Saturday, January 19, 2008

Parker Incapacitated-Last Call on '05 Bordeaux

Eminent critic Robert Parker is currently dosed up on drugs following back surgery and not drinking any wine. Normally, he'd be tasting in Bordeaux in advance of his third and definitive rating. Meanwhile, the Bordelais with their very expensive product must be waiting with bated breath for his recovery and his final scores. This may be the last opportunity to get your hands on the "vintage of the century." After the scores come out (and I'd be shocked if they are anything but up, up, up), the wines will most likely go from outrageously expensive, to astronomical to gone baby gone.

Quite frankly, the only reason I follow Parker's advice on BDX is that you know the prices are going to skyrocket on the best rated wines and get out of reach. As an actual guide based on the taste, rather than pricing trends, I much prefer Neal Martin's reviews. He's been a real breath of fresh air over at the Wine Advocate, bringing a disparate view to a publication that has long been dominated by one voice (and one palate). I find the most useful thing is to try to triangulate between the two of them, as a truly great wine will appeal to any palate.

1 comment:

Jack at Fork & Bottle said...

"I find the most useful thing is to try to triangulate between the two of them, as a truly great wine will appeal to any palate."

I wonder how true this is. Do you think a great Gravner white would be enjoyed by Parker? What about an old Vin Jaune? (Great sherries, too, don't seem to be appreciated by the majority of wine geeks.) And then there's non-wine geeks...