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Royal Ascot is one of the sporting highlights of the English summer and I’ve been astute enough in the past to actually win a substantial four figure sum at the meeting. But that is very much the exception and I blew some of it on a well-known premium pink champagne. It is a little-known fact […]
In 2013 we advised our clients to diversify their portfolios by investing in selected vintage Champagne, in particular 2002 Dom Perignon rose and 2006 Cristal. It seems our selective stock picking has borne fruit as evidenced by a recent article. This confirmed the buoyancy of the Champagne market which has expanded its share of the […]
“Never put all your eggs in one basket” should be the canny mantra of any investor and the same is true of the fine wine market. Traditionally Bordeaux has always dominated any fine wine portfolio but in the 21st century there are now a handful of other wine-producing regions which may also claim to be […]
Now that all the bookies and pundits have had their say on the likely winners of the World Cup we thought it might be fun to ruminate on the winners of a global fine wine competition. France would be the undoubted favourites with a strike force like Burgundy, an effervescent Champagne midfield, the Bordeaux backbone […]
It sounds like a film that should star Audrey Hepburn but in fact refers to the end of vintage lunch at Krug's legendary Clos de Mesnil vineyard attended recently by one of Decanter's best writers. In a recent article she paints a wonderful picture of the attention to detail that Krug bring to the process […]
One of the world’s major wine producers is back on the market. Treasury Wine Estates (TWE), which owns important wine brands including Penfolds and Wolf Blass, has agreed to open its books to private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) which has placed a $3.4bn Australian dollar takeover bid (£1.88bn) on the company. […]
Sir Alex Ferguson continues to pocket profits from his wine investments in the second of three scheduled auctions. Christie's announced sales of just under £400,000 from 140 lots from the Sir Alex Ferguson CBE Collection with s magnum of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti 2002 Burgundy raising £16,450. The first of the three auctions in May […]
Tim Atkin, MW hosted the key debate for the wine investment market on the opening day at London Wine Fair this week, which considered the future of Bordeaux’s ailing en primeur system. The industry panel included current Head of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, Olivier Bernard, Christian Seeley, MD of AXA Millesimes who […]
With wine production regarded more and more as a science as well as an art, Vin-X examines a few of the more unusual tactics employed by different winemakers. What have you got in your garden shed? A lawnmower? A couple of rakes, some hedge trimmers? Perhaps even something a bit heavier like a chainsaw or […]
Drinks Business published their 2014 Champagne Report earlier this month updating the market on the 2030 initiative launched in 2012 to improve the long term value of the region and its wines. In response to the massive success of sparkling wines and the emerging power of this competition the two key organisations, the Union des […]