Posts Tagged: Bordeaux

What is the Difference Between Right Bank and Left Bank Bordeaux Wine

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There is a big difference between wines from the Right Bank and Left Bank, or should I say, there are several important distinctions between Bordeaux wines from the Left Bank and Bordeaux from the Right Bank. The terroir and soil are different. The percentages of grapes planted are not the same. The culture of each region differs and because each area has its own unique style and character, as you might expect, the wines are quite different as well. The wines from each area taste, smell, feel and age differently. And that is just to get things started. So, as you can see, there are very important differences between wines from the Left Bank of Bordeaux, when compared with wines from the Right Bank of Bordeaux.

Saint-Émilion’s Most Expensive Wines

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The Right Bank appellation of Pomerol is home to Petrus, one of Bordeaux’s most expensive wines; but how does neighboring Saint-Émilion measure up when it comes to price? Pretty well, depending on your point of view.

Bordeaux’s St.-Emilion Mandates Sustainable Viticulture

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Starting with the 2019 vintage, every bottle of St.-Emilion wine will have been made from grapes grown with sustainable farming methods, such as organic or biodynamic viticulture. The local wine council for four Bordeaux appellations has passed a measure mandating sustainable farming. Any wine not farmed sustainably may only be bottled as generic Bordeaux.

A Changing of the Guard at Bordeaux’s Iconic Lafite Rothschild

Domaines Barons de Rothschild

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Domaines Barons de Rothschild

Saving the World with Smith Haut Lafitte

Chateau Smith Haut Laffite

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Chateau Smith Haut Laffite

Spotlight on: L’Evangile 2005

L'Evangile label

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L’Evangile

Angelus Expands Second Label, Le Carillon d’Angelus

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Vinexpo Bordeaux Kicks Off This Week

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For the first six months of every second year, whispers circulate around the wine community of Bordeaux—will you be going to Vinexpo? Winemakers and merchants begin preparing for this sizable professional event weeks and sometimes months in advance. This year Vinexpo Bordeaux kicks off on the 18th of June and lasts through the 21st.

Bordeaux 2016: Will Politics Impact The Vintage?

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The big wine story is taking place in Bordeaux, where several thousand enthusiastic merchants and journalists are being welcomed. They’re swooping in from around the globe for en primeur, the region’s famous annual spring ritual. (Some call it a circus.)

Bordeaux 2016 En Primeur Begins To High Demand

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Olivier Bernard, head of the Union des Grands Crus (UGC), which is hosting Bordeaux 2016 en primeur tastings this week alongside individual estates, said that member estates have already seen 6,500 people come to taste. That’s around 2,000 more than normal at this stage.

A New Look Coming To Bordeaux?

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Traditional wine labels from the Bordeaux region of France are changing, slowly. Inspect a half-dozen labels: many include an image—drawn or photographed—of a stately country manor, often with vines planted out front. These less than exciting and hardly eye-catching images focus on the château (plural: châteaux)—the residence associated with a vineyard.

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.

Bordeaux Copyrights 1855 Under European Law

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Bordeaux châteaux making up the 1855 classification have copyrighted the term ‘1855’ in the European Union to deter others from misusing it in a wine context.

Fine Wine Market Resists Great Fall of China

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The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index closed 2015 largely unchanged from where it started a year earlier at just 0.1% below its December 2014 close. However, with most financial markets coming under considerable pressure in the second half of the year, the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 fared relatively better than many other financial assets and physical commodities.

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.

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%.

Wines Under Threat As Bordeaux Hit By Rising Temperatures

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This summer was a scorcher in France, the second hottest on record. For Bordeaux wine growers, those searing temperatures were the latest reminder that global warming is threatening to upend their world.

Bordeaux 2009 & 2010: Equal, Yet Unequal?

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A number of Bordeaux estates hold exactly the same score for their 2009 and 2010 vintages yet the pricing for both is rarely equal. Liv-ex recently pointed out the price disparity between the ’09 and ’10 vintages of Château Montrose where, despite both having 100-points from The Wine Advocate, the 2009 remains 12% more expensive than the 2010.

Lesser-Known Bordeaux On The Move

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First growth prices have fallen 39% since the market peaked in 2011. The last year has seen some recovery, with the Fine Wine 50 index rising 0.94%, yet it is undeniable that the headline numbers are negative. But are the first growths an accurate representation of the whole Bordeaux market?

Bordeaux On Track For Best Vintage Since 2010

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Château Cheval Blanc

Bordeaux First Growths: Haut Brion On The Move

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Throughout the China-led bull market, Lafite Rothschild dominated trade on the Exchange: during one week in July 2010 the Chateau represented 48% – nearly half – of all trading activity by value. Prices were flying and in November 2010 Lafite commanded an average of a 130% premium over other First Growths in the secondary market. At that time Lafite 2008, which was released with the Chinese number eight – a symbol of good fortune – etched onto the bottle, was trading for as high as £14,450 per 12×75.

Will 2015 Be A Legendary Bordeaux Vintage?

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Should dry, sunny conditions remain in Bordeaux, this year’s vintage could be an exceptional harvest – as good as the legendary 1982, according to Baron Philippe de Rothschild MD Philippe Dhalluin.

Bordeaux 2015: White Wine Harvest To Begin Next Week

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Chateau Haut-Brion said it was likely to begin its Bordeaux 2015 harvest for Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris at the end of next week, but a final decision was yet to be taken.
A summer heatwave is expected to cause a relatively early wine harvest across many northern hemisphere regions in 2015, from Piedmont and Rioja to Napa Valley in California and British Columbia in Canada.

Rare Selections of Burgundy and Bordeaux Up For Auction in September

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The third and final sale from the cellar of Graham Lyons has been announced. Lyons is known internationally for his meticulous collecting and with particular focus on some of the rarest collections of Burgundy and Bordeaux in existence.

Is Pape Clement One of the Most Undervalued Wines in the 2012 Bordeaux Vintage?

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Rated in the top five wines of the vintage by Robert Parker this May with 97-points, he labelled the Pape Clement an “iconic” example from the estate in what is quickly becoming apparently the most under-appreciated vintage from Bordeaux since the 2008s.

Is Now the Time to Buy a Case of Château Lafite?

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In 2011, Château Lafite Rothschild’s wines were riding high, the darlings of Chinese buyers and the auction market.

Liv-ex Updates Indices

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Liv-ex the fine wine marketplace has announced a number of updates to its various indices that track the world’s fine wine labels.

Bordeaux Liv-Ex Wine Market Trade Share Drops From 2014

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Bordeaux’s share of trade on the Liv-ex online wine market has fallen to a monthly average of 74 percent so far this year from 79 percent in 2014, according to the London-based exchange’s latest Cellar Watch market report.

China Finally Agrees to Give Bordeaux Respect

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There is cause for celebration among the top wine producers in the prestigious Bordeaux region of France, a tract that many collectors, investors and oenophiles agree produces the finest, most exquisite and certainly the most desired wines among all its competitors.  Why?  China, a huge player in the all-important, tremendously influential Asian wine market, has, after many years of discussion (plus a few more laden with pressure from the Bordelais) agreed to grant Bordeaux the status of a registered Geographical Indication, or GI.  The decision finally came after months of analysis by the Chinese  General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).  Officials from the AQSIQ are expected to recognize 45 Bordeaux appellations within the next two months, inspiring a strong sigh of relief among the Bordelais.

Half Of 100-Point Wines Under £5,000…Time To Buy?

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Over half of the 49 Bordeaux wines given a “perfect” 100-point score by Robert Parker since 2000 are currently trading below £5,000 a case ($7811).

Robert Parker Gives 10 Year Retrospective Of 2005 Bordeaux Vintage

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Twelve wines have been given “perfect” 100-point ratings in Robert Parker’s 10-year retrospective of the 2005 Bordeaux vintage. The vintage now has the second largest number of 100 point wines, behind the 2009s which have 19 in total.

Understanding the Bordeaux 1855 Classifications

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photo: Chateau Margaux

Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 Index Grows In June

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The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 gained 0.9% in June to close on 244.08. This puts it up 3.4% on the level of June 2014, bringing it back into positive territory over a one year period for the first time since November 2013.

Is The Bordeaux 2015 Vintage Showing Early Signs Of Greatness?

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Chateau owners in Medoc say the Bordeaux 2015 vintage has got off to a good start following excellent flowering conditions in the vineyard, despite some concerns over recent rain, putting chateaux owners in an optimistic mood, with several describing conditions as ‘perfect’.

2014 Bordeaux Sales Being Driven By American Buyers

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North American collectors bought 70 percent of Bordeaux 2014 wine futures transacted this year through Sotheby’s Wine as the amount sold rebounded from the previous two vintages to climb back close to volumes achieved in 2011.

Liv-ex May Recap

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May kept most of the industry’s focus on the En Primeur campaigns, but trading continued on the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 and the Liv-ex Fine Wine 50. Both ran mostly flat for the month with the Fine Wine 100 drifting down 0.06% and the Fine Wine 50 gaining only 0.08%.

Back Vintages Stealing Spotlight From Bordeaux 2014?

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As prices are announced for the 2014 Bordeaux vintage, older vintages are taking some of the spotlight away. Back vintages are standing out as a real value, particularly those predating the high-quality 2009 and 2010 crops. Many industry veterans feel the more mature vintages are where the greater value is to be found, and as for Bordeaux 2014, the general consensus is that it has become noticeable for how unnoticeable it is.

Bordeaux Prices Drop, But Are U.S. Buyers Buying?

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The strong U.S. dollar means 2014 Bordeaux futures cost less which is one of the reasons that many Bordeaux wineries had hoped this year’s en primeurs campaign would be successful in drawing Americans back. Unfortunately, most consumers aren’t buying, even with the 2014 vintage being considered the best in four years.

Bordeaux 2014 Releases Continue

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Liv-ex April Recap

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Two months of dips in the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 Index came to an end with a 0.4% increase over March’s level. April, while dominated by Bordeaux 2014 discussions, was a relatively good month for Bordeaux with the region’s trade share rising over last month. Bordeaux should continue to remain a focus in the coming months with the anticipation of Robert Parker’s retrospective of the 2005 Bordeaux vintages due at the end of June.

Vieux Chateau Certan Emerges As Top Wine of 2014 En Primeur

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Each year, Live-ex surveys the international wine trade after the en primeur campaigns to get industry opinions of the vintage and other key indicators. The trade’s general view is that 2014 is not exceptional, but a good to very good vintage. Industry members, using the Parker scoring model, gave the 2014 vintage an overall score of 92 points (average out of 100).

Are Bordeaux Primeurs Dead?

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Citing overpriced poor vintages, Robert Parker believes that Bordeaux has destroyed its futures market and that buying en primeur has lost all appeal for collectors. Parker believes classed growth chateau owners have set release prices at such a high level, no advantage was to be had by purchasing the wine before bottling.

Lower Prices Unlikely For 2014 Bordeaux

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Despite pleas from Bordeaux customers to keep 2014 prices down, producers have indicated that the request is highly unlikely.

Bordeaux 2014: U.S. Buyers Back on Track?

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After four years of not buying, U.S. Bordeaux buyers appear to be back on track according to Philippe Larche, sales director for Bordeaux negociant Vintex. The growing reputation of the 2014 vintage is helping fuel the return, along with a stronger U.S. dollar.

Burgundy Leading Auctions Ahead Of En Primeur Campaigns

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Photo: Zachys Wine Auctions

Robert Parker Will No Longer Taste Bordeaux en primeur

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After more than three decades of reviewing en primeur, Robert Parker has announced that he is handing over en primeur tasting responsibilities to British reviewer, Neal Martin. While Parker has stated it is not a retirement, he will still cover the region’s wines from bottle.

Optimism Grows From Positive Momentum of Liv-ex Bordeaux 500

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If you bought Château Haut Bailly 2009 six months ago, your investment would have already grown 62.4% in value. Robert Parker’s decision to upgrade his score to 100 points has helped fuel the massive rise in value, but beyond Château Haut Bailly 2009, the top twenty performers on the Liv-ex Bordeaux 500 are up 15% or more since July 2014.

Investor Revival for Bordeaux?

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After three years of declining Bordeaux prices, signs are emerging that point to a revival of interest among investors.

Interesting Year Awaits Fine Wine Market

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With the first full week of trading in the books, 2015 looks like it might be the year that breaks the unprecedented four year decline of the fine wine market.

Bordeaux Growers Urged to Cut Prices of 2014 Vintage

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Simon Berry, seventh generation wine merchant and Chairman of London’s Berry Bros. & Rudd, has called on Bordeaux growers to cut their 2014 prices after challenges have emerged for finding buyers for the past three Bordeaux vintages.

Silver Lining to Bordeaux 2014 Harvest

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