The Sage of Monkton Pronounces

Robert Parker’s assessment of the 2011 vintage in Bordeaux

Indisputably the most influential critic of the Bordeaux market, Robert Parker Junior issued his initial pronouncements on the 2011 vintage on Friday.

David Allen MW comments – “Robert Parker is pretty much spot on with regard both to the quality of the vintage and the state of the market. Alas his sage views are often overlooked in preference to his scores for individual wines, so I thought I’d share a few choice quotations from his overview.

Broadly speaking he is upbeat about wine quality and downbeat about pricing.

Parker on 2011 quality
Parker was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the vintage, saying so several times calling it “The surprisingly successful 2011 red and white Bordeaux”.

He adds “This is a much better vintage than I thought it was before my trip to Bordeaux”

“could turn out to be close in overall quality to years such as the underrated 2001 and 2008.”

“the wines are better than expected.”

Parker on 2011 Pricing
Mr Parker does not mince his words with regard to pricing

“…this is the type of vintage where the producers should price low and sell as quickly as possible, giving consumers something to get excited about.”

 “…the 2011s are largely going to bomb as ‘wine futures’ unless the prices are dramatically decreased.”

Robert Parker 2011 vintage summary
“A lot of good winemaking has produced excellent wines throughout Bordeaux, but will they sell if prices do not drop significantly?” 

Clearly he is not confident that producers will cut prices sufficiently to make the 2011s worth buying. Let’s hope for all of us he is wrong!

David Allen MW

Parker’s Picks for 2011
Here are some of Robert Parker’s top scoring wines of the 2011 vintage:
Click on the wine name below to read David Allen MW’s tasting notes.

Ausone 96-100*
Chateau Margaux 94-96+
Vieux Chateau Certan 94-96
Cheval Blanc 94-96
Mouton Rothschild 93-96
La Mission Haut Brion 93-95
Latour 93-95
Pontet Canet 93-95
Ducru Beaucaillou 93-95

*Ausone is the only potential 100 Parker point wine of 2011



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