Bordeaux 2019 Vintage Conditions Close to Optimal, Fine+Rare Says

Growing conditions for the Bordeaux 2019 vintage were very close to optimal, according to University of Bordeaux Associate Professor for Oenology Axel Marchal, speaking on a webinar hosted by Decanter’s Jane Anson. His comments were reported in a post on the website of London merchant Fine+Rare. Marchal said that in the best soils four outContinue reading “Bordeaux 2019 Vintage Conditions Close to Optimal, Fine+Rare Says”

Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 Drops 1.1% in March

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 Index dropped 1.1% in March as the wine trade started to come to grips with the disruption caused by the Coronavirus, according to a Liv-ex blog. The weakness of sterling helped reduce prices for buyers in dollars, euros and Swiss francs, the London-based online wine market said, helping to buoyContinue reading “Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 Drops 1.1% in March”

Latour to Put 2012 Vintage on Sale This Month

Bordeaux first-growth wine estate Chateau Latour, owned by French billionaire Francois Pinault, will put its 2012 vintage on sale for the first time this month after withdrawing from the futures market following the 2011 vintage. The estate made around 10,000 12-bottle cases of the 2012 vintage and plans to release about two-thirds of that quantity,Continue reading “Latour to Put 2012 Vintage on Sale This Month”

Chateau Beychevelle 2017 Was Most-Traded Wine on Liv-ex in Week to Feb. 20

The 2017 vintage of Saint Julien fourth-growth estate Chateau Beychevelle was the most-traded wine on the London-based online market Liv-ex in the past week, as tastings of that year’s wine hosted by the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux trade group continued in northern Europe. Bordeaux producers showing the 2017 vintage met merchants at tastingsContinue reading “Chateau Beychevelle 2017 Was Most-Traded Wine on Liv-ex in Week to Feb. 20”

La Tour Figeac Plants More Cabernet Franc, Less Merlot After 2017 Frost

Chateau La Tour Figeac, a Saint Emilion wine estate owned by German industrialist Otto Rettenmaier, is shifting the balance of its vineyard more toward cabernet franc and away from merlot following the frost-hit 2017 vintage. The grand cru wine estate, covering 14.6 hectares (36 acres) near Chateau Figeac, lost around 95% of its harvest inContinue reading “La Tour Figeac Plants More Cabernet Franc, Less Merlot After 2017 Frost”

Bordeaux Falls to Record Low 38% of Trade on Liv-ex

By Guy Collins Bordeaux fell to a record low 38.3% of trade on the London-based online wine market Liv-ex in the week to Thursday Feb. 13 from 48.8% the previous week and 54.2% in January, according to Liv-ex’s Talking Trade report. Higher sterling against the euro on the outlook for increased U. K. government spending,Continue reading “Bordeaux Falls to Record Low 38% of Trade on Liv-ex”

Bordeaux 2019 Vintage to Benefit From Summer Heat, Well-timed Rain

The Bordeaux 2019 vintage due to be presented to the wine trade next month is shaping up to be reasonably large in volume and high in quality, according to growers interviewed at a Paris tasting. Unusually high summer temperatures reaching into the high 30s centigrade or even exceeding 40 degrees were punctuated by rainfall inContinue reading “Bordeaux 2019 Vintage to Benefit From Summer Heat, Well-timed Rain”

Burgundy 2018 Was Hot With Bumper Chardonnay Harvest, Justerini Says

The Burgundy 2018 vintage was the warmest ever according to available data and produced a bumper white grape crop which “goes down as one of the biggest on record for Chardonnay,” an e-mailed report from London-based wine merchant Justerini & Brooks said. While yields for Pinot Noir red wines were “broadly speaking a healthy average,”Continue reading “Burgundy 2018 Was Hot With Bumper Chardonnay Harvest, Justerini Says”

Burgundy Takes Center Stage Amid 2018 Tastings

Hospices de Beaune. Photo: Guy Collins By Guy Collins Burgundy’s share of trading by value on the London-based Liv-ex wine market rose to 25% in the week to Jan. 16 from 17% a week earlier as London tastings of the 2018 vintage hit their stride, according to Liv-ex’s Talking Trade report. Italy’s share rose toContinue reading “Burgundy Takes Center Stage Amid 2018 Tastings”