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  Fine wine vs the alphabet
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Fine wine vs the alphabet

If you want your wine to be a world-beater, aside from a space age winery and top terroir, call it something beginning with “L”. This is the latest piece of scientific “fact” to which I have lately become privy, along with great Supe […]

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  Bordeaux 2013: What will the others do?
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Bordeaux 2013: What will the others do?

Out of the blocks well ahead of the pack on Wednesday was flying fifth Pontet-Canet. Tongues immediately began wagging as to how sensible a move it was and if setting the price at the same level as last year was justified before the wine had […]

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  Rhône icon makes top three at fine wine sale
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Rhône icon makes top three at fine wine sale

A case of 1978 Guigal La Mouline sold for double its high estimate at Christie’s London sale last week. The 12 bottles of the single vineyard wine from the northern Rhône was given a £8,000 to £10,000 estimate but was eventually sold fo […]

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  2013 Primeurs: St Estèphe to Margaux
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2013 Primeurs: St Estèphe to Margaux

Our first daily report from the en primeur tastings in Bordeaux. France woke up on Monday morning to the shock of Sunday’s municipal election results: a comprehensive routing of the Socialist Party across the country by the right-wing UMP […]

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  2013 primeurs: day two in the Médoc
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2013 primeurs: day two in the Médoc

The first day of the communal tastings with the Union des Grands Crus gives a broader appreciation of the vintage on the Left Bank. I used to love my annual meeting with Madame Capbern Gasqueton, the octogenarian former owner of Château Cal […]

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  Fine Wine 100 in free fall
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Fine Wine 100 in free fall

Liv-ex’s Fine Wine 100 index has fallen for the 12th consecutive month in March, an “unprecedented” milestone, while Pontet-Canets 2009 and 2010 vintages came under fire. The index, which charts the 100 top performing labels in the fin […]

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  2013 primeurs: the Right Bank
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2013 primeurs: the Right Bank

In Merlot country: criss-crossing St Emilion and Pomerol in search of the finest wines of 2013. The Merlot suffered the most in the wave of botrytis that swept the Bordeaux vineyard in the summer and autumn of 2013. Those who responded well […]

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  Fine wine vs gravity
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Fine wine vs gravity

Is there a link between the movement of the fine wine market and Felix Baumgartner’s death-defying leap from the edge of space? Source Liv-ex There is, it’s tangential at best like all the other entries in this series so far but if you’ […]

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  Bordeaux 2013: Gazin down €1
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Bordeaux 2013: Gazin down €1

As the en primeur tastings begin to wind down, Château Gazin has released with a small drop of just a euro on its 2012 price. Dropping 3%, the 2013 vintage is €38 a bottle ex-négociant compared to 2012’s €39 p/b and +32% on 2008’s € […]

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  2013 primeurs: Graves and Château d’Yquem
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2013 primeurs: Graves and Château d’Yquem

The final days tasting of Bordeaux 2013, and a summary of how to handle the ensuing campaign. At Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion the job of tasting is made easier by the peerless reception and the quiet, studious atmosphere. In a vintag […]

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