offer that 2005 doesn’t???


Agreed - China is going to implode. There are SO MANY fundamental problems with their methods of growth, and it smacks of a bubble waiting to burst.

While I don’t disagree with your premise, why would those caught up in the bubble stop spending on extravagances before it pops? The rest of the world didn’t.

If they continue to spend, that will drive prices higher in the near term.


And I will be in the ring, performing. Notes to appear on Winedoctor. That is if British Airways take me there, as they are posturing over strike action at the moment, and I’m booked to fly out on a planned strike day.


You miss the point about risk to the consumer. The risk has nothing to do with the quality or availability of the wine hopefully to be delivered in the future. Rather, as a purchaser of EP, I am an unsecured lender providing interest free cash to a complicated supply chain to which I have no visibiity on financial solvency.

Despite claims about this recession being over, it have barely just begun and those placing bids on 2009 EP should be careful in my opinion.

Frankly, buying futures makes zero sense in today’s deflationary world. The wines will be cheaper in a few years especially afte3r the Euro implodes.

Ah yes. “Nothing more boring than a room full of people who all agree with each other.” Who said that again [wink.gif] ?


I always appreciate your primeur notes. In fact, it was a glowing review of 05 Haut Bailly that made me take the plunge. I must say, I have been very happy with it!

I had every intention of going this year, but alas, a good friend’s surprise bday party got in the way… first time since 2006 that I was looking forward to it…

I look forward to Jeff’s notes :slight_smile:

I pay about 5 times what they are worth…

He already seems to be backtracking. He now is warning that the Great Vintage of 09 he seeks notoriety for discovering may not be uniformly great.
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I don’t think this has any effect on the valuation…


I don’t doubt for a minute your takes of 2005s going for the peanut. What I do doubt (in the sense of I honestly don’t know) is how typical of this is major markets around the world i.e., to what extent it is largely typical of the US.

Scott Mc Arthur,

I don’t answer your posts any more :slight_smile:.

Scott Lorin,

China: bubble, bubble, toil and trouble. Let’ neither undersell nor oversell Chinese economic clout. I don’t know what the value of all that wine shipped to China is, but it is nevertheless a milestone that they have surpassed the US in volume. A friend of mine told me he saw the great growths “everywhere” when he was there. I have translated a speech by the president of the CIVB today. He confirms the statistic about exports to China.


You say I missed the boat about the risks involved in buying en primeur, that it’s actually just a way of beoming an unsecured lender. Well, yes, that’s another aspect. And no one would do it, take that risk, if they didn’t think it was worth their while. Can be compared to playing the stock market. You can make money, or lose it.
You say there is zero reason for buying 2009s. But, if I were a betting man, I’d wager that if you were in no hurry, you would be sure to make money on the name wines :slight_smile:.

Best regards,
Alex R.


Show me the real data. Not a small article in Le Monde (and of course beyond Lafite and its subsidiaries). I am willing to believe if true. Unlike you, I have nothing at stake here.
This is a classic example where myth becomes reality. Keep talking about it, making inferences, and present lots of vague points (“a friend of mine”, “great growths everywhere”) to create an allure of veracity.
Myth becomes reality…

I can give you the US exports to China (truncated below). Why cant you give me Bordeaux’s???

Table 2: Top US Exports to China 2008 ($ billion)
Percent change over 2007
Sources: US International Trade Commission, US Department of Commerce, and US Census Bureau
HS# Commodity Description Volume % Change

85 Electrical machinery & equipment 11.4 6.8
84 Power generation equipment 9.7 10.0
12 Oil seeds & oleaginous fruits 7.4 76.2
88 Air & spacecraft 5.1 -29.0



No, I did not say that at all.

I do agree with your stock market analogy. Bdx has become a speculative market of flippers rather than merely a beverage to be consumed.

I’ve been there many times, and it smacks of bubble if I’ve ever seen one in my life. The disparity between classes is sure to cause severe revolt, and the continuing urban sprawl is destroying the core of what has made them an economic power - village factory workers living close to poverty. The quality of the infrastructure is suspect (go there and see the many skyscrapers going up, all with completely rusted framing from the get-go), and there is such a clear delineation between rich and poor. The quality of life is being destroyed so quickly - go check out the rivers, or the air. Sit yourself directly in Red Square and see if you can find any blue sky. Talk to the people who are working in the factories as I have - see what they have to say about it, what their dreams and aspirations are. Talk to the nouveau riche there - what you see is them attaching themselves to Western economies, not creating their own.

I’m not sure where you read articles about the demise of the Chinese economy - all I EVER see are articles about it being the next world economic power, that we all will one day work for China, etc. In fact, just yesterday, the cover of Newsweek has another article about it. For every one you might read about the eventual demise of that economy, there are 1000 to the contrary.


I am not speaking for other markets, just an observation of things going on in my area of the USA (will not extrapolate to other areas of the USA even). I see many 05s still at futures prices and have started to see cracks in that also as some wines (not FGs of course) are being priced below the futures price. It is all based on too much supply and not enough demand which is a function of many things, one of which is the current economic evironment. A lot of wine is backing up in the US market (in my area at least) so they have to get things moving with 3 other vintages unsold and new one arriving.

The wine market is constipated [tease.gif] what is needed is a massive price reduction enema [thankyou.gif] . I bet after that release, all in the wine trade will feel better. [rofl.gif]

“This is the end of a very nice story for Bordeaux,” Emmanuel Cruse, whose family owns Chateau d’Issan, said in a phone interview. “The national system is dead.”

Bloomberg - Are you a robot?" onclick=";return false;

I wonder if he has ever drank many of these petit chateau before? Bordeaux’s biggest blogger has previously avoided thread after eBob thread on this topic (not enough cachet?). And now he gives no answer to Alan Chan’s question.

He has rated many of them in his “What to buy each vintage” threads. [shrug.gif]

Nice article, but can he learn more about the Bordelais instead of the “Bordelaise” (sauce). [rofl.gif]