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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) […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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
As the fine wine market readies itself for the coming recovery, voices hailing the end of the downturn are beginning to grow in volume and number. In particular, the current value to be found in wine investment is generating real buzz amongst those in the know. Chris Smith, investment manager at the Wine Investment Fund, […]