The estate-bottled wine anomaly

9th February, 2012 by db_staff

Estate-bottled wine – an anomaly of the 20th century? Oenologist Lee Winston investigates.

Until the early 20th century virtually all wine was shipped in bulk and bottled by the merchants who bought it.

This included top-quality wines such as Bordeaux first growths – Château Margaux was still being shipped in bulk up to the 1948 vintage.

Quality-focused producers then developed a penchant for estate-bottled wine and shipping in bulk fell out of favour. In the last couple of years, however, shipping wine in bulk has started to make a comeback. There are a number of reasons for this, the main one being fiscal, but there are also environmental and quality considerations.

So why did bulk shipping fall out of favour? Back then it was not….

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2 Responses to “The estate-bottled wine anomaly”

  1. Simon says:

    Can I just check I’ve got this right – the Drinks Business position (this is attributed to DB staff) is that …’Château Margaux…could easily return to bulk shipping and assure quality and value for money for their Chinese and American customers.’

    Would be very interested in Paul Pontallier’s view of this….

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