Buying two years before the wine is bottled doesn't just tie up cash but it's a gamble and worth it only in a great vintage, fairly priced. Judging by the critical reaction, 2014 is unanimously thought to be good, but not great.
Writing on erobertparker.com (£), Parker wrote that despite the “train wreck” that was the pricing and release strategy which characterised that woeful campaign, “what stands out about the bottles 2012 Bordeaux is that they performed as well, if not better, than the barrel tastings.”
Imagining a Better Future for the Soils of Champagne. In Champagne, like in many of the world's most famous wine regions, vineyard land has become egregiously expensive. According to winemakers I spoke with on my recent visit, one hectare (about 2.5 acres) now sells for more than 1.5 million euros. Prices for grand cru vineyards go even higher.
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When it comes to alcohol content, all wines are definitely not created equal. A German riesling may contain only half the alcohol of a riesling from California or Australia. A French Champagne may be 25 percent more potent than an Italian spumante. And a big California zinfandel might approach fortified-wine levels.
Although I have never wanted to make wine myself — too much of a control freak to be in thrall to nature, too impractical to manage it — I always fancied my blending skills. But a recent session with Bordeaux’s most admired consultant oenologist was
Nicolas Audebert of Canon and Rauzan-Segla has told Decanter.com that both estates should release Bordeaux 2014 wines within the next 10 days, but others remain coy - despite Mouton Rothschild selling well this week.
We turn off the main Shangri-La to Lhasa road just as the Mekong river is narrowing to one of its tightest spots, writes Jane Anson in her latest column after visiting Moet Hennessy's winery in China's Yunnan province.
The auction came amid signs some appetite for top Bordeaux is reviving after a price drop between 2011 and 2014. Burgundy has frequently led auctions in the past couple of years, and rarer Californian wines as well as those from northern Italy and the Rhone are featuring more frequently among top bids.
Moet Hennessy Estates & Wines, producers of wines including Cloudy Bay and Cheval des Andes, is due to bottle its highly anticipated Chinese red wine within the next few weeks, with an international launch due for Autumn 2015.
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