Silly season is due to start any day now. The bullshit is already starting to pile up, and we face a challenging decision ahead of us. Should we "invest" any money in 2006 bordeaux or give it a bodyswerve. My gut instinct is to give it a miss this year. The skinny Im getting from a few folks on the inside is that the 2006's arent worth the money they are anticipated to be offered for. Many merchants went wild on the 2005's and some are still sitting on stock of them to shift. Parker has just given 2005 another big thumbs up, and a slightly more reserved praise for a select few estates in 2006.
Our dilemma lies in the fact that if we skip purchasing this year, we damage our potential to purchase next year - particularly with Domaine de la Romanee Conti. Its made slightly worse by the opinions that generally Pomerol is the region to watch this campaign. That inevitably means Petrus and its stable mates - La Fleur Petrus, Hospitalet de Gazin, Hosanna, La Grave a Pomerol all the glory wines of J.P.Moueix. Still I think we need to rethink our purchasing plan and so my instinct to skip it still holds strong. But until we see the prices, we cant say for sure what way we will go.