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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. […]

 

Capital Vintners at LIWF 2013

  Capital Vintners attended the premier event of this year’s London International Wine Fair (LIWF); the Union des Grands Crus (UGC) de Bordeaux. The new UGC President, Olivier Bernard, led the event, which returned to the LIWF for the third time. The newly-bottled 2010 vintage was the centrepiece of the event. A very well received vintage, […]

 

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 […]

 

Capital Vintners: Eye on Asia

We all know that the Chinese wine market has boomed over the last few years, but recently there has been rumours abounding that demand has been decreasing after the boom of 2009-11. Let’s investigate the data. According to International Wine and Spirit Research (IWSR), the Chinese drank 160 million cases of wine in 2011, a […]

 

Parker inducted into Vintners Hall of Fame

Robert Parker, the most famous wine critic in the world, has been inducted into the Culinary Institute of America’s Vintners Hall of Fame.  Four people were inducted – Parker, Merry Edwards, Cesar Chavez and Frank Schoonmaker – by the nominating committee chaired by wine journalist W. Blake Gray.  Parker called his induction a “very humbling […]

 

Capital Vintners Italian Fine Wine Report

Ever since 1971, when Sassicaia became the first ever ‘Super Tuscan,’ this impressive red wine has not only grown in reputation and price, but it has put Italian wines on the map.   The wine broke all of Italy’s outdated rules and regulations during the 1970s and 80s, giving it ‘rebel status’ within the wine […]

 

Capital Vintners at the NZ Trade Fair 2013

The New Zealand Trade Fair 2013 took place at Lord’s Cricket Ground yesterday. Dozens of top-quality New Zealand wins were on show, including Cloudy Bay, Villa Maria, Esk Valley and Oyster Bay. The focus was very much on New Zealand as a fantastic wine-growing island, with great conditions for a variety of grapes and an […]

 

Capital Vintners Bordeaux 2010 Report

James Suckling shares his thoughts on the Bordeaux 2010 vintage……. The renowned wine critic James Suckling has awarded 11 wines 100 points from the Bordeaux 2010 vintage. Bearing in mind he only gave a perfect 100 score to nine wines in 2009 – often hailed as the greatest Bordeaux vintage for a generation – this […]

 

Capital Vintners Burgundy Report Continued

A selection of the finest DRC wines  It’s been another busy week for Burgundies across the globe. DRC 2010The Domaine de la Romanee-Conti 2010 vintage has been released, with the owner Aubert de Villaine calling it ‘Homeric’.The vintage has so far attracted some positive attention from critics, including Andrew Jefford, who remarked that it was “a […]

 

Capital Vintners: Burgundy 2011 Report

The Burgundy Report called it a “precocious vintage”. Others have noted that the 2011 Burgundies could be something special. The buzz is good so far for this highly sought-after French wine region. The red Burgundies have been described as having a ‘lightness in body, shape and mouthfeel and a focus on purity.’ Some producers have already […]

 

Capital Vintners Special Report: Fine Wine and China

In 2008 the fine wine market was affected by a single piece of legislation in Hong Kong to such an extent that the small island off the coast of China is now, after only four years, Bordeaux’s number one export market. The duty on fine wine was reduced from 40 to 0 per cent and […]

 

Capital Vintners: Champagne 2012 report

After initial worries about the Champagne 2012 harvest – poor weather and a huge harvest shortage – it would appear that the vintage could be a special one. Thanks to a great end to the season (ideal weather conditions throughout August and September), the Champagne 2012 vintage has already been compared to the 2002 and […]

 

Capital Vintners: Fine Wine Investment 2013 Report (Part 3)

The final part of our 2013 fine wine investment report focuses on some countries which often get overlooked  in the wine market. PolandIn the last four years the wine consumption per capita in Poland has increased by 14 per cent to 2.05 litres. There is increasing evidence that points towards the Polish population moving away […]

 

Capital Vintners: Fine Wine Investment 2013 Report

This week we will be focusing on the year ahead, with an emphasis on the areas of the market we think will see growth in the next 12 months. After a disappointing first half to 2012, the fine wine market bounced back in the final few months, leading to key pundits and experts predicting a […]

 

Liv-ex indices finish 2012 strongly

After a rather disappointing year for fine wine investment, there was at least good news from the Liv-ex indices as we enter 2013. The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 finished 2012 on 260.78, a six-month high. The Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 achieved the strongest finish to the year, up 1.8 per cent to 302.22, its highest […]

 

Capital Vintners: London International Wine Fair 2013

The focus on next year’s London International Wine Fair (LIWF) will be on the UK wine market.  From May 20-22 2013, leading industry heads from the wine world will convene at the ExCel Centre to promote their businesses and peruse others’ stands and stock.  Speakers will include Jancis Robinson OBE MW, Spiros Malandrakis, Industry analyst […]

 

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 […]

 

Capital Vintners: Champagne 2012 Report Continued

Is Champagne bucking the trend of ‘austerity Britain’? It would appear so.  Champagne was hit hard during the economic slump but it would appear that it is now recovering and seeing high sales numbers. Champagne is often called the ‘affordable luxury’ and more and more these days it is losing its ‘special occasion’ status. Low-price […]

 

Capital Vintners: Champagne 2012 report

The Champagne region of France, just like Bordeaux and Burgundy, did not have a good year weather-wise and suffered a smaller harvest than usual.  But initial reports indicate the 2012 Champagne vintage could be a very good one. The chefs de cave at both Louis Roederer and Perrier-Jouet have expressed their excitement in anticipation of […]

 

Capital Vintners: Eye on Asia

A selection of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti wines Burgundies ended the year strongly in a Hong Kong auction this weekend. Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. Remember this wine estate because it is breaking records right now. Three 2005 bottles were sold at a record-breaking price of £14,800 a bottle at an auction in Hong Kong over […]

 

Capital Vintners sponsors the PMGC Annual Charity Ball

On Friday 9 November Capital Vintners co-sponsored the PMGC Technology Group Annual Charity Ball in aid of the Great Ormond Street Hospital. Items in the auction included a holiday to Thailand, tickets to the British Grand Prix, and a signed Chelsea football shirt – won by our very own MD! A champagne reception followed by […]

 

Fifth Hong Kong Wine Fair opens

Hong Kong’s financial secretary announced that the total value of wine imports to the region in 2011 was around £750 million. Speaking at the opening of the fair, John Tsang Chun-Wah was enthusiastic about the future of the wine market in Hong Kong. He said that the city is now the largest auction centre in […]

 

£10 million in counterfeit Chateau Lafite wine discovered in China

10,000 bottles of fake Chateau Lafite have been found in an abandoned house in the Zheijang province. Even though China takes forgery very seriously – recently death sentences have been handed out to forgers of expensive products – this still remains a serious problem in Asian fine wine market. Lafite Rothschild has already won six […]

 

Capital Vintners: Eye on Europe

EU wine regions lobby against vineyard extension plans The European Commission (EC) expects to see a freeing up of planning rights across European vineyards starting in January 2016. This could completely change the landscape of the European wine industry.  So far 15 EU countries – including France, Italy, Spain and Portugal – have formally objected to […]

 

Capital Vintners: Eye on China

Here at Capital Vintners we like to keep as up to date as possible on movements in the global fine wine market. China is currently importing a significant amount of Bordeaux wine. No longer are the Chinese only buying the top wines; they have started to diversity their portfolios, further increasing imports and diversifying Chinese […]

 

Liv-ex hits record number of trading wines

The London International Vintners Exchange (Liv-ex) hit a new record this week in terms of active markets. There are now more than 3000 separate wines with a bid or offer against them on the exchange, a 50 per cent rise since June. Buyers are clearly starting to diversify their portfolios. Burgundies are booming this year […]

 

Capital Vintners: Brazil to double fine wine consumption in next four years

The Brazilian Wine Institute and the Brazilian Association of Supermarkets want to double the total consumption of fine wine in the next four years to forty million litres. The Brazilian government has ignored calls to put quotas on imported wine and allowed a more worldwide wine market to thrive in the country.  The BRIC – […]

 

Government to spend £420,000 on fine wine to stock House of Commons bars

Capital Vintners has learned that the Government will spend close to half a million pounds on fine wine not widely available on the high street. It has been suggested that MPs are looking for rarer fine wines to stock bars in the House of Commons.   After the ‘plebgate’ row with Andrew Mitchell last month, the […]

 

Worldwide wine output lowest in decades

Bloomberg has reported today that global wine production is due to fall to its lowest levels in 37 years. Terrible weather across the globe has created the worst wine harvest in decades. France, Italy and Argentina  in particular have witnessed a year of drought, flooding and hail. Seeing as France and Italy are the largest […]

 

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 […]

 
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