Monday, March 31, 2008

Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux 2005

Today is the official start of the Bordeaux 2007 primeurs campaign, which will run for about a week. Owing to unforeseen circumstances I am not there, so this year I will not be tasting the baby wines. Too bad. But the good news is that later this week I will be in the Loire Valley instead. Tasting young but mature wines. I shall report about that trip next week.

Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux 2005
Last week a good deal of my Bordeaux 2005's were delivered. Exciting - the wines that I bought en primeur two years ago.

As I was carrying these wines into my cellar, I realised that some of these bottles will only be dug up again when my son has grown up. We will hopefully drink these wines with him when he gets 18. Or when he graduates. A thought that I tried to share with him:

- How old are you?
- Three!
- OK. And see, these bottles here, are also three, just like you.
- (...)
- And when you've grown up, you and me will drink these wines together!
- Ja! (smiling)

So he got the point, and he observed me storing his bottles, for at least the next 15 years.

Among these new treasures is the Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux, the second wine of Château Margaux. Already gone up in price, and a possible item to sell. But I won't do that (I am very much looking forward to drinking it.)

Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux 2005
It is this 'tradeability' of the wine, and even more of its bigger brother Château Margaux 2005 - ten times more expensive -, that explains the interesting bottle bottom: the bottle's kick is decorated with something that looks like the château building. And there is the magical vintage 2005 printed in relief.

Child's play, this kind of anti-counterfeit measures, my son will think in many years. By that time a Château Margaux will have a built-in chip and a passport alike back label. Simply necessary with young bottles costing a fortune. With a release price of € 5.000,- per bottle the 2021 vintage appeared to be most extravagant year ever (with a quality level that resembles 1961, 2005 and 2012). Wines that aren't drunk any more, but have become financial assets, like the gold ingots that are safely tucked away in the safes of banks.

I hope, by then, my son and I still dare to drink our Pavillon Rouge... (And I hope my vision is wrong, I hope that everyone who truly loves wine will be able to buy Margaux again, and that these grand bottles do not go to ignorant rich Asians any more who happily mix it up with Coca-Cola - no joke, tomorrow it is the 1st of April, today it is not.)

Maybe it is healthy to miss out on the prices pushing primeurs lunacy...?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I received a magnum of Pavillon Rouge 2000 as a gift recently. The bottle bottom has no date or image as described in the post. It does appear to have some kind of glass molded codification and what looks like a laser inscribed number around the outside bottom of the bottle. What do you make of that?

David said...

I guess in 2000 they didn't have this special bottom yet.