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Pape Clement 2015 Released

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Pape Clement 2015 has been released at €58.8 per bottle ex-negociant, up 18.1% on the 2014 release price of €49.8. It is being offered by the international trade for £625 ($902.36) per 12×75. This places it above the other four most recent vintages, but represents a significant discount on 2005, 2009 and 2010.

‘Sun’s Come Out’ for Bordeaux 2015

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The quality of the 2015 vintage being presented to merchants over the past month makes it feel like the “the sun’s come out” for the Bordeaux region, according to Robert Wilmers, M&T Bank Corp. chairman and chief executive officer and owner of Chateau Haut Bailly, a grand cru classe wine estate south of the city.

A New Dawn For Bordeaux, Or Is The Sun Setting On En Primeur?

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It started innocuously enough with a headline on Monday morning in the local Sud Ouest newspaper that proclaimed the Bordeaux 2015 vintage was the ‘last chance to save the en primeur system’.

April Auctions Announced By Sotheby’s And Christie’s

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Sotheby’s sale on 13 April will feature a “superb collection” of claret from the 1980s and 1990s, featuring 1990 La Mission Haut-Brion, 1995 Mouton Rothschild, 1996 Haut-Brion, 1986 Pichon Comtesse de Lalande and 1998 Latour and Lynch Bages among much more.

Sotheby’s To Auction 20,000 Bottles From William Koch’s Cellar

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On May 19, 20,000 bottles of wine from William Koch’s cellar will go to auction at Sotheby’s. The blockbuster sale, spread across three days (May 19–21), represents close to half of the billionaire’s total collection and was acquired over the course of nearly 40 years.

Château Latour 2000 and Les Forts de Latour 2009 Release

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Latour released its latest set of wines on Tuesday 22 March, as part of its new strategy of putting mature wines onto the market rather than selling them before bottling under the Bordeaux en primeur system.

Bordeaux 2012: On A Roll

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Bordeaux 2012 was not an immediate success on the secondary market. Between En Primeur release and this time last year – when the wines had become physical – the overall value of those within the Bordeaux 500 index had dropped by 2.6%. Trading activity was also low: the vintage had accounted for just 2.9% of Bordeaux trade.

Château Angelus Managing Director, “I Don’t Want Our Wine In Funds”

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Stéphanie de Boüard, managing director of Château Angelus, is battling to keep the estate’s wines away from investment funds and into consumers’ glasses.

Is A Burgundy Wine Shortage Looming?

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Burgundy wines may become even more difficult to find because of vine disease and smaller harvests from aging vineyards, according to a new report by the region’s wine council. While demand for Burgundy is strong, and prices for top wines remain high, overall harvest size is set to shrink – and not just due to the perennial threat of hail storms.

Lafite 2003 Leads Liv-ex Trading by Value in Past Week

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Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2003 was the most traded wine by value on the London-based Liv-ex wine market in the week to Feb. 11, closely followed by Chateau Latour 2009, according to data from the exchange on its market blog.

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