January 29, 2007
If you follow Burgundy, by now you may have heard the resounding roar that is echoing around the globe. The 2005 vintage has been declared the finest of our lifetime by leading Burgundy critic Allen Meadows, who is known for his very conservative scores and stance in general. For Allen to make such a bold statement is quite extraordinary, and it already causing shockwaves in the marketplace.
The demand for the 2005 wines, which has been steadily brewing over the past several months, has suddenly escalated to a fever pitch. (And the wines aren’t even in the country yet – some in fact have yet to be bottled!) We’re expecting arrival of our first container-load of the 2005s in late April. To get the wines to you at the best prices possible, we will be offering many of them on a pre-arrival basis in late February or early March – once our ocean freight costs are locked in, the final piece in knowing exactly what the wines will cost us.
We will offer these wines at a discount of 15-20% below retail, rather than jack the prices up to get whatever we can in this raging market. The one caveat is that you’ll need to act quickly, as supplies are very limited on the top wines, and the pre-arrival pricing window will only be open a short time. Watch your e-mail (or join our mailing list if you haven’t aready done so) for your first shot at these stunning wines.
The other good news that comes with all the 2005 hoopla is that prices will be going down shortly on the 2004 wines. We will be offering last-chance deals on the few remaining 2004s in the coming weeks – stay tuned!