It will be a while before we get our first taste of 2013 Sancerre, but when it finally begins to splash into glasses in the fish restaurants of London, New York and Singapore, drinkers may detect an unusually pronounced note of gunflint.
Michael Madrigale hadn't really intended to bid on the six-liter bottle of 1991 Olivier Leflaive Montrachet, but as he looked around the room at the Acker Merrall & Condit auction, he couldn't find a single paddle in the air.
Asia's fine wine buyers have served a reminder of their financial muscle, with Christie's claiming a new auction record for Domaine de la Romanee-Conti in Hong Kong and rival Sotheby's selling a 100-case collection of Opus One to a buyer in China.
Chapoutier Australia's Tournon Shays Flat 2011 Shiraz has won the titles of Best Shiraz of Victoria region, Best red wine and Best wine of the competition at the Victoria contest. 350 wines were presented at this competition.