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”

Liv-Ex 50 Ends 2019 Down 4.3%

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 Index of the Bordeaux Left-Bank First-Growth wines ended 2019 down 4.3%, a greater decline than the broader Liv-ex Bordeaux 500 Index and also the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100, which includes wines from other regions, both of which fell 3.0%, according to Liv-ex’s January market report. The Liv-ex Fine Wine 1000Continue reading “Liv-Ex 50 Ends 2019 Down 4.3%”

Burgundy Share of Liv-ex Trade Up Ahead of Tastings

Burgundy accounted for 16.6% of Liv-ex trade in the week to Jan. 9, up from 14.0% the previous week, as the focus of the fine wine world turned towards this month’s trade tastings of the 2018 vintage from the region, according to Liv-ex’s Talking Trade report. Italian wines also gained in market share, more thanContinue reading “Burgundy Share of Liv-ex Trade Up Ahead of Tastings”

Bordeaux 2019 Vintage

By Guy Collins Chateau Quintus, the Saint Emilion Wine estate developed by Domaine Clarence Dillon, expects its 2019 wines to show great homogeneity and overall good quality following an exceptionally hot summer and particularly warm September, according to Estate Manager Francois Capdemourlin. After a cold spring, when burners had to be lit in the vineyardContinue reading “Bordeaux 2019 Vintage”