Parker and ’06 Bordeaux

By June 26, 2008Critical Opinion

For those looking forward to an update from Robert Parker on the Bordeaux 2006 vintage, the latest news is that you are going to have to wait. Parker normally gives an update on the vintage from two years previously at the end of June each year, with a number of wines having their score ranges upgraded or downgraded. Due to health issues (now resolved) it appears that this step will be missed altogether, as stated on his bulletin board.

"As some of you know..my schedule this year was disrupted in January and February by major spinal surgery…which I am happy to report was an incredible success( dancing and gyrating on The Great Wall…treking 8+ miles through torrid heat,humidity,and pollution in Beijing proved that)….I will retaste the 2006s…from bottle in November…so in short….no round# 2 prior to bottling…just a post-bottling report…but to appear earlier than usual given the travel schedule this year.."

This means, of course, that the prices of many of the 2006s are likely to remain relatively stable. As we have highlighted before, a number are still available at close to release price. Will the relative disinterest in the 2007 campaign  lead to a increase in demand for its (somewhat underrated?) predecessor, of which Neal Martin, among others, is a fan?