Three Reasons to Drink Bordeaux

It’s time to give Bordeaux another chance!Harry Dalian

For centuries, Bordeaux is what the upper class drank. Bordeaux has been mentioned in many diaries from ages ago mentioning certain types of Bordeaux. Even Richard Nixon was known to enjoy a glass of Château Margaux. Recently, it’s been seen that Bordeaux has become the first choice of drink of internet moguls, hedge fund managers, and Chinese billionaires.

Simply stated, Bordeaux as a whole has never been better. The wines from the top 60 produces of red wine originally designated as classé in 1855 are representing a small fraction of the world’s largest wine region by volume.

The result after removing the classified growths from consideration is that most of these wines are actually to expensive for regular consumption. The vast sea of wine, some good, some not so good, and most lie somewhere in between. Recently, there is more good wine than bad.

Most of the wines that you’ll find in markets today are produced in the excellent supper-ripe 2009 vintage, the more structured but still-ripe 2010 or the charming 2011 vintage. Viticulture and winemaking have been improved throughout the region of Bordeaux. There are still however some challenging vintages -2012 and 2013- and for the most part, the days of thin, weedy, harshly tannic wines are over. The Bordeaux wines are surprisingly affordable. There are hundreds of wines from the 2009-2012 vintages that are rated ‘Very Good’ or ‘Excellent’ for less than $40.

With the balanced use of oak and moderate alcohol levels and the generally refreshing acids, the Bordeaux wines are impressively versatile at any occasion. In a world of constantly improving on the latest and greatest, it is worth remembering that even a conservative region like Bordeaux changes over time and now is the time to rediscover it’s gifts.

1. Chateau Carignan (Premieres Côtes de Bordeaux): The 2009 is mostly suppleness and warmth, all while the 2010 shows more structure.

2. Chateau Maison Blanche (Médoc): This Merlot-based wine is round and ripe.

3. Chateau de Sours (Bordeaux): An approachable wine marked by ripe fruit and finely balanced oak tastes.


Online Wine Auctions Change Market

Harry Dalian, Wine OnlineChristie’s, an established wine auctioning firm, turns approximately seventy five million dollars in profit a year from the sale of their products.  However, according to Per Holmberg, a large portion of that is attributed to their implementation of online auctions. An article recently completed by Wine Searcher detailed the effect online wine auctions are having on the entire industry, but in particular, Christie’s wine auctions.

According to Holmberg, online auctions are the best way to get started in buying wine at auctions.  Prices are

Harry Dalian, Buying Wine Online

 generally lower, particularly when the consumer considers what is for sale.  Vintages can be quite a deal via online auctions; wines produced in 2007 and 2008 that were very expensive upon their initial release have come down remarkably in price via online auctions.

Online auctions have also infused a younger generation with a passion for

Christie’s holds six online auctions annually.  In these auctions, a variety of products are offered, often mixed cases with a variety of bottles.  E-Sniping can be an issue, however, according to Holmberg; in the closing moments of a bid, outside parties make top bids, beating out a dedicated enthusiast who has followed the auction for quite some time.  Christie’s resolution for this issue relies on the computer, which can recognize when e-sniping is occurring and automatically adds an extra three minutes to the auction, providing the dedicated bidder with a chance to regain the top bid.  Counterfeit wines can also be an issue, although not one specific to just the world of online auctioning.  Holmberg says the wine industry is no different than watch or purse productions; fakes are always a possibility.  However, he does reassure that Christie’s does their very best to prevent profiting off of a bottle that has been counterfeited.purchasing wines.  Typically, theaverage buyer of wine is a male within the ages of thirty-five and fifty-five.  However, online auctions increase the ease and price wine can be purchased at, which has brought in significantly younger buyers.