The recent liquidation of French merchant 1855.com raises a lot of questions – not least why it kept trading for so long, leading some to suspect a conspiracy.
The Swiss already spend around €10 billion a year in cross-border shopping – a figure set to rise on the back of a devalued Euro and likely to benefit nearby wine merchants.
Two of Bordeaux’s leading players speak to the drinks business about the volatile Chinese market and the current mood among négociants.
Will next year’s Bordeaux futures campaign see a large scale return to the market of US buyers and how will that affect the campaign amid calls for cuts?
Champagne Charlie is alive and well and living in Washington, as this snapshot of one of the city’s leading wine shops reveals.
Thomas Duroux of Château Palmer, Xavier Sanchez of Pichon Baron, Veronique Sanders of Haut-Bailly and merchant François Thienpont give their views on en primeur and next year’s campaign.
Bordeaux en primeur prices could drop by up to 30% compared to last year if one takes into account a newly weakened euro, believes Allan Sichel.
Liv-ex director James Miles has delivered a stark warning to Château-owners in the run-up to next year’s en primeur.
Memories of cheque-book waving Chinese mobbing Berry Bros & Rudd’s Hong Kong office have long faded, but Simon Staples, the firm’s sales director for Asia, says it isn’t all doom and gloom.
British consumers are turning their backs on Bordeaux after losing faith in both producers in the region and the en primeur system, according to two key fine wine merchants.
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