Author Archives: Peter Shakeshaft


Finally, the First Growths’ 2017 releases hit the market with Mouton Rothschild out of the starting blocks at a 17% discount to 2016, but also with a reduction in the volume released. One of the most highly rated First Growths of the vintage, Mouton’s initial release price was at €348 per bottle ex-negociant and with […]


Probably the most iconic Californian Cult Wine, Screaming Eagle is rarely available outside the USA. With an average annual production estimated at 575 cases, the Napa Valley estate’s wines are consistently highly scored and prices achieved are often on a par with top Burgundies. A Parker favourited,  eight Screaming Eagle vintages have  previously received scores […]

Neal Martin and Antonio Galloni publish 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur scores

Finally, publishes the last key scores of the 2017 en primeur tastings from Antonio Galloni and Parker’s previously dubbed successor, Neal Martin. Antonio Galloni declares that “2017 is, in my opinion, very clearly a Right Bank vintage” and the best of St Emilion and Pomerol “are positively thrilling” listing seven of the top ten […]

James Suckling publishes 2017 Bordeaux vintage scores

Author: Peter Shakeshaft Suckling is generally the first of the top wine critics to publish his ratings of the latest Bordeaux vintage each Spring and as the trade is currently supping its way around the region’s chateaux a critical pointer is of interest. It is no surprise that Suckling refers to the reduced supply caused […]

Thoughts ahead of the Bordeaux 2017 En Primeurs Campaign

On the 9th of April the Bordeaux chateaux will open their doors to the world’s wine trade for the industry’s official sampling of the 2017 vintage. This annual gathering of global merchants and critics is one of the key events in the wine calendar and the success of a vintage campaign can determine the sentiment […]

Super Tuscan Masseto investing in new winery

    The Super Tuscans have enjoyed increasing take-up by investors as the market has broadened over the last five years. The wines of Masseto, Ornellaia, Sassicaia, Solaia and Tignanello may often achieve similar quality scores to those of the top Bordeaux chateaux, but without the brand profile of the 1855 classification and their Right […]

DRC £264,000 sale sets another fine wine record this month

One of the first fine wine auctions of the year at Christie’s London this month achieved another world record sale, keeping up the trend seen during 2017. A 12-bottle case of rare 1988 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Conti went under the hammer for £264,000. In 2017 a 12-bottle case of the same vintage raised £198,000, […]