Author Archives: Peter Shakeshaft

Bordeaux vintage rescores test Parker against successor Neal Martin

The responsibility for the Wine Advocate’s perspective on Bordeaux was passed last year from the wine world’s most influential critic, Robert Parker Jnr, to his appointed successor, Neal Martin. Much was made of the fact that the 2015 vintage en primeur tastings this Spring were the first without Parker and since then the market has […]


2014 En Primeur purchases show value of buying futures

The Vin-X team attended Bordeaux’s Union de Grand Cru trade tasting of the 2014 vintage in London last week, the opinion of which has evolved to now being determined as “a good vintage not yet showing at its best.” There has been ongoing industry debate over the last four en primeur campaigns (2012 – 2015 […]


Château Margaux appoints Philippe Bascaules as MD

Following the untimely death, this Spring of Paul Pontalier, Château Margaux has now announced the appointment of Philippe Bascaules as Managing Director to commence 1st March 2017. Bascaules currently runs Francis Ford Coppola’s Napa Valley-based Inglenook Winery and he will continue to oversee the 50-year vineyard plan he set in motion when he joined the […]


Demand for British-owned fine wine rises with Brexit currency moves

Media focus post the Conservative Party conference switched quickly from the UK’s stronger than forecast economic growth in the last period and is now zoned in on Sterling’s performance with the headline status of the £ reaching a “31-year’ low. With parity expected between GBP: Euro anytime soon the on-going currency volatility will prevail as […]


International Footballers take the Bragging Rights Once Again and Lead the Cricketers 7-3 in the Series

Authors: John Morris and Warren Rumsey Vale Do Lobo, Portugal once again hosted the annual International Footballers versus International Cricketers Golf Challenge this month.  Celebrating its 10th anniversary Alan Shearer, captain of the Footballers, gratefully received the trophy from Graeme Swann, the Cricketers captain, at the presentation evening held last Friday at the Dona Filipa […]