Parker: An Amazing Wine In Every Sense
Of proprietor Alfred Tesseron’s 100-point 2009 Château Pontet-Canet, Robert Parker wrote: “A wine of irrefutable purity, laser-like precision, colossal weight and richness, and sensational freshness, this is a tour de force in winemaking that is capable of lasting 50 or more years…Anticipated maturity: 2025-2075.” Among the First Growths, only Haut-Brion (100 points/$730) and Latour (100/$1,150) kept pace. Mouton Rothschild (99/$640), Lafite (99+/$830), and Margaux (99/$770) all finished a step behind! Just 75 bottles are up for grabs of this investment-grade Pauillac, each drawn straight from the cellar where it was bottled. At an extremely competitive $299 per bottle for perfect condition and provenance, if you’ve waited to secure any 2009 blockbusters, let today be your lucky day.
If you’re not an avid Bordeaux collector, and you want to quickly understand what Robert Parker has meant to a $40 billion industry, consider the following: Thirty years ago, the one-time attorney rocked the wine world when he posted six 100-point reviews on 1982 Bordeaux. How have those ratings impacted prices? We purchased a case of 1982 Château Mouton Rothschild in 1985 for $480. Had we been patient enough to hold on to that case, we’d be reselling it today for $14,000 on the auction market!
During our weeklong stay in Pauillac almost two years ago, we met a 26-year-old PhD candidate in statistics who had spent months studying prices on the Place de Bordeaux. Her conclusion, after analyzing hundreds of vintages over dozens of vintages? “There are zero degrees of separation between a Parker score and today’s offer price!”
What does this mean to Bordeaux investors as it relates to prices of the 29 wines from 2009 that garnered 100-point scores from The Wine Advocate? Prices are soaring, few more dramatically than what we and Robert Parker believe to be one of the most stupendous Left Bank Bordeaux of the last several decades — the 2009 Château Pontet-Canet.