What’s in a point?

Montrose 2009 was released in bottle to great acclaim. In
February 2012 James Suckling declared that he was rendered ‘speechless’ by this ‘intense and refined’ wine, and awarded
it 100 points – which was matched by Robert Parker when he announced his own scores
a month later.

When Montrose 2010 was released the following year, it
seemed unlikely that it could live up to its legendary older sibling. The chart
below would certainly suggest that it failed to do so: the wine is £865 cheaper
than the 2009, whose price rocketed when its in-bottle scores were released.

It is therefore interesting to note that Montrose 2010 is a
99-point wine. Its high release price (€132 per bottle as opposed to €108 for the 2009) may
have had a detrimental effect, but it is surprising that Parker’s in-bottle
scores in March 2013 only gave its price a brief lift before its recent drift. The
2010 is currently 38% cheaper than the 2009 – a nice discount for a single point.Montrose_09vs10