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Robert Parker has finally released his scores for the Bordeaux 2013 vintage. Conspicuous by his absence at the traditional spring en primeur tastings in Bordeaux earlier in the year his scores for 2013 come as no surprise given his earlier comments about the vintage. He describes this challenging vintage as the most difficult since 1992, […]
With speculation linking recent bad weather in the UK to climate change, Vin-X takes a look at how this could affect the wine market in the future. Two weeks ago, I had the interesting experience of nearly driving my car into a river. The river was flowing across a local A road in Surrey at the […]
The success of Burgundy wines with trail-blazers such as Domaine de la Romanée-Conti has caught the interest of private equity players. Olma, is one such example, with a majority stake of Domaine Chanzy, who is planning an IPO (Initial Public Offer of shares in the company) to raise £5million in conjunction with a listing on […]
Baroness Philippine de Rothschild has died aged 80. She halted an acting career to take the reins of the famous wine dynasty in 1988 at the death of her father Baron Philippe de Rothschild. Known by many as “The Baroness”, she made a lasting impression on a male-dominated wine industry and continued to develop the […]
Treasury Wine Estates, the owner of Penfold’s Grange, Australia’s most iconic fine wine, has just announced large losses of just over AUD$100 million combined with profits falling by 33%. Despite both net sales and revenue falling new chief executive, Michael Clarke, is optimistic that he can turn the company around through increased marketing and continued […]
The time-honoured definition of a fine wine is one that improves with age as it evolves in bottle inside a cellar or bonded warehouse. A recent article by a Master of Wine who specializes in Bordeaux pinpointed the need for wine drinkers to be more closely aware of their vintages with particular reference as to […]
After 3 years of relative famine in Bordeaux fingers and toes are crossed that 2014 will be a return to a “normal” sized crop. The hopes are that a decent sized vintage will allow chateaux to produce approximately 50% more wine than they did in 2013 which was a very small vintage in terms of […]
A salutary article this week emphasises how important it is that investment grade wine is always stored in a government bonded warehouse. Not only does wine stored in bond have perfect provenance because the wine can be tracked from the chateaux to the ultimate consumer but more importantly it ensures that it is stored at […]
A recent study underlines what we have always believed at Vin-X. Namely that if you invest in the wines from the top chateaux in Bordeaux in the long run your investment performance will outstrip that of most other investable assets. Wines to invest in include the First Growths naturally, the Super Seconds and the top […]
The forecast for our second day on the 2014 Bordeaux harvest was heavy showers and exquisite wine and the day commenced with sunshine in the vines at Chateau Angelus. Home of the de Bouard family since 1782, Angelus has been considered one of the top Right Bank estates since 1989 and in 2012 was awarded […]