A waiter is pouring generous rations of wine in the private dining salon of Chateau Margaux on the left bank of the Gironde estuary in southwestern France. Baccarat crystal schooners are filled to the brim with one of the world’s rarest liquid investments. The costly history of downing Chateau Margaux unfolds.
Karl Lagerfeld provoked both boos and cheers for his rustic sketch of Chateau Rauzan-Segla on the 2009 label of the Bordeaux estate, celebrating its 350th anniversary. The wine inside, though, is no dashed-off impression.
In 2010, I once again sipped thousands of wines looking for the few worth recommending. I’m happy to report I found more compelling high quality wines than ever -- especially from the 2009 vintage in Germany, Beaujolais, Bordeaux, and Burgundy -- among a sea of plonk and expensive disappointments. Here are my 10 picks of the year.
Sotheby’s sold 1.36 million pounds ($2.19 million) of wine at a London auction yesterday in which eight of the top 10 lots were from Burgundy and all buyers of those wines were Asian, it said in an e-mail today.
A case of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 1986 fetched 13,225 pounds ($21,300) at a Sotheby’s auction of vintage Bordeaux in London, below highs earlier this year as the top six lots all went for less than their presale estimate.