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  • CWI Newsletter August 17

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    Welcome to the Cru Wine Investment August 2017 News update Fact of the Month In July 2007, Bordeaux has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Market update As the summer continues and many of us are enjoying sipping Rosé and Champagne on the Mediterranean beaches, we have continued to work hard throughout the summer. Bordeaux Fine..

  • CWI 2017 Bordeaux wine trip

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    CWI Bordeaux wine trip June 2017 Dates of event: Thursday 8 and Friday 9 June 2017 Châteaux visited: châteaux Margaux, châteaux Haut-Brion, châteaux d’Agassac, châteaux Beau-Séjour, châteaux Candale and visit to the medieval village of Saint-Émilion. Highlights of the event: Timing in the investment business is everything. I have been fortunate in my career to wander..

  • CWI newsletter of May 2017

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    Welcome to the Cru Wine Investment May 2017 Investment update Fact of the month Many regions of France including Bordeaux have been hit by some severe frosts over the last week. It is very difficult to precisely estimate the loss at this stage, however estimates vary from 40 to 100%. In Bordeaux this frost looks set to..

  • SPOTLIGHT ON… THE VALUE OF MOUTON ROTHSCHILD & LAFITE ROTHSCHILD

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    THE APPELLATION AND CLASSIFICATION OF MOUTON ROTHSCHILD & LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1er Grand Cru Classé, Pauillac, Bordeaux THE COMPOSITION OF MOUTON ROTHSCHILD & LAFITE ROTHSCHILD Primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, plus Merlot and a dollop of Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot. COMPARISON & OUTLOOK: MOUTON ROTHSCHILD & LAFITE ROTHSCHILD VALUE Looking at vintages from 2000-2015, the average value..

  • CRU WINE INVESTMENT INAUGUARAL TASTING AT THE 39 MONTE CARLO CLUB IN MONACO

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    Cru Wine Investment are delighted to have hosted our first fine wine tasting at the private members’ club, 39 Monte Carlo, on April 13th in Monaco. We were more than happy to say the event was a great success, with a full-house of guests, from Cru Wine Investment’s clients, to prospective clients and members of..

  • Spotlight on… GISCOURS 2014

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    A reason why not to focus solely on the usual suspects… THE APPELLATION AND CLASSIFICATION Margaux, 3ème Grand Cru Classé A THE COMPOSITION Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Merlot 20%, Petit Verdot 10%, THE CRITICS’ VIEWS 92/100, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate 95/100, James Suckling 16/20, Jancis Robinson THE RELEASE PRICE Château Giscours 2014 was released in..

  • Cru Wine Investment newsletter of March 2017

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    Welcome to the Cru Wine Investment March 2017 Investment update Fun Fact of the Month Chateau d’Yquem produces only one glass of wine per vine. (The average in Bordeaux is around half a bottle of wine per vine) Dear Gregory Swartberg,   We are very excited to host a private fine wine tasting at the private..

  • Spotlight on… Château haut-bailly 2014

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    THE APPELLATION AND CLASSIFICATION Pessac-Léognan, Grand Cru Classé THE COMPOSITION Cabernet Sauvignon 66%, Merlot 34%, THE CRITICS’ VIEWS 91-93/100, The Wine Advocate 93-94/100, James Suckling 17.5+/20, Jancis Robinson THE RELEASE PRICE Château Haut-Bailly 2014 was released in May 2015 at €43.20 per bottle, with a UK price of £415 per dozen. THE CURRENT MARKET PRICE..

  • Spotlight on… Petrus value

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    HOW MUCH IS MY PETRUS WORTH? Would you like to have your Petrus valued, or a free valuation of your wine collection? We are happy to offer no-obligation wine valuations. Just send us an email on info@cruwineinvestment.com THE APPELLATION AND CLASSIFICATION Pomerol, Bordeaux THE COMPOSITION OF PETRUS Merlot, 100% THE VALUE OF PETRUS With a..

  • Spotlight on… SCREAMING EAGLE, CAB SAUVIGNON, 2012

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    THE APPELLATION AND CLASSIFICATION Napa Valley AVA, California THE COMPOSITION Cabernet Sauvignon 79%, Merlot 17%, Cabernet Franc 4%, THE CRITICS’ VIEWS 100/100, The Wine Advocate 100/100, James Suckling 97/20, Wine Spectator THE RELEASE PRICE This is a tricky one. There are two means of sale and purchase, offering somewhat different pricing: Firstly, the property’s mailing..

  • Spotlight on.. Château Angélus, 2010

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    THE APPELLATION AND CLASSIFICATION Saint-Emilion, 1er Grand Cru Classé A THE COMPOSITION Merlot 55%, Cabernet Franc 45%, THE CRITICS’ VIEWS 99+/100, The Wine Advocate 97-98/100, James Suckling 17.5/20, Jancis Robinson THE RELEASE PRICE Château Angélus 2010 was released in June 2011 at €225 per bottle, with a UK price of £2390 per dozen. THE CURRENT..

  • Spotlight on… Vieux Château Certan 2015

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    THE APPELLATION AND CLASSIFICATION Pomerol, N/A THE COMPOSITION Merlot 80%, Cabernet Franc 19%, Cabernet Sauvignon 1%, THE CRITICS’ VIEWS 98-100/100, The Wine Advocate 98-99/100, James Suckling 18.5/20, Jancis Robinson THE RELEASE PRICE Vieux Château Certan 2015 was released in April 2015 at €150 per bottle ex-negociant in Bordeaux, with a UK price of £1695 per..

  • Spotlight on… Château Margaux 2015

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    THE APPELLATION AND CLASSIFICATION Margaux, 1er Grand Cru Classé THE COMPOSITION Cabernet Sauvignon 87%, Merlot 8%, Cabernet Franc 3%, Petit Verdot 2% THE CRITICS’ VIEWS 100/100, James Suckling “The best Margaux ever…” 98-100/100, The Wine Advocate 19/20, Jancis Robinson THE TRADE’S VIEW Liv-ex International Members’ “Wine of the Vintage” THE RELEASE PRICE Château Margaux 2015..

  • Spotlight on… Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild 2014

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    20.01.2017 THE APPELLATION AND CLASSIFICATION Pauillac, Second Wine THE COMPOSITION Cabernet Sauvignon 93%, Merlot 7% THE CRITICS’ VIEWS 90-92/100, The Wine Advocate 93-94/100, James Suckling 91-94/100, Wine Spectator 17+/20, Jancis Robinson THE RELEASE PRICE Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild 2014 was released in April 2015 at €78 per bottle ex-negociant in Bordeaux, with a..

  • Best ways to sell wine collection & free cellar valuations

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    16.01.2017 Wine Valuations We are happy to say that we offer no-obligation wine valuations, free of charge. Should you wish to see the current value of your cellar, or even if you would like to know the best time to drink your wine, we are happy to help. With access to in-depth market knowledge, our..

  • CWI Jan 17 wine news

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    Welcome to the Cru Wine Investment January 2017 Investment update, where we bring you wine news. Fun Fact of the Month Dom Pierre Perignon, the French monk who is said to have originally created champagne, apparently shouted when he first tasted it: ‘ Come quickly brother, I’m tasting stars!’  Market update Dear Follower, Cru Wine Investment..

  • Wine market overview 2016 & Forecast 2017

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    05.01.2017 Firstly, we would like to wish a happy and prosperous 2017 to our friends, clients and prospective clients. 2016 has been full of promise and positivity at Cru Wine Investment, and within the fine wine market. With 2017 now in full swing, there is trade-wide expectation of a successful year to come for wine investment…

  • CWI donation of a 6L chateau Lagrange 2012 to the Prince’s Trust charity

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    16 December 2016. Cru Wine Investment was invited to the Ascential Millions Makers charity gala for the Prince’s Trust. It was a great and successful evening. Cru Wine Investment was pleased to offer a very special, age-worthy and exceptionally rare six litre bottle of the wonderful Troisième Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux, Chateau Lagrange 2012, beautifully displayed in a pine..

  • Fantastic CWI Bordeaux Trip

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    It was with pleasure for us at Cru Wine Investment to invite a number of our clients to our annual Bordeaux trip. The event took place in May 2016, with upcoming event scheduled for May/June 2017. Below the agenda of the trip: Chateaux visited: Mouton Rothschild Pontet Canet Lagrange Palmer Dominique Clinet It was a huge success..

  • What is wine investment? Basic steps for wine investment

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    14 December 2016 What is wine investment? If you are thinking of starting your own private cellar or wine investment with a professional organisation, below are the basic steps to consider. Choose your wine investment purchases, within your financial means. Lay down your wines within appropriate storage. Await appreciation. Sell your wine at the correct..

  • Wine investment November 2016 market update

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    Welcome to the Cru Wine investment November 2016 Investment update Fun Fact of the Month In a 750ml bottle of Champagne there are 49 million bubbles… approximately Market update Dear Follower, The standard-bearer Liv-ex 100 continued its upwards trajectory in November, closing +1.6% on the previous month and signalling an unprecedented 12 months of continual growth, to reach..

  • Cru Wine Investment April 16 newsletter

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    Welcome to the Cru Wine Investment April 2016 Investment update Fun Fact of the Month “Chateau Mouton Rothschild has been commissioning top artists to design its labels continuously since 1945. Some of the most celebrated artists have created the upper part of the label, including Dali, Picasso, Chagall, Warhol and Jeff Koons” Monthly update Dear Reader, Market..

  • Cru Wine Investment March 16 newsletter

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    Welcome to the Cru Wine Investment March 2016 Investment update Fun Fact of the Month “Because the winemakers of Château Cheval Blanc are highly impressed by the quality of this vintage’s wine (2015), they decided to use all for the first wine and produce no second wine (Petit Cheval)” Monthly update Dear Reader, Market update:..

  • CWI February wine news letter

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    Welcome to the Cru Wine Investment  February 2016 Investment update Fun Fact of the Month “Did you know that Château Margaux had been on sale for two years, before Mister Mentzelopoulos bought the estate for 72 million francs (€11 million) in 1976. It is currently valued at +1.2 billion euros” Monthly update Dear reader, Market..

  • CWI January wine news letter

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    January 2016 Investment update – wine news Fun Fact of the Month “Did you know that Château du Tertre (Margaux) is starting to produce a small quantity of white wine? It’s still in barrel, but will be out in a few weeks” Monthly update Dear Investor, The world financial markets have had a turbulent and..

  • Interview with Drinks Business on the diversification benefits of wine investment

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    While fine wine is regarded as strong in terms of historical returns compared to other investments, its diversification benefits are also being praised. Cru Wine Investment, a London-based fine wine investment firm, has recently conducted research showing the benefits of mixing a wine investment portfolio with other equities, bonds, real estate and commodities. Fine wine’s correlation with equities..

  • Cru Wine Investment interview on the diversification characteristics of fine wine

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    How strong is fine wine as a diversification asset class? Fine wine investment is next to its strong historical return also a great diversification product. When looking at a 10-year historical data-set, fine wine correlation with other securities is low, particularly with equities which makes its diversification characteristics attractive.Fine wine has long been promoted as..

  • Cru Wine Investment interview with Oracle Magazine

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      We’re better educated than ever before when it comes to wine. Not only do we now realise that white goes with fish and red with meat (a lesson surely symbolising the transition from boy to man), but we can spot a bold red at 50 paces and don’t hesitate to splash out on a..

  • Cru Wine Investment talks to Drinks Business on Bordeaux 2005 vintage

      Over the near-decade since 2005 en primeur prices were released, the biggest price leap has been seen by the second wines of Médoc first growths, especially Carruades de Lafite, which has made early investors a 469% return. Noting the “brand spill-over effect” driving this performance, CWI managing director Gregory Swartberg told the drinks business:..

  • A glass of red wine is the equivalent to an hour at the gym, says new study

    Love a good glass of vino but hate hitting the gym to work it off? This news will make your day. Research conducted by the University of Alberta in Canada has found that health benefits in resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, are similar to those we get from exercise. Red wine over a..

  • George Clooney Launches Tequila in the UK

    The brand, the name of which translates to “house of friends”, was founded by Clooney and his business partner Rande Gerber in 2012. Described as a small batch, ultra-premium Tequila, the range includes a Blanco, Reposado and Añejo and is said to be the fastest-growing ultra-premium Tequila in the US. Already available across the US, Bahamas, Canada and..

  • Burgundy Prices Stabilize with 2013 Vintage

    The 2013 vintage is giving fresh, focused and sensibly priced wines, even though they are in short supply. The Burgundy 2013 pre-release tastings in London have been dominated by two subjects – price, and the 2014 vintage. Producers are happy with the quality of the 2013, but after a growing season that was bedevilled by..

  • Will 2015 Be a Rosy Year for Wine?

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    Wall Street Journal wine columnist Will Lyons takes a look at the year ahead in wine and what it means for some of Europe’s best and brightest regions NOVELIST Alexander McCall Smith tells a wonderfully funny story about a fictitious trip to Italy’s Montalcino. While there, he meets a wine producer whose land is rather..

  • Investing in wine: seven things you need to know

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    Considering making the jump in to fine wine investment? Follow our advice so you end up with the best of the bottles Wondering how best to invest that £10,000 – or more – you have spare? Fine wine boasts one of the best performing asset classes of the last 20 years. And with the most..

  • ‘Wine connoisseur’ thief walked out of Harrods with bottle worth £20,000

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    A fine wine lover tried to walk out of Harrods with a bottle of Romanée-Conti worth £20,000 A thief described as “more of a connoisseur than a criminal mastermind” faces prison after walking out of Harrods with a bottle of fine wine worth £20,000. Boris Chaudemanche, 34, snatched the rare Cru from the Knightsbridge store..

  • Champagne houses complain to Bordeaux mayor over ‘cremant’ claims

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    Bordeaux mayor Alain Juppe may have dented his chances of earning French presidential campaign votes in the Champagne region after reportedly promising to serve more local sparkling wine at official functions. Juppe (pictured, centre), who is tipped to be in the running at France’s next presidential election in 2017, has annoyed several Champagne houses following..

  • Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

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    My Favorite Wines of 2014 Plus a few winemaker friends pick their favorites of the year There just aren’t enough days in the year to drink all the good wine.Wine Spectator‘s Top 100 of 2014 is always my go-to list, but I also have personal favorites. They aren’t necessarily the highest-rated, but these wines left an..

  • Q&A: Nicolas de Bailliencourt of Château Gazin

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    Nicolas de Bailliencourt is one of the owners of Pomerol’s Château Gazin, which counts Petrus, L’Évangile and other illustrious properties as neighbors. What are the first wines you remember drinking as a child? My grandparents had a vineyard in Lalande-de-Pomerol, and we used to spend holidays there. We had wine at all the meals but..

  • Former La Riviere owners to buy classified St Emilion estate

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    A year since the helicopter crash that killed James Gregoire of Chateau de La Riviere, his family have honoured one of his final wishes by agreeing to acquire Chateau Ripeau in St Emilion. The Gregoires have provisionally agreed to buy the 37-hectare, classified estate for an undisclosed fee. They are expected to sign the final..

  • Château Montrose to host Bordeaux’s Fête de la Fleur

    The 2015 Fête de la Fleur will also mark the 200th anniversary of the planting of Montrose’s vineyard. The second growth Château Montrose has been chosen to host next year’s Fête de la Fleur, the Bordeaux wine trade’s most prestigious party. The celebration will take place on June 18, 2015 immediately following the close of..

  • Burgundy and Bordeaux Continue to Dominate

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    It’s the same old story at recent sales – if you want top wines, you’ll have to dig deep. Auction bidders are showing no signs of fatigue with strong results at wine auctions in the past week. Acker, Merrall & Condit’s New York sale on October 20 achieved $3 million in sales, with the collection..

  • Harrods’ top 10 Wine bestsellers

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    Wine buyer, Ed Gerard, reveals the top-sellers by value among wines & spirits (and a certain wine preservation system) at the famous London store. “Harrods doesn’t necessarily follow the trends of the market,” Gerard told the drinks business. “Everyone’s been saying that Bordeaux is on its way down, but actually Bordeaux’s our top category sales-wise…

  • Philippe Sereys de Rothschild as “Mouton” chairman

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    Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, eldest son of Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and her first husband Jacques Sereys has been officially named as successor to his mother as chairman of the supervisory board of Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA. Philippe de Rothschild had been vice-chairman since 2006 and has been increasingly involved in running Chateaux Mouton..

  • Can the 2014 vintage Bordeaux save en primeur?

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    Somewhere on their bookshelves, Bordeaux chateaux owners must have a well-thumbed copy of Harvest Aphorisms; Putting Your Best Foot Forward. There’s one for every vintage, mainly linking the weather to deadly or glorious portents for the quality of the wine to come. Of course the skill comes in knowing how to deploy them. This year,..

  • Bordeaux 2014 – Guarded optimism as red harvest ends

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    Liv-ex has once again opened up the blog to Bordeaux grower, winemaker and writer Gavin Quinney (@GavinQuinney). In his final Bordeaux 2014 harvest report for Liv-ex, he provides an insider’s view on the end of the red grape harvest. There’s a sense of cautious optimism as the last of the red grapes are harvested in..

  • Top US auction house bets on Bordeaux rebound

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    Chicago’s Hart Davis Hart will hold its first Bordeaux-only auction at the end of this month, in what could prove a key test for signs of improved buyer confidence in 2014. Hart Davis Hart (HDH) said it expected to sell up to $5.5m of top Bordeaux wines from around 100 chateaux at the auction, to..

  • Wine Market – Bordeaux ‘lacks premium brands’, says Baron Philippe de Rothschild chief

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    Bordeaux’s image on the international wine market is hampered by a lack of premium brands that can appeal to mainstream consumers, the managing director of Baron Philippe de Rothschild has said. See full article here (decanter.com)

  • Sotheby’s Sells Record-Breaking $1.6 Million Superlot of Romanée-Conti Wine

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    Unrelated to the protests and political upheaval, something historic happened in Hong Kong this week. On October 4, Sotheby’s sold a 114 bottle set of Romanée-Conti wine for $1.6 million, setting the record for most expensive wine lot ever sold at auction. See full article here (Forbes.com)

  • 50 wines for 50 years: “It was a very happy birthday”

    To celebrate, Grapevine columnist Andy Perdue decided to gather a collection of wines unlike any other: a vertical of his life, one wine from each year he’s been around. See full article here (SeattleTimes.com)

  • Roederer launches first new Champagne ‘since 1974’

    That’s what we call a News. Louis Roederer has launched a Brut Nature Champagne from the 2006 vintage in collaboration with designer Philippe Starck. See full article here (decanter.com)

  • Bordeaux 2014 – The Red harvest begins

    With the 2014 harvest in Bordeaux now under way, the local wine producer and writer Gavin Quinney (@GavinQuinney) provides an insider’s view on the conditions that have been affecting this year’s crop. All photos below courtesy of Gavin Quinney. See full article here (Blog.Liv-Ex.com)

  • Time in a Bottle / Bordeaux

    “Miracles appear in the strangest places”     ~ Willie Nelson Yesterday’s Wine ~    Every time we drink a wine we witness a particular moment of its lifetime. Most of these moments might be amusing but forgettable. On a fortunate day, though, a rare moment captures you and you fall silent.   See full article here (mixedpalate.com)

  • Is Latour changing its strategy ?

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    Luxury goods houses across the industry are shifting uncomfortably in their seats right now. Gucci, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Prada are all reporting disappointing financial results after dramatic slowing down of sales in China, where the luxury goods market barely budged last year – growing 3% in 2013 compared to 30% in 2011. See full article..

  • Jacques Boissenot, Bordeaux’s Secret Winemaking Weapon, Dies at 76

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    Renowned “WineMaking Weapon”, consultant worked at more than 200 Médoc châteaus, including four first-growths. See full article here (@WineSpectator)

  • Bordeaux Index sees ‘green shoots of recovery’ in fine wine market

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    Fine wine merchant Bordeaux Index is seeing a recovery in the market thanks to growing demand for Bordeaux wines from the US and Asian markets. See full article here (Harpers.co.uk)

  • Glass half full: Asian investors stock up on £2,500 vintage Bordeaux wine

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    Bordeaux Index claims that market is now the best the last five years to buy fine vintage wine such as Petrus and Haut Brion. See full article here (Telegraph.co.uk)

  • Market Watch: Hopes rise as Bordeaux shows signs of life

    Fine wine buyers have spent August rediscovering their thirst for top Bordeaux, according to several traders, but talk of a full-blown recovery is premature.   See full article here (decanter.com)

  • Newsletter – September 2014

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    Monthy update We are happy to announce that we have again been able to offer a positive return on investment to both our existing and new customers in August. This month Robert Parker’s new Bordeaux 2003 ratings has played in our existing customer’s favour, particularly for Lafite 2003 which has been given 100-points. Additionally, as earlier predicted..

  • California continues strong vintages as harvest starts

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    Kick Off for the California Wine Harvest. Despite drought, right now it looks like another good year in prospect for California wine. Full article here

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