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Pape Clement 2012 On The Rise?

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One year ago it was observed that Pape Clement 2012 offered relative value as one of the top five Bordeaux reds in Robert Parker’s in-bottle report of the 2012 vintage. He upgraded it to 97 points from a barrel range of 92-95 points and described it as “a candidate for near-perfection”.

Bordeaux 2005 Retrospective: Reaping The Benefits One Year Later

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A year after Robert Parker’s much anticipated retrospective of the Bordeaux 2005 vintage, which estates have profited the most? It would appear that while some wines have continued to roll on since last summer’s report, not all of the 2005s have experienced even a small boost in price.

Haut Brion 2012 On The Move

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While only a handful of Bordeaux 2015s have traded since release, the vintage is nonetheless of interest to merchants. Margaux, Canon and Lafite 2015 – which has traded – are the most searched for wines on Liv-ex over the last month.

Is There A Coming Burgundy Apocalypse?

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For years, vintages of Burgundy have been smaller and smaller, while prices have gone up and up. Rain, floods, and hailstorms have decimated vineyards since 2010, especially in the Côte de Beaune (the southern part of the famous limestone strip that’s home to the most famous vineyards). Growers invested in weird anti-hail devices, but, alas, they haven’t worked. Regional businesses are facing a crisis of how to survive.

Sotheby’s To Host An Ex-Cellar Sale Featuring Wines From La Mission Haut-Brion

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Sotheby’s will host an ex-cellar sale featuring wines from La Mission Haut-Brion in New York this October. The sale will cover 270 lots, with wines spanning 1916 to 2012 and including some of the estate’s rare white wine which is produced in tiny quantities.

Perfection For 2015 Cheval Blanc?

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Cheval Blanc 2015 has been released at $611 per bottle ex-negociant, up 50% on 2014 ($407). It is being offered by the international trade at $7,642 per 12×75. This is 52.9% higher than the opening price of the 2014 ($4,998).

Rare Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Sold At Sotheby’s Auction

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Six bottles of 1926 Vosne-Romanée ‘Les Gaudichots’ from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti have sold for over $70,000 at Sotheby’s recent London sale. DRC dominated the sale, held on 15 June, with buyers focusing on half cases of 1990 Romanée-Conti, La Tâche and Richebourg.

Mouton Rothschild 2015 Released

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Mouton Rothschild 2015 has been released at $432 per bottle ex-negociant, up 60% on 2014. It is being offered by the international trade at $6,652 per 12×750. This is 83.6% higher than the opening price for the 2014.

Bordeaux 2015: Most Expensive Since 2010

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Price increases for the Bordeaux 2015 vintage compared with 2014 are averaging about 15 percent so far and in some cases have reached 20 percent or more, often making the critically acclaimed new wines just being released to buyers the most expensive in the market since the 2010 crop.

Lafleur 2015 Released: A “Standout” Of The Vintage

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Lafleur 2015 has been released and is being offered by merchants at $6520 per 12×750.

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