The run up to the 2014 vintage in France has been nothing if not erratic but, as the harvest kicks off in earnest, it may turn out alright.
Chateau La Lagune and Domaine Paul Jaboulet Ainé owners the Frey family has snapped up Château de Corton André in Burgundy for an undisclosed sum.
With offers for Treasury Wine Estates now coming thick and fast, Ron Emler looks at the reasons behind the recent flurry, and wonders what the players could have in store.
Sotheby’s has lined up over 1,000 “who’s who” lots of top flight Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhône for its London sale later this month.
Enterprising young winemaker Caroline Frey of Château La Lagune and Jaboulet is reviving the tradition of blending Bordeaux with Rhône via a new release.
A case of 1978 Guigal La Mouline sold for double its high estimate at Christie’s London sale last week.
The Rhône has maintained its off-trade lead within the French category despite a slight dip in volume over 2013.
The Liv-ex Fine Wine 1000 dipped for the fifth consecutive month in February with only the “Rest of the World” and old Bordeaux indices not slipping into negative figures.
A steady shift back towards traditional vinification methods among Rhône producers is helping to underpin quality across the region, according to Simon Field MW, Rhône buyer for Berry Brothers & Rudd.
The recently released 2010 vintage of Rhône producer Guigal’s “La Las” has sparked a flurry of trading activity on the Liv-ex fine wine exchange.
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