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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 […]

 

Bordeaux 2010 Parker Scores Released

Robert Parker released his scores for the Bordeaux 2010 vintage this weekend. 10 wines were awarded a perfect score of 100 points: Latour Haut-Brion Petrus Le Dome La Violette  Pontet Canet  Beausejour Duffau Cheval Blanc  Pape Clement Le Pin   In addition to this high count of 100-point wines, eight more scored an impressive 99 […]

 

Capital Vintners Wine Auction Report

After a series of high-profile wine auctions, we examine the current state of the market in this in-depth report. Italian Wines on the UpOn 23 February Acker, Merrall and Condit saw substantial interest in Italian vertical lots. These included a four magnum collection of Bartolo Mascarello Barolo made up of 1952, 71, 86 and 88 […]

 

China to exhibit its wines for the first time at LIWF 2013

The rise of Chinese involvement in the wine market can be seen more and more these days. For the first time Chinese wine will be presented at the London International Wine Fair (LIWF) 2013. Chateau Hansen – established by the Han family in the 1980s – is China’s first organic estate. Situated in Wuhai, Hansen […]

 

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: 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 (Part 2)

Who will be the next China? That’s the question on everyone’s lips as we enter 2013. The front-runners are India, Brazil and Russia. But as well as the BRIC nations, there are other dark horses that may feature in the global market. BrazilNow that protectionist regulations have been staved off and Brazilian wine producers have […]

 

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 […]

 

Study finds out that wine can lower rate of depression in women

A scientific study has shown that the risk of depression in women is lowered if they are moderate wine drinkers. Over 13,000 people in Spain were used in the study – known as the SUN project – over the course of ten years. University graduates without depression were used. The outcome was based on a doctor’s […]

 

Burgundy 2011 en primeur

Allen Meadows, the world’s leading voice on Burgundy wines In the past few months there has been a significant rise in interest in fine wine from Burgundy. So the 2011 en primeur Burgundies are bound to attract attention. With Burgundies breaking records all over the world at auctions, 2013 may be the year that Bordeaux finds […]

 

CAPITAL VINTNERS MARKET REPORT: Nigeria

Nigeria is now Africa’s second largest economy in Africa and will be the world’s fourth most populous nation by 2050. More importantly it has been reported that Nigeria’s wine industry will reach £230 million by 2015. With an economy that is finding its feet – GDP has increased from $46 billion in 2000 to $247 […]

 

Parker steps down as editor-in-chief of Wine Advocate

Robert Parker Jr – the world’s most renowned wine critic – has stepped down as editor-in-chief of the influential publication, the Wine Advocate. A percentage of the magazine has been sold to three Asian investors (unnamed so far). The Wine Advocate headquarters will remain in America, but a large office will be set up in […]

 

CAPITAL VINTNERS: EYE ON ASIA

Rhône wines to be the next boom in Asia? A Hong Kong auction at Sotheby’s last weekend may have signified a further string to the Asian fine wine market’s bow being added as Rhône Valley wines fared very well. On December 8 the auction’s highlights included a 1961 Hermitage La Chapelle from Rhône, which sold […]

 

Yet another Bordeaux estate bought by Chinese tycoon

The Chinese taste for buying up French wine estates has not ceased, with news of yet another Chinese businessman buying Chateau Bellefont-Belcier.   More importantly Bellefont-Belcier has Grande Cru Classe status, making it the first one under Chinese ownership.   Herve Olivier, the regional director of SAFER – a government agency that oversees rural land development […]

 

Eye on Asia: INDIA SPECIAL

Chateau Cos d’Estournel  After China blew the roof off the fine wine market in 2010, the industry has been looking for the next big economy to lead the way. It might have found that economy in the shape of India. The Indian wine market has been growing at around 25-30 per cent annually and, according […]

 

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 […]

 

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 […]

 

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 […]

 

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 […]

 

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 […]

 

New wine trade show announced for London 2013

Capital Vintners can report that a brand new event for the wine trade will be launched in London next September. The idea is to create a hive of business activity, where like-minded professionals can come together and conduct meetings and seminars. UK agents, producers from all around the world, and distributors will be able to […]

 

Burgundy wines soaring in value

Christie’s have reported that Burgundies are performing incredibly well right now. In particular Domaine de la Romanee-Conti has performed well. Although Bordeaux wines are still top dog, Burgundies are gaining notoriety in the market, especially Asia. Capital Vintners not only offers a wide collection of fine wines, but also the very best Burgundies: http://www.capitalvintners.com/wines/8/burgundy As production […]

 

Chateau Margaux focuses its business on high-flying Chinese market

Chateau Margaux (Megan Mallen) Chateau Margaux has hired Fangyuan Zheng, a business development manager, in Shanghai to overlook the Bordeaux producer’s sales across the region. The esteemed French wine producer is building on its brand and relationships in China – Thibault Pontallier was appointed Margaux’s brand ambassador in Hong Kong in 2010 – in order […]

 

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. […]

 
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