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The cost of producing a bottle of AOC Bordeaux | Vineyard Intelligence

The cost of producing a bottle of AOC Bordeaux | Vineyard Intelligence | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
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Liv-Ex En Primeur Survey

In summary, as voted by the Liv-ex Membership:
Vieux Chateau Certan is the wine of the vintage.
Grand Puy Lacoste tops the value for money category for the fifth year in a row
For the first time in 12 years of the survey, there was no wine that was evidently viewed as the most disappointing.
The vintage scored 92 overall; higher than 2007 (88), 2008 (91), 2011 (91), 2012 (91) and 2013 (88). It was lower than 2009 and 2010 (both 96).
Over two thirds of merchants are expecting more demand than for the 2013s.
Euro release prices are predicted to be 9% higher than last year, on average.
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Bordeaux 2014: Merchants nervous over prices ahead of en primeur campaign

Bordeaux 2014: Merchants nervous over prices ahead of en primeur campaign | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Chateau owners have shown little desire to drop prices for the Bordeaux 2014 en primeur campaign, testing the nerves of merchants who will need to decide which wines to recommend to consumers.
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Bordeaux 2014 pages live on Liv-ex

Bordeaux 2014 pages live on Liv-ex | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
James Suckling was one of the first out of the blocks with his 2014 scores (with more to come)
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The next "Rainmaker"?

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Bordeaux 2014: Chateaux use rare techniques to control high acidity in white wines

Bordeaux 2014: Chateaux use rare techniques to control high acidity in white wines | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Several white wine producers took the unusual step of performing the secondary malolatic fermentation of their Semillon or Sauvignon Blanc grapes, in an attempt to tame the high acidity that has been a feature of the Bordeaux 2014 vintage.
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Le Pin the Best Bet for Wine Investors | Wine News & Features

Le Pin the Best Bet for Wine Investors | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Le Pin the Best Bet for Wine Investors. A new report highlights the woeful return on investment for buyers of top Bordeaux wines. Read wine news & features.
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Deadly vine diseases now 'top priority' for French winemakers

Deadly vine diseases now 'top priority' for French winemakers | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Grapevine trunk diseases are a growing concern for French winemakers with the latest government figures showing more than 100,000 hectares of vineyard lost in 2014.
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Weak euro boosts Bordeaux’s prospects

Weak euro boosts Bordeaux’s prospects | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Liv-ex have been looking at exchange rates as one reason why the fine wine market is showing distinct signs of life after an unprecedented four years of decline. “Confidence in the market appears to be returning with the Liv-ex 100 increasing for 6 months in a row since its low in July,” said Liv-ex MD and co-founder, James Miles. “In January the index was up 1.8% on record volumes for the exchange. The weakness of the Euro and a busy market ahead of the Chinese New Year have certainly been contributing factors, together with a sense that there is some value in the fine wine market at these levels.”
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Talking Trade: 13-19 February 2015

Talking Trade: 13-19 February 2015 | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Although much of the trade in Asia have been busy with Chinese New Year this week, the Exchange continued to see high levels of activity. Bordeaux’s share was down on the previous week, allowing Burgundy to make gains: it took...
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Bordeaux ‘returning to favour’ among fine wine buyers

Bordeaux ‘returning to favour’ among fine wine buyers | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Growing numbers of collectors and investors have come back to Bordeaux in early 2015, according to merchant Bordeaux Index and the Liv-ex trading exchange.
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Bordeaux Vineyards Threatened By New Pest | Wine News & Features

Bordeaux Vineyards Threatened By New Pest | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Bordeaux Vineyards Threatened By New Pest. An Asian fruit fly, capable of infecting grapes with sour rot, is causing concern in Bordeaux.
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«Bordeaux fête le vin», un concept qui s'exporte loin | Laurent ABADIE | Actualités

«Bordeaux fête le vin», un concept qui s'exporte loin | Laurent ABADIE | Actualités | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
«Bordeaux fête le vin», dont la 9e édition se clôture dimanche sur un nouveau record de fréquentation, fait des émules dans de grandes villes du monde et, après Hong...
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Bordeaux Gets Chinese Hangover | Wine News & Features

Bordeaux Gets Chinese Hangover | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Bordeaux Gets Chinese Hangover. Slide in sales to China blamed for lackluster performance. Read the latest wine news & features on wine-searcher
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François Lévêque : ça passe ou ça casse !

François Lévêque : ça passe ou ça casse ! | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Acteur important et influent du marché bordelais, François Lévêque répond aux questions du "Point".
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In focus: the second wines

In focus: the second wines | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
In 2010 the second wines of the Bordeaux First Growths surged into the headlines seemingly only to fade away just as quickly, how have they been faring since?
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Bordeaux 2014: What if prices go up?

Bordeaux 2014: What if prices go up? | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
The trade is ready, initial reactions are positive, some scores are trickling in, the euro is declining, the US might be interested, what happens if prices go up this en primeur?
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Rising tide of unsold Bordeaux

Rising tide of unsold Bordeaux | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
“Apart from the First Growths, availability of the 2013s is well below average,” said Liv-ex director Justin Gibbs. “That’s not because it sold through. It didn’t even get to the market as the merchants and négociants didn’t buy any. In fact it didn’t get out of the château door. Overall there’s a lot of stock in the distribution chain, and the merchants and négociants cannot afford to absorb any more. Their balance sheets won’t support it.”
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Another evidence that the Châteaux are in the process of breaking up the traditional distribution channels? Who are the Liv-Ex 440 members?  Why so much bad press about the primeurs campagin 2014? Do traditional merchants sense the same? Is today's market open to have direct relationships with the Châteaux?

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Bordeaux to Ignore Calls for Lower Prices | Wine News & Features

Bordeaux to Ignore Calls for Lower Prices | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Bordeaux to Ignore Calls for Lower Prices. Hopes of price restraint are dashed as châteaux look to cash in on a better vintage.
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Have Bordeaux Châteaux started a slow motion process to break the traditions of dealing w/ merchants?

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Wine is not for investing, says Parker

Wine is not for investing, says Parker | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Accounting for professional storage costs, slow appreciation and insurance makes investment in wine a tough and often fruitless endeavour, according to Parker.

Speaking to news agency Reuters, he said “It has to be stored properly. It has to be insured. That’s a significant tie-up of assets.
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Parker Bows Out of En Primeur | Wine News & Features

Parker Bows Out of En Primeur | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Parker Bows Out of En Primeur. The most influential wine critic passes the baton to the next generation – at least for Bordeaux en primeur.
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Frankly, will Neal Martin have the same clout over Bordeaux prices as Robert Parker have?  It will be a very exciting 2014 En Primeur campaign...

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Parker’s predictions: ten years on

Parker’s predictions: ten years on | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
"Americans may scream bloody murder when looking at the future prices for the 2003 first growth Bordeaux (an average of $4,000 (£2,300) a case), but if my instincts are correct, 10 years from now a great vintage of these first...
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How important are ex-châteaux sales?

How important are ex-châteaux sales? | Grande Passione | Scoop.it

Via Vitabella Luxury Wine / Twitter @Vitabellawine / Also check www.vitabella.fr
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Mirjana Martic's curator insight, February 11, 1:19 PM

Les ventes ex-chateaux font une petite part des ventes  en enchères des grands vins.

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Little-known Bordeaux sells out in 24 hours

Little-known Bordeaux sells out in 24 hours | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Proving that good-value Bordeaux has no problem finding a buyer in the UK, a top-end blend from Canon-Fronsac sold out in just over 24 hours this week through one London merchant.
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Lidl targets middle class with Bordeaux Grand Cru push | decanter.com

Lidl targets middle class with Bordeaux Grand Cru push | decanter.com | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
Discount retailer Lidl is 'ripping up' its UK stores to make space for thousands of cut-price French wines, including Bordeaux Grand Cru, but sourcing some of the more prestigious names has proved tougher than expected.
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The French Wine Industry - Just Like Dallas | Wine News & Features

The French Wine Industry - Just Like Dallas | Wine News & Features | Grande Passione | Scoop.it
The French Wine Industry - Just Like Dallas. The seemingly idyllic vineyards surrounding Saint-Émilion are depicted as the setting for a sordid soap opera.
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