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Slow Bordeaux: lull in 2015 fine wine releases boosts trade in back vintages

As the release of the very top Bordeaux wines of 2015 gets closer and closer, consumers seem to be playing the waiting game. Experienced collectors, however, are taking the opportunity to scour back vintages for a bargain, and the Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 has held its strength despite the lull in activity. Last week’s top […]

 

Neal Martin reveals scores on this year’s top Bordeaux wines

Robert Parker’s Essex-born successor has at last released his assessment of the Bordeaux 2015 vintage wines in barrel, deeming the year an “excellent vintage” and likening the distribution of quality to a “narrow pyramid”. After a relatively slow week on the market front, the news sparked a string of exciting releases that really marked the […]

 

Bordeaux wines see high levels of trade in the run up to En Primeur releases

While the market as a whole experiences the typical April lull as it waits with baited breath for En Primeur price releases, interest in Bordeaux is comparatively high as consumers run to grab a bargain from their favourite fine wine region. Bordeaux’s total share of trade climbed to 83.3% last week, a big step up […]

 

The Grapes Behind The Best Bordeaux Wine

The Bordeaux wine region covers an expansive area of 120,000 hectares, making it the second biggest wine region in the world. The diversity of its soils, its mix of climates and combinations of grape varieties allows Bordeaux to produce a variety of different wines including dry and sweet white, red, rosé, claret and sparkling wines. […]

 

Eye On Asia (Part 1): Bordeaux Still Top of China’s List

In the last five years there can be no denying that China has been pushing the fine wine market skyward almost single-handedly. No one could have predicted the demand from the Far East which has seen prices for certain wines skyrocket.  In 2012 Christie’s sold over £23 million worth of fine wine at just nine […]

 

Vinexpo 2013 announced

Bordeaux’s Lake Exhibition Centre will play host to the 17th Vinexpo next June.  The emphasis will be on the ‘global wine market’. This is a direct response to the rise of the emerging markets, in particular China and Brazil. Rather than keeping the focus on Europe and North America, the exhibition hopes to attract visitors […]

 

White Burgundies and Bordeaux excel over the weekend at auction

A fine selection of DRC wines  Once again Burgundies steal the show and top the auction lists. This weekend auctions at Sotheby’s in New York and Zachys’ in Hong Kong both saw high figures, especially for white Bordeaux and Burgundies. Highlights of the New York auction included a 10-bottle case of 1988 Domaine de la […]

 

Bordeaux finally names wine cultural centre

After three long years of waiting for a name, the Bordeaux wine cultural centre finally has one: the City of Civilisations Wine (Cite des Civilisations de Vin).     The centre’s budget is 63 million euros and is due to open in 2015. Project manager Philippe Massol has reported that construction will take place by April 2013 with an […]

 

Bordeaux 2009 classics

A couple of fantastic Robert Parker-endorsed Bordeaux 2009 wines are making a splash right now. Here at Capital Vintners we know that Bordeaux wines are always a great investment opportunity, with two wines in particular proving to be successful right now. The Chateau Angelus 2009 and the Chateau Cos D’Estournel 2009 both featured in Robert […]

 

Second Chinese-owned negociant to open in Bordeaux next month

Another Chinese-owned negociant is set to open in Bordeaux next month as the Asian wine market continues to make a mark on the French region. Chinese businessman Jinshan Zhang is responsible for the exciting new venture. The first Chinese-owned negociant in Bordeaux opened in 2008 and employs seven people, including three Chinese speakers. The new […]

 

Worldwide shortage of 1.3 billion bottles in wine as Europe experiences huge output slump

Capital Vintners’ warehouse at Locke King, full of  fine wines  It has been reported today that the world is facing a shortage of 1.3 billion bottles of wine this year, mainly due to the erratic weather across Europe.  According to Bloomberg, the production slumps in France, Italy and Spain have led to worldwide shortage. And […]

 

Chateau Margaux hires Foster to update cellars

Chateau Margaux (Megan Mallen) Renowned British architect Sir Norman Foster has been hired to revamp Chateau Margaux.  The renovation will include an underground bottle library for past vintages and a new vinification cellar, where reds and whites will be able to be vinified in the same part of the estate for the first time since […]

 

Bordeaux concept wines launched

Capital Vintners is excited to hear that four Michelin-starred chefs and Arnaud Christiaens, a French hedge fund manager and oenophile, have joined forces to create a new wine brand from four different Bordeaux appellations. The chefs – Bruno Menard, Frederic Anton, Alain Dutournier and Yannick Alleno – have been working with Gerard Basset, a World […]

 

China set to become second largest luxury market by 2017

China is due to become the world’s second largest market for luxury goods in the space of five years. Luxury goods sales could reach $302 billion worldwide this year, up four per cent from 2011.  Fine wine, especially Bordeaux wine, dominates the luxury goods landscape. Most of the large UK merchants report between a third […]

 

2012 European harvest worst in 50 years, according to experts

  Bad weather across Europe has led to a terrible harvest this year, with wine experts expecting a 20 per cent drop in the grape harvest in France compared to last year. The Champagne and Burgundy regions have been hit particularly badly, with the Chardonnay grape being affected more than most by the inclement weather. […]

 

WHAT MAKES A GOOD SOMMELIER?

WHAT MAKES A GOOD SOMMELIER? A Sommelier is designed to take away much of the stress and guess work out of choosing a fine wine. As Ernest Hemmingway once said “Wine is one of the most civilised things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought […]

 

WILL THE FRENCH WINE INDUSTRY BE RAISING ITS GLASSES TO HOLLANDE?

  What will the appointment of Francois Hollande mean to the French wine industry? We already know that France’s new president, Monsieur Hollande, is apposed to the austerity measures and plans to reduce the retirement age (from 62 to 60) but what does he plan to do for the wine industry? Well initial projections are […]

 
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