August 2017

Decanter Fine Wine Encounter

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Saturday 11 November, 11am – 5pm Sunday 12 November, 11am – 5pm Venue: The Landmark Hotel, NW1 Join us at Decanter’s flagship Encounter where 100 of the world’s most prestigious producers come together under one roof.  Your ticket will give you full access to the Grand Tasting rooms, promising an unforgettable day as you walk around, meet the winemakers in person and taste some of the best wines from top regions around the world. The Grand Tasting, Masterclasses & Discovery Theatre sessions are separate events. Please note that purchasing tickets to the Masterclasses or the Discovery Theatre sessions does not give you access to the Grand Tasting.   Exhibitors Argentina Catena Zapata El Enemigo El Esteco Gauchezco Marcelo Pelleriti Wines Rutini Wines Trapiche Australia Berton Vineyards Penfolds Robert Oatley Wakefield Wines Chile Caballo Loco Seña Viña Errazuriz Viña Undurraga Montes Wines Santa Rita China Chateau Changyu Moser XV France – Bordeaux Bernard Margrez Château Beychevelle Château Biac Château Cantenac Brown Château Coutet Château de Ferrand Château de La Dauphine Château d’Issan Château Giscours & Château du Tertre Château Lafon Rochet Château Larose Trintaudon Château Marquis d’Alesme Château Phélan Ségur Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de...

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Dons strike four to earn thrilling Trophy win

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By Chris Slavin AFC Wimbledon started this season's Checkatrade Trophy competition with a bang by striking four goals to earn a thrilling victory at Barnet. Dons academy graduates Anthony Hartigan and Egli Kaja scored their first senior goals in a 4-3 victory with Cody McDonald also on target and an own goal rounding off victory. Apart from maintaining the winning habit – something that Neal Ardley stated he was keen to do in the build-up – plenty of positives could be taken from a Wimbledon perspective. New signing Harry Forrester produced moments of promise on his debut after playing for 65 minutes and it was a match when Paul Kalambayi and Neset Bellikli also made their competitive first-team debuts as substitutes. Neal Ardley retained just three of the players who started Saturday's league victory against Doncaster with Callum Kennedy, Deji Oshilaja and Kwesi Appiah making the starting 11. New signing Harry Forrester was handed...

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Treasury Settles Up Over Dumped Wine

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The sorry tale of millions of bottles of spilled wine is finally over for the world's biggest winemaker. By Wine-Searcher staff | Posted Tuesday, 29-Aug-20177 Miscalculating the US wine market has had a $39 million sting in the tale for the world's biggest winemaker, as Treasury Wines Estates settled a class-action lawsuit this week. The suit was filed in 2014 after Treasury announced a surprise $151m writedown of its US operations, causing a sharp fall in its share price. Investors sued, claiming that Treasury had released an unrealistic profit guidance in late 2012 and that the subsequent writedown was foreseeable. The profit guidance was met, but only after massive oversupply of Treasury product into the US market, which caused a glut of inventory on distributors' shelves. In the end, the company discounted stock heavily, before eventually destroying 18m bottles at a cost of $30m. The exercise caused a steep drop in the company's share price,...

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Most wanted: top 50 most searched for wines in 2017

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Lafite Rothschild continues to attract the most attention from the international fine wine trade, according to search data compiled by Liv-ex. Chateaux including Figeac, Canon and Rauzan Segla have increasingly moved into the spotlight this year. Each summer, we examine the top 50 most viewed wines on Liv-ex, based on visits to wine pages from January to July. Search data acts as a barometer for the interests of fine wine merchants, showing where there have been changes in the trade’s interests each year. Firsts first The Bordeaux First Growths continue to occupy the top five spots in the table. They remain in the same order as last year, with Lafite Rothschild holding its position as the most viewed wine by Liv-ex members. It is also the most traded by value on the market. Margaux remains in fourth place despite dropping behind Latour in trade value. Risers Figeac is this year’s big winner. It has climbed 26...

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Cheer on the Dons in first home league game

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Neal Ardley's men will be aiming to start the home league campaign on a high against Shrewsbury on Saturday - and terrace tickets are still available for you to cheer on the boys. Tickets are available for Dons fans in the Chemflow End and RyGas Stand. Visit our online ticket shop to buy in advance. AFC Wimbledon's new-look side have showed promising signs in the first two competitive games. The Dons followed up Saturday's tough League One opening day draw at Scunthorpe with a gallant exit to Brentford of the Championship in the Carabao Cup last night. The first home league match of the season is always a popular game to attend with tickets in demand to see Neal's new signings continue to settle into the side – so avoid disappointment and make plans for the weekend NOW! Hospitality If you fancy making the most of the matchday experience at a Dons game, hospitality packages are...

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According to Knight Frank’s latest Luxury Index (KFLII), wine has finally overtaken collectable cars as the most popular luxury investment for the world’s super-rich. The value of the Knight Frank Fine Wine Icons Index rose by a 24% in the 12 months to the end of March 2017, while the HAGI Top Index, which tracks the performance of the world’s most collectable cars, managed a relatively modest rise of just 6% over the same time. Resurgent demand for Bordeaux and Burgundy wines, amplified by the decline in the value of the pound, has helped to boost the market, said Nick Martin of Wine Owners, which compiles the wines index for Knight Frank. “Catastrophic frosts that affected up to 80% of the crop in the best Burgundy vineyards mean there is very little stock of the 2016 vintage,” said Martin. “A lot of the growth has come on the perception of scarcity, but the most...

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Is d’Yquem a Golden Investment

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Yquem was the only wine classified as Premier Cru Supérieur in the 1855 classification. Then seen then as the most prestigious wine of Bordeaux The only Grand Cru Sauternes and therefore unlike the five 1st growth, has no rival in its class. Owned by LVMH the powerhouse luxury goods in China China recently lifted the ban on wines that contain more than 250 mg/l, paving the way for Sauternes, in particular Yquem In July 2011, an 1811 bottle of Yquem was sold at the Ritz in London to a private collector for £75,000 ($117,000) Château d’Yquem explored Château d’Yquem is considered the best and most well-known sweet wine in the world. It is located 15 miles to the south of the city of Bordeaux and the picturesque Château occupies the highest point in Sauternes. The vineyard is planted solely with Sémillon (80%) and Sauvignon Blanc (20%) grapes. Only fully botrytized grapes are used and it takes...

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Penfold Grange wine sells for record $260,000 at auction to Adelaide couple

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THERE had been interest from as far abroad as Hong Kong, but in the end a retired couple from Adelaide’s west bought one of the most spectacular sets of wine ever seen in Australia for the record auction price of $260,360. John and Leanne Davison sat quietly in the 50-strong crowd — which included Adelaide restaurant identities — at du Plessis auction house in Mile End for the highly anticipated sale of the complete set of Penfolds Grange. Bidding started at $200,000 before auctioneer Mark du Plessis lowered his hammer on the couple’s bid of $230,000 (plus buyer’s margin), which earned wide applause. An elated Mr Davison, a retired earthmoving contractor, bought the set as an investment for his four grandchildren. He said he was pleased the South Australian wine, considered Australia’s most famous, was staying in its home state. “It had to stay here, for sure,” the 71-year-old said. “I am a collector and I’m...

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10 Things Every Wine Lover Should Know About… Pontet-Canet

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Jane Anson discovers you can utter the words Michel Rolland and biodynamics in the same breath at this Pauillac fifth growth. No. 1. Betting on beards and sandals: Winemaker Jean-Michel Comme, who arrived at Château Pontet-Canet in 1989, can fairly claim responsibility for the astonishing improvements in the quality of its wine over the past few decades. This is not a man who takes his work lightly. He walks miles through the vines every day, and agonizes over every decision. Comme has his own estate – Champ des Treilles in Sainte-Foy – farmed biodynamically with his wife, Corinne, and it was his belief in the logic of biodynamics that first convinced Pontet owner Alfred Tesseron to convert. But we shouldn’t underestimate what it took for Tesseron himself to take the leap, both financially and philosophically. There were no classified Bordeaux estates that were certified biodynamic (and beyond Pontet there is still only one organically certified classified estate –...

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Penfolds Grange 1951 sold for over $50,000

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Penfolds Grange 1951 sold for over $50,000 The 1951 wine was sold at an auction at MW Wines, a specialist in back vintages of Grange, to a private collector, on Wednesday 19 July. MW Wines posted on its Instagram account ‘Last night this incredible bottle of first vintage Grange sold for $51,750 at auction – believed to be a record price paid for 1951 Penfolds Grange in Australia.’ ‘A great result for [the] vendor and an amazing addition to the buyer’s collection.’ Penfolds Grange, predominantly made with Shiraz and normally including a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon, has long been considered one of Australia’s finest wines. It is one of the highest prices paid for an Australian wine at auction. The 1951 vintage was not commercially available but given to friends and family by Penfolds’ original winemaker, Max Schubert. It is thought that fewer than 20 bottles of it remain in the world. This bottle had been tasted...

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