We found this interesting article on Wine Spectator: "Did China really save Bordeaux?" It gives some further insight into the success or lack thereof of the 2010 Bordeaux En Primeur campaign, and the role of Chinese /HK buyers:
Bordeaux, not unlike other Old World wine regions, is often perceived as a conservative place. However, what remains the world’s foremost wine region is in fact in constant change. The 2010 campaign confirmed the re-structuring of production in Bordeaux among the First Growths and their peers.
Decanter magazine has published an article examining the decision by Aussino Cellars, a leading retailer in mainland China that maintains 200 wine stores in 100 cities, to abruptly cancel its annual meeting with the Union de Grands Crus while stating that it intends to stop buying Left Bank and instead will inv
I find it slightly bizarre that the whole wine trade is occupied with Bordeaux En Primeur during nearly 3 months. The tastings were done in April and the last of the reviews (Parker) were released at the end of April. Yet, a month and a half later, we’re all still waiting for the campaign to get serious. Frustration in the trade mounts and customer interest is waning.
Eyebrows rose yet again at further new records set for fine wine prices of Bordeaux first growths led by the Hong Kong offices of the major fine wine auction houses.
The quality of Bordeaux 2010, across the region, is very high. A raft of lesser known Cru Bourgeois and Petit Chateaux have produced beautiful wines, at accessible prices. Wines that have something to say about the place in which they are grown. As money chases the big guns, such chateaux have been widely hailed as offering some of the best value to be found in the fine wine market.
Robert Parker has released his in-bottle scores for 2008, the vintage that he previoulsy loved but that other critics weren’t as positive about. The result is quite extraordinary: the vintage as a whole is downgraded by a massive 1.18 point.
The Bordeaux 2010 En Primeur campaign has finally started. The tastings are done and reviews have been coming out thick and fast. The first wines have been released and once Robert Parker will release his scores (expected on the 3rd of May), we will see Chateaux step up the pace of releases.
Bordeaux 2010, as with Bordeaux 2009 before it, is a vintage born out of extremity. In opposition to the no less extreme but regular cycle of 2009, 2010 is the fruit of exceptional meteorological conditions that tested the vine to its limits. 2010 is an extreme vintage which, in this instance, went the right way.