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Could the Wine in Your Cellar be Your Best Investment?

When it comes to investment, it seems business and pleasure need not be oil and water to one another. Forbes has examined the idea of ‘hobby investing’ where certain assets may have been bought primarily for personal interest but have become rewarding additions to investors’ portfolios. Fine wine is singled out as especially attractive given […]

Category: Wine Investment

Lafite adopts a different approach in 2013

Today we visited Lafite, and learned that the 2013 version of the iconic brand has, like Margaux, adopted a ‘different way’ to combat the challenges imposed by conditions last year. Lafite 2013 is constructed of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot. Lafite has adopted a similar strategy before with 1961 (99% Cabernet, 1% Petit Verdot) […]

Category: Wine Investment

Will Margaux 2013 prove to be a future collectable?

The Bordeaux tastings took Vin-X to First Growth Margaux yesterday morning. Another victim of the disastrous Medoc harvest last year, the wine-makers at this venerable chateau (a favourite of Thomas Jefferson and the home of the first claret to be auctioned at Christies in 1771), have innovated with the 2013 vintage – brave and maybe […]

Category: Wine Investment

Marques de Caceres forced to purchase 100 hectares of vines to fulfil shortfall

The well known Rioja producer has been forced to purchase 100 hectares of vines to fulfil a shortfall in white grapes in Rioja. Christina Forner told decanter.com: ‘In recent years, the DOCa Rioja has lost opportunities to strengthen its volumes of white wines. This situation has driven us to invest in Rueda at the end […]

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Where’s the Value in 2013?

Having tasted Angelus, Yquem and Cheval Blanc with Master of Wine, Hugo Rose, earlier this week, day 3 commenced with the arrival of Jane Masters MW to join us on the tastings. The first offering was a rather ‘green’ Margaux, followed by Cos D’Estournel which showed well and endorsed the view that the Northern Left […]

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100 point luxury: Parker launches lifestyle magazine

Omniscient wine critic and market maker Robert Parker has launched a new magazine aimed at high net worth individuals, to be called ‘100 Points by Robert Parker.’ The new quarterly will cover “lifestyle products, services and experiences,” though it will not “comment on, critique or evaluate” wines. Click here for the full article: http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2014/03/parker-launches-luxury-lifestyle-mag

Category: Wine Investment

En Primeur 2013: Pontet-Canet first out of the blocks

And they’re off! Today has seen the first new release from the 2013 En Primeur campaign. In a vintage that has been challenging to say the least, Pontet Canet have released at the same price as last year, in order to offset a 50% drop in yield from the 2012 vintage. Following on from calls […]

Category: Wine Investment

China ends anti-dumping probe against French producers

In a move which will give comfort to European producers, the European Commission said on Friday that China’s probe into suspected ‘dumping’ by French wine producers has been ended. The probe originally began in what was perceived as a tit-for-tat reaction to the EU’s similar probe into the sale of Chinese solar panels in Europe. […]

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Bordeaux 2013: Winemakers call for sensible pricing as En primeur draws closer

With just weeks to go until tasting of the 2013 vintages begin, voices from within the industry have highlighted the need for the Châteaux to learn their lesson from 2011 and 2012, and release their wines at the right price for the market. Alain Raynaud, president of the Grand Cercle de Bordeaux winemakers group, says […]

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Harper’s Mark Fiddes bleacher report on the ‘wine world cup’

With anticipation growing for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil, Harpers’ Mark Fiddes takes a whimsical look at the recent ‘wine world cup.’ Click here for the full article: http://www.harpers.co.uk/opinion/mark-fiddes-sorts-the-messis-from-the-rooneys-in-the-wine-world-cup/355553.article

Category: Wine Investment