Well it was a shock to many when the 2005 Bordeaux scores came out. Here's a roll call starting with the top scoring selections:
So many punters, including myself, were way off in predicting more 100 point wines. Parker himself admits that "most of the ratings that follow are on the conservative side, and I look forward to revisiting many of these 2005s in 5-10 years. I would not be surprised if they are even better then than the following laudatory comments suggest."
I am thinking many of those 98-100 point wines will be 100 point wines in due time. However many were disappointed still. Winners were of course Ausone and L'Eglise Clinet, the latter had a major run last week on the market. Calling in to several merchants there was clearly a lot of action, phones ringing off the hook to get this top tier. Prices jumped dramatically. Holders of wines like Latour and Le Pin were not happy to say the least, those wines faired poorly. 96 for Latour (not so bad) and 93 points for Le Pin (ouch, for a several thousand per bottle cost).
As Parker wraps up his notes he says the following:
"For the American market, the prices are especially exacerbated by the weak dollar and our sub-prime crisis. Nothing short of a worldwide economic collapse will bring prices for the 2005s down."
If you add the dismissal of the 2007 vintage as a whole, the eyes will remain on 2005, 2003, and 2000 for the next few years.