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The Bordeaux Report

As En Primeur begins, we look at how Bordeaux is maintaining its grip on the wine world. By Tom Hyland and Wine-Searcher Staff | Posted Friday, 23-Mar-2018  Bordeaux isn't getting any more affordable, nor is it likely to; but there are some bargains to be had by canny collectors, according to the people who make it and those who sell it. As Bordeaux prepares for the En Primeur season, it's a good time to take stock of where this pre-eminent region sits in relation to the wine industry and the future. Our contributor Tom Hyland interviewed some of the region's top producers, while Wine-Searcher staff spoke to merchants around the world to get a feel for how both sides see Bordeaux's prospects. At a tasting in Chicago, representatives from more than 90 different Bordeaux estates poured their wines – white, red and sweet – from the 2015 vintage. The tasting featured producers of the...

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As we shall see, investing in fine wine is becoming more like investing in stocks and shares as the market expands, a feature attested to in many recent Liv-ex reports. This means that all investors have to be very careful as to what exactly they buy. You can’t just pick up a few cases and expect all to be well. The market is now much too broad for that. 30 years ago the range of availability was so narrow that virtually anything you bought went up in value. Not now, as is patently obvious from the evidence which follows. When assembling the portfolio a year ago we took the view that an overweight position in Bordeaux was merited as the recovery in prices from mid 2015 would lead to an improvement in confidence in the sector, and while that has been true for the ‘Super Seconds’ and the Second wines on the...

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The Million-Dollar Nose

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With his stubborn disregard for the hierarchy of wines, Robert Parker, the straight-talking American wine critic, is revolutionizing the industry -- and teaching the French wine establishment some lessons it would rather not learn. THE most influential critic in the world today happens to be a critic of wine. He is not a snob or an obvious aesthete, as one might imagine, but an ordinary American, a burly, awkward, hardworking guy from the backcountry of northern Maryland, about half a step removed from the farm. His name is Robert Parker Jr., Bob for short, and he has no formal training in wine. He lives near his childhood home, among the dairies and second-growth forests in a place called Monkton, which has a post office but no town center. A new interstate highway has reduced the drive to Baltimore to merely thirty minutes, but otherwise has had little effect. Monkton remains rural...

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Wine Snobbery a Reflection of Ourselves


Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White snubs English wine, but it's a prejudice we all share,Oliver Styles suggests. Funny how people make the news when something needs to be promoted. British celebrity chef Marco Pierre White made headlines recently by claiming that only a "numpty" would be buying English wine. This occurred – almost inevitably – at the same time as he was opening a new restaurant. Thus it is with a sense of unease that I choose to give White any more publicity than he deserves but his words – and the storm it generated over the grimy waters of an English teacup – do, I think, deserve some further, more global, examination. Here is what he was quoted as saying: "English wine is nonsense. They are overpriced and not very good. The French make the best wine. The English just play at it. We keep hearing this about English sparkling wine. I am...

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Floyd Mayweather flaunts flashy ‘fine wine’ collection in his Beverly Hills mansion as unbeaten boxing legend continues to enjoy retirement


  By Glen Williams For Mailonline PUBLISHED: 00:23, 10 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:11, 10 October 2017 Floyd Mayweather retired from boxing yet again after beating Conor McGregor Following the lucrative bout, 'Money' bought a £19m Beverly Hills mansion It has a stunning wine cellar, which Mayweather flaunted on Instagram Floyd Mayweather stepped out of the ring for the final time as a 50-0 boxer after a 10th-round stoppage of Conor McGregor.Floyd Mayweather flaunts flashy 'fine wine' collection in his Beverly Hills mansion as unbeaten boxing legend continues to enjoy retirement He then ploughed his lucrative earnings into a stunning £19million mansion in Beverly Hills to kick back, relax, and reflect on a truly remarkable career in the sport. And the latest sneak peak into his Californian crib has revealed an enviable wine collection. 'Money' flaunted on Instagram 15 rows of wine stacked perhaps 15 bottles deep, captioning the image: 'Like fine wine.' Mayweather wasted no time splashing his $100million (£77.6m)...

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Parker Please Don’t Go


Plenty of people love to hate Robert Parker, but Oliver Styles warns that we'll be lost without him. Posted Monday, 02-Oct-2017 It will no doubt come as some surprise to the likes of Jancis Robinson, Allen Meadows, James Suckling, Michel Bettane, Steven Spurrier, et al. to learn that, according to French broadsheet Le Monde, wine criticism has diversified since Robert Parker's "retirement". One might wonder what those luminaries were doing in the interim? Taking a form of Tennis Court Oath in the carpark of Château Margaux? Examining their fingernails while Parker was hitting home runs and slurping the last of his milkshake? Of course not. For decades scores of palates have been rating wines and publishing their thoughts. To suggest that, with Parker taking a back seat, wine critics have starting popping up like botrytis in a tropical rain event is disingenuous to say the least. Now, anyone who reads the Le Monde article in...

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


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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Clubs bid to win Cherry Red Records Cup tonight

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AFC Wimbledon will tonight have an opportunity to clinch more pre-season silverware with the Cherry Red Records Cup up for grabs against Wycombe tonight. The match is sponsored by Cherry Red Records, who are long-time partners of the Dons and came on board as the Chairboys’ short sponsors last season, also taking up the rear of shirt sponsorship for the 2017/18 campaign. AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive Erik Samuelson is very grateful for the backing AFC Wimbledon has received from Cherry Red Records over many years. “We are very fortunate to have sponsors such as Cherry Red Records who are supportive of the club in a wide range of ways and are actively involved in what we do,” said Erik. “Their sponsorship of tonight’s game is another example of their support. Cherry Red Records have sponsored the club since 2002 and, of course, have sponsored our stadium for many years.” The independent music record label...

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