Robert Parker has finally released his scores for the Bordeaux 2013 vintage. Conspicuous by his absence at the traditional spring en primeur tastings in Bordeaux earlier in the year his scores for 2013 come as no surprise given his earlier comments about the vintage.

He describes this challenging vintage as the most difficult since 1992, 1991 and 1984 and has scored accordingly but recognizes that 2013’s wines are better than any of the former due to the current commitment and quality control practices of the top producers in Bordeaux.

Parker’s overall view is that the reds will be best consumed in the first decade after release. This short and early drinking window is one of the key factors when selecting wines for investment and one of the reasons that we have not engaged with 2013 en primeur.

However, Parker confirms our opinion that 2013 was an outstanding vintage for Bordeaux whites and this is where we will be monitoring value. Yquem has already been noted as the darling of the vintage, a Vin-X favourite, which Parker has compared to the legendary 2001.

His scores reflect the general opinion that this has been one of the hardest vintages for the First Growths and perhaps the worst since 2007, notably Lafite receiving one of its lowest ever score of 87–89.

To read further detail on Parker’s 2013 scores and his view on the Bordeaux pricing strategy.