I just spoke on the phone with Paul Pontallier, the extremely charming Director of Château Margaux. Although the call was unconnected with the 2010 Bordeaux vintage, I couldn’t resist asking him about it.
He told me that Château Margaux 2010 is ““Wonderful. We are still in an extraordinary mood because the whole summer has been wonderful and the harvest conditions were superb. 2010 promises to be, will be, an extraordinary vintage, which is hard to believe after the wonderful 2009. It’s hard to believe that it will be as great as 2009 but it’s a fact.”
I have an open invitation to visit Château Margaux, which I’ve been to once before. Doubtless the 2010 will be a lovely wine – but what about the price? The 2009 was sold en primeur in London at £9,000 ex-duty and VAT. M Pontallier’s comments lead me to believe that the price for the 2010 will not be less than that of the 2009.