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Issue # Five - Nov 2013

Jancis Robinson Picks Bordeaux Vintages for Current Drinking

In the Financial Times supplement entitled “Buying & Investing in Wine,” Jancis Robinson suggests Bordeaux vintages which are “fit to drink now.” She notes that the 2010s “are looking better and better,” but “it would be a shame to open them now.” Wines from the lower ranks in 2009 “are already a pleasure” due to their bountiful fruit.

The 2008s “will probably benefit from prolonged ageing.” 2007, on the other hand, delivers “some of the best drinking” as the wines have evolved quickly in the bottle. She compares 2005 with 2010, saying most are in “a quiet lockdown phase.” The best 2006s also “need time.” The 2004s are fresh and drinkable whereas the variable, heat-wave 2003s should generally be consumed now.

The wines of 2002 appear “lighter and leaner,” and the 2001s can be “rewarding” and in some cases “more elegant and rewarding” than the “delicious” 2000s. Among older years, the author recommends 1996, 1995 and 1986 for “fully mature drinking now.” Finally, 1990, 1989 and 1982 “are still great at the top level” but “many a lesser wine” from these three celebrated years is “fading.”

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