2012 Bordeaux – Troplong Mondot, Petit Village, Giscours

by Charles Lea

With Robert Parker’s scores out, and in particular聽his headline ‘Train Wreck Coming?‘聽one might have hoped for a bit of realism, but instead we got three wines today trying to capitalise on pretty good notes. Parker warns:

‘Bordeaux is聽 at a crossroads. While it provides indisputably the world鈥檚 greatest wine,聽 produces the largest quantity of great wines on planet Earth, and will never聽lose favor, concerns must be raised about the viability of buying Bordeaux as a wine future if prices do not drop and make such a proposition attractive聽 to the wine trade as well as to the ultimate drinker of this product, the wine聽 consumer!
If the movers, shakers and powers that be in Bordeaux don鈥檛 listen,聽 there is no tomorrow’
However, he does go on to say that while ‘None of the (2012)wines possess the concentration, opulence, texture or full-bodied majesty of the聽 2009s and 2010s … I do think that at the top level, the 2012s are clearly聽 superior to the 2011s. It also has the advantage of being relatively聽 approachable in its youth.


Market reaction to today’s releases聽has been muted and it is not entirely suprising, the biggest name of the three, Troplong Mondot, has a claim聽 – from Mr Parker at least, to be one of the stars of the vintage and the price (拢595/doz) relative to the score (94-96)聽is not absurd compared to some – except that you can buy several vintages of Troplong for less and not have to wait so long or take the risk of an ‘in-bottle’ downgrade.

Petit Village, under the ownership of the AXA Millesimes group with Ch芒teau Pichon Longueville Baron, is also obviously buoyed up by Pomerol being declared the most susccessful area in 2012, and again has released its wine at a level at which it is possible to buy several earlier vintages, including the 2009. While it is true that investment here is finally paying off, and the wine is聽good, this is rather running ahead of the game as far as price for notoriety is concerned.

And then there is Giscours. Now I know that this wine has a following from way back, but by our tastings this is really this is a pretty weak effort and if you buy this in preference to Talbot, for example, I think it would have to be for sentimental reasons. That said it was well-tasted by both Jancis Robinson (17/20) and Steve Spurrier (17/20).