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Is The 1855 Bordeaux Classification Still Relevant Today?

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photo: Chateau Margaux

Liv-ex Releases The 2015 Power 100

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Liv-ex has released the tenth edition of the Liv-ex Power 100 – the annual list of the most powerful brands in the fine wine market.

Is The Price Of Rarity Justified?

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As Burgundy’s prices continue to either stay high or get higher as top Bordeaux gets cheaper, how high is too high for Burgundy?

‘Sale Of The Decade’ To End Sotheby’s Season

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Sotheby’s will end its 2015 season with “one of the finest wine collections” it has offered in London “in over a decade”.

Has The Fine Wine Market Balanced Out?

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In 2010, as the fine wine bull market neared its peak, Bordeaux accounted for 95.7% of trade by value on Liv-ex. It was the year of the 2009 En Primeur release, and that vintage alone accounted for 13.2% of trade. Other regions barely registered: Champagne, the second strongest, took just 1.2%.

Hopes High For “Magnificent” Bordeaux Vintage

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Producers in Bordeaux are gearing up for what they hope will be a “magnificent” 2015 vintage, with one winemaker describing it as a “euphoric bounce back from the difficulties of 2013”. Releasing a statement detailing its assessment of the 2015 vintage today, the Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) said “ideal weather conditions”, with a cool winter, warm and dry spring, followed by a dry and sunny September.

Bordeaux 2015 Hype Continues To Grow

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Reports that Bordeaux may be on the cusp of a great vintage in 2015 have been strongly supported by one of the region’s leading negociants. Renaud Ruer, himself a winemaker in the past, concedes, however, that some appellations had better weather conditions than others and likens the harvest to a north-south divide rather than a Left or Right Bank year.

Bordeaux 2015 Harvest Is In The Books

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The Bordeaux 2015 harvest is now complete – and expectations for the quality of the vintage are high. With the last of the Cabernets having been picked in Saint Emilion during the penultimate week of October, the Bordeaux 2015 harvest finally drew to a close. It seems a long time since the first bunches of Sauvignon were snipped from the vines in Pessac-Léognan at the end of August.

Fine Wine Drifts In October, Still In Positive Territory For Year

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Trading activity on the Liv-ex exchange reached its highest level since March but the Fine Wine 100 index went down 0.6%, following a flat August and September. Nonetheless, the index is still in positive territory on the year-to-date, up 0.7%.

Harvest 2015: Northern Rhône Winemakers Report A Very Promising Vintage

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Across the Northern Hemisphere, winemakers in many regions are reporting one of the earlier grape harvests they’ve seen. They’re scrambling to pick fruit and find tank space.

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