A Plea for Sanity
Kudos to Jancis Robinson, who this week published an article suggesting that wine writers stop playing monkeys to the organ grinders and hold off on releasing their Bordeaux en primeur scores until after the chateaux have set opening prices. As Jancis surely anticipated, and as subsequent comments from Robert Parker and the Wine Spectator’s Thomas Matthews affirmed, her proposal was a non-starter. Still, I think it was admirable of Jancis, who is a major critic herself, to so forthrightly acknowledge that the en primeur charade mainly serves the interests of producers and to issue this plea for some true consumer advocacy. Credit, too, to Anthony Hanson, who gave Jancis the idea for a journalistic embargo, and whose deliciously biting remarks are included in her piece, which is well worth a read.