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Probably the world’s most successful modern airline brand, Dubai-based Emirates, has announced this week that it has invested over US$500 million in fine wine over the last decade. Following an investment strategy which includes en primeur purchases, Emirates claims to hold 1.2million bottles in their own cellars in Burgundy where they are held for at […]
Sotheby’s in Hong Kong is set to auction the most valuable lot of fine wine ever at its October sale in Hong Kong. The previous record was set by 50 cases of 1982 Mouton Rothschild which sold for HK$ 8.2 million in 2006. The combined value of the 114 bottles of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti […]
Hindsight is always a great leveller when considering the past but in 2013 Liv-ex wrote a blog “What’s in a point” highlighting the difference in price between the 2009 and 2010 Montrose and suggesting that the gap was very large considering the small difference in quality. Furthermore Robert Parker gave a massive clue in his […]
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 […]
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 […]