The Bordeaux chateaux heard the requests and the pleas of the trade. The 2008 prices went down by about 40% for most estates. However there are a few significant exceptions. La Mission Haut-Brion came out at 110 euros and Haut-Brion at 150 euros – well above the four other First (Mouton, Latour, Laffite and Margaux sold at 100 and 110 €). Château Palmer came out at 80 euros, not very far from La Mission and well above the other Margaux wines of his category.
What does it mean? Those three estates have very strong and powerful images but very different histories. Haut-Brion and La Mission are now tied because they’re owned by the Dillon family but they have distinct history and wines. La Mission came up very strongly in quality