Berrys says Bordeaux 2010 is 'on a par with 1961, 1982 and 2005'

11 May, 2011

Berry Bros & Rudd believes that the 2010 Bordeaux wines are among the greatest the region has produced – yet may be priced less expensively than the 2009s.

Sales and marketing director Simon Staples, said: “We love 2010 Bordeaux, particularly the reds.

“As a vintage 2010 is on a par with 2005 and, across the board, better; it’s more defined and more exciting than 2009 and the quality level goes far deeper and further down the hierarchy than last year.

“In my opinion it can hold its own with 2005, 1982 and 1961.”

Growing demand from China is expected to keep prices high, but Staples thinks the excess of 2009 may be avoided.

“I have a theory that those chateaux, even the First Growths, selling at 1,500+ will flounder a little on release and end up having to be slightly cheaper than 2009 in order to sell. It’s only a theory so please don’t shoot the theorist if it’s not the case.”




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