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With the bell tower of Angelus behind us and after a reviving lunch at Café Lavinal in Pauillac, where some excellent foie gras was perfectly accompanied by a velvety Sauternes, we arrived at Pontet-Canet. We were warmly welcomed by owner Alfred Tesseron and his niece Melanie to the chateau, which nestles in the Pauillac appellation […]
Everyone likes a chart that counts down to Number 1 and this week’s Liv-ex blog is no exception in that it reinforces the status quo but yet throws up a few interesting new entries and some big risers and fallers. Their chart concentrates on the most viewed brands on their website in the first 6 […]
Sylvie Cazes, former owner of Pichon Lalande and probably the most influential lady in Bordeaux, has bought her first significant chateau on the Right Bank. She already owns Lynch- Bages and Ormes de Pez in the Medoc so this looks like a move not only to diversify her chateaux holdings away from the Left Bank […]
Baron Philippe de Rothschild is on the litigation path over the name Mouton, and not for the first time. This time the offender is Domaine Mouton, a small-scale Burgundy estate with 12 hectares of land. “They say I’m a usurper,” says Laurent Mouton, owner of the estate which has borne his family name for three […]
Many in Bordeaux continue to feel bullish about the 2013 vintage, with Olivier Bernard going far enough to say that all of the wine will have sold within three years. Indeed, early releases have seen some reduced prices, with Pichon Baron down 17% from 2012. However, many feel that the Châteaux have lost touch with […]
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 […]