屬鼠年份的香槟葡萄酒,今年价格走势如何?

22nd January, 2020

庚子金鼠年临近在即,Liv-ex(伦敦国际葡萄酒交易所)分析了两个最近的属鼠年份(2008和1996年)的香槟葡萄酒,分析它们的价格表现和走势。

据机构较早前的报告,香槟的回报稳定的和波动性低,也令它成为收藏家理想的投资选择。该酒区已是发展最快的二手市场之一:五年来,香槟的交易总值份额由6%升至9%,而交易量更增长了150%。在优质葡萄酒市场下滑的2019年度中,香槟50是表现次佳酒区指数,上升2.3%。

2008和1996年同是出色的香槟年份。在二手市场上的2008年份香槟中,路易水晶Louis Roederer Cristal 最受欢迎。在2019年度,此酒占该酒区交易总值达8%,最后成交价为1,722英镑(每箱12×75);低于目前市场价格3%。此酒也获酒评家一致好评:,堪称“目前市场上最好的香槟”。

2008年份的唐培里侬Dom Perignon是“这标志性香槟自1996年以来的最好年份”(96+)。市场价格为1,250英镑(每箱12×75);目前2008年份的价格比1996 年份(每箱2,700英镑)便宜54%。然而,历史上,唐培里侬的价格往往与其酒龄密切相关(92%)– 其价值会随酒龄增加而上升。

喜欢桃红香槟的人士,也可不妨考虑1996年份的唐培里侬玫瑰香槟Dom Perignon Rose。在2019年度,此酒是交易总值最高的1996年份葡萄酒;最后成交价为3,800英镑(每箱12×75),比目前市场价低3%。

 

Tmall unveils beverage sales report for 2020 CNY celebration

22nd January, 2020

Beverage sales in China are always at their peak before the celebration of each lunar new year and China’s e-commerce giant Tmall recently announced a detailed report on the exponential surge of beverage sales driven by the preparation for new year.

According to the report, since the beginning of January 2020, the sales of beverage products in Tmall has experienced a growth of 198%. Sales of baijiu in particular have grown enormously, up 237% on the same period last year, followed by beer at 158%, wine at 156%, other spirits at 62% and the Chinese rice liquor huangjiu also at 62%. This reflects the bulk purchase behaviour of Chinese customers a month before Chinese New Year in order to prepare for the long celebration.

76.5% of the online customers are aged between 18 to 39, with the group aged 30 to 34 being the largest group within that at 26%. In terms of gender distribution, the proportion for male and female are almost the same.

The five cities that topped the sales report are, respectively, Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Young white collar workers are particularly interested in a diverse category of products, including both local and imported beer, wine and spirits. Tmall observed a rise in imported products, vintage items and collectibles this month, implying consumers are prone to step up their festive celebrations with boutique and high-end wine and spirits.

WBWE Asia announces second edition in China

22nd January, 2020

Following the success of its first edition, the World Bulk Wine Exhibition (WBWE) Asia will host the event again in Yantai, China, on 29-30 May 2020.

Yantai is known as China’s most important bulk wine city, with more than 80% of the bulk wine that enters China each year doing so via the port of Yantai.

Backed by the Chinese government, WBWE Asia places a strong emphasis on opening up the global market for Chinese wineries, as well as providing a platform for industry professionals around the world to meet and mingle.

On the press conference of the second edition of WBWE Asia, Zhao Xinzhi, representative of the Chamber of Commerce of Yantai, expressed his support for the event, which adds further legitimacy to the city’s status in the international wine industry.

Vicente Sánchez Migallón, CEO of the WBWE Asia, commented: “The fair helps global wine traders to gain a better understanding on the strategic importance of Yantai in Chinese wine market, eventually fostering more and more potential business opportunities in this vast market.”

For this coming edition, the fair will introduce new features including spirits, wine making related technology and innovation. The China National Food Industry Association will also be staged alongside WBWE Asia 2020.

Jack Ma opens his second bar in Shanghai

22nd January, 2020

Jack Ma, former executive chairman of Alibaba, has expanded his bar business with the opening of a second site in Shanghai this month.

Widly recognised as a Chinese business magnate, Ma is an avid wine lover and music enthusiast as well. In January 2019 he combined the two interests and debuted his first bar and music live house, HHB Music House, in Hangzhou. The bar swiftly aroused a sensation in the city.

According to Ma, he wanted to create a hub for people to hang out with good drinks and music. The name HHB has a double meaning of ‘Happy Honey Badger’ and ‘Healthy & Happy Bar’. Previously, he also named the semiconductor company under Alibaba after the honey badger, which is known for its fearless behaviour.

At the beginning of 2020, Ma opened the second branch of HHB in the Jing’an district of Shanghai. The dazzling opening of the bar was spiced up by the participation of Ma’s special friends, who are top singers and social media stars in China. The Shanghai store is also an exclusive offline outlet for the sales of Ma’s Sours Rosé wine, a special label produced by Ma’s Château de Sours.

Piedmont winery adopts blockchain closures

22nd January, 2020

Multinational closures company Guala Closures has announced that Piedmont-based Vigneti Massa is the first European winery to adopt its Nestgate closures, equipped with NFC technology.

Joint-owned by Timorasso pioneer Walter Massa, Vigneti Massa has launched the 2018 vintage of its wines with Guala’s new connected closures.

The closures on bottles of its Derthona Costa del Vento, Derthona Montecitorio and Derthona Sterpi will now provide consumers with detailed information on where the wines were made and the vineyards in which the grapes were grown. Tasting notes and expert reviews can also be viewed.

Guala has developed the technology in partnership with Luxembourg-based software company Compellio.

The consumer will also be able to verify the authenticity of their bottle thanks to blockchain technology. The closures are connected to a blockchain platform, with each bottle having a unique identification code.

The NFC caps have already been presented in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, France, Great Britain, Scandinavia, USA, Russia, Japan, Korea and Singapore and will be available from April 2020.

It follows the roll-out of similar closures and technology by wineries including Barossa Valley’s Seppeltsfield, Californian label Böen, and UK spirits giant William Grant & Sons.

Piero Cavigliasso, Guala Closures’ Group innovation technology director, commented: “This is a revolution in the European wine industry, which we have already applied to other markets in the USA.

“We are very pleased to be able to launch this product in Europe starting from the Italian market alongside an extraordinary professional such as Walter Massa, who has demonstrated once again that he is a forerunner by grasping the potential of this product.

“In actual fact, the oenologist Massa is the first wine producer in Europe to adopt our wine screw caps equipped with integrated NFC system, the second in the world after the Californian Böen, part of Copper Cane Wines & Provisions.”

Massa added: “Nowadays, growing vines is as great a privilege as drinking the wine. I’d like that the attention and the respect that I apply to managing the vineyard – as many of my colleagues do – with the least possible environmental impact and the care taken in the cellar during the winemaking, ageing and bottling processes, are enhanced in the purest way in the glass, without natural or manufacturing pollution.

“The bouquet must absolutely not be polluted by abnormal odours and the wholesomeness of the wine must not undergo any alteration. The aluminium closure, completely neutral, guarantees perfect protection and conservation over time.

“One phenomenon that is not talked about much is the counterfeiting of great wines, which for the community in question usually regards reds. As well as providing a new experience for the consumer, the NFC system guarantees the fight against counterfeiting and the “black market” for these pearls of nature, assuring their authenticity and traceability.”

Christie’s appoints new head of wines and spirits

22nd January, 2020

Auction house Christie’s has appointed Edwin Vos as its new head of Wines and Spirits and lead auctioneer for the category.

Vos will be responsible for key consignments, wine business development initiatives worldwide and working with the wine departments in London, Hong Kong, New York and Geneva.

He joined the company in 2012 as head of the Wine Department in Amsterdam having held various positions in the wine trade beforehand.

He is particularly knowledgeable on Bordeaux, Burgundy, Madeira and Port. He was inducted into the Commanderie de Bontemps de Médoc, Graves, Sauternes & Barsac in 2007 and Confraria do Vinho do Porto in 2018.

Throughout his tenure, Vos has helped engineer some notable sales including that of Baron von Staff in 2015, the record-breaking Comte de Vogüé sale and alpine 40th anniversary Jubilee sale last year.

He has also made Christie’s, arguably, the auctioneer of choice for old and rare Madeiras, with the world-record of US$39,200 being set for a bottle of 1715 JCA & A Terrantez which was sourced by Vos and sold in New York in 2016.

Global Masters Wine of the Week: A Gold-standard Chardonnay that won’t break the bank

22nd January, 2020

Every week we select a wine that picked up either a Gold or Master from our competition series, and tell you why the judges loved it. Enter the Global Masters and this could be your wine.

We recently published the results of our Chardonnay Masters 2019. While we do appreciate the high-end, masterfully crafted white wines of Burgundy, we discovered there are some very, very good alternatives coming out of the New World that don’t break the bank.

The judges thoroughly enjoyed the classic stone fruit flavours of apricot and peach in this “Burgundian” style Chardonnay, with one judge picking up the creamy, gentle aroma of persimmon. Others noted its smooth texture and overall balanced execution. Our fine wine editor Rupert Millar, who took part in this year’s blind tasting, said the nose carried some enticing “low level vanilla” without being overpowering. On the palate, though, the wine was “well put together and complex” with a brisk acidity and a subtle hint of lemon pie.

The aromas aren’t overpowering in this wine, so if you’re planning to serve it with dinner this weekend, go for something just as subtle and warming. The vanilla and stone fruit notes, and fresh acidity are a perfect match for creamy sauces, and lemon flavours in wines are a natural companion for chicken. While we’re still in the depths of winter, we think this is the ideal pairing for a chicken and leek pie, or maybe even raclette, if you’ve got a grill handy…

The wine: Tempus Two Copper Series Wilde Chardonnay

The source: Adelaide Hills and Hunter Valley, Australia

The grape(s): Chardonnay (100%)

ABV: 13%

Method: 100% barrel fermented in French oak

The style: A dry, barrel-aged, modern take on a Burgundian white wine

The winemaker: Andrew Duff

The price: Around £10-£20. Amazon is selling a case of three for just under £38.

The medal: Gold – The Chardonnay Masters 2019

Click here to find out more about our 2019 Chardonnay competition.

With high quality judges and a unique sampling process, the Global Wine Masters provides a chance for your wines to star, whether they hail from the great vineyards of Europe or lesser-known corners of the New World.

It’s a competition dedicated to making winners out of winemakers.

Please visit the Global Masters website for more information, or please call +44 (0)20 7803 2420 or email Sophie Raichura at: sophie@thedrinksbusiness.com

Medieval wine ‘supertanker’ to go on display in Wales this year

22nd January, 2020

Part of a merchant ship, constructed in 1449 and thought to have transported wine, is due to go on display at the Newport Ship Centre this year, with a building being sought to house the boat in its entirety.

The Newport Ship: Final Resting Place’ by David Jordan. Image: Friends of the Newport Ship, Facebook.

As reported by Wales Online, the boat, known as the ‘Newport Medieval Ship’, could carry up to 200 tonnes of wine per voyage.

Thought to have originated in the Basque Country, it was found buried in the banks of the river Usk in 2002.

Over 60 years older than the Mary Rose, the Newport Ship is over 35-metres long and is considered to be the best preserved and most complete vessel of its kind and age in the world.

Currently housed in an industrial unit in Newport, the ship is being painstakingly restored and reassembled by a team of volunteers working for the charity Friends of the Newport Ship, in conjunction with Swansea University. Shortly after the boat was found, the Welsh Government announced a £3.5 million plan to excavate, conserve and eventually display the vessel.

Over the years around 2,000 timbers from the ship have been recovered, and since then the team have been soaking the wood in preservatives and then freeze drying it.

Bob Evans, chairman of the Friends of the Newport Ship, told Wales Online that the intention was to have some of the timbers from the ship on display when the Newport Ship Centre is reopened in spring this year. He said he aims to have the remaining timbers back at the centre by the end of 2020.

The team are currently searching for a building within Newport which is large enough to house the ship in its entirety.

Evans said the team are prepared to reassemble the boat with assistance from specialists at Swansea University.

“Reassembling a 600-year-old ship from its original timbers is like doing a 3D jigsaw puzzle with 2,500 pieces, without the picture on the box,” Evans said.

As to the ship’s background, he stated: “We know nothing of her history but everything we have learned from our research suggests that our ship traded with Portugal and the Iberian peninsula and was engaged in the wine trade.

“She could carry up to 200 tonnes of wine in one voyage – that’s 50,000 gallons or around 200,000 bottles – truly a 15th century wine supertanker.”

You can read more about the work of the Friends of the Newport Ship here.

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Wineries for Climate Action welcomes new members

22nd January, 2020

The International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA) has announced it has welcomed its first four members.

Founded by Familia Torres and Jackson Family Wines last year, the IWCA is an association of wineries that have pledged to lower their environmental impact through a variety of initiatives.

The first four members of the association are Symington Family Estates in Portugal, Spottswoode Winery in the US, VSPT Group from Chile and Yealands Wine Group in New Zealand – all well known for their longstanding and evolving green programmes.

The requirements for joining include:

  • A complete end-to-end (through Scopes 1-3) Greenhouse Gas emissions inventory.
  • At least 20% of power generated through on-site renewable energy.
  • A reduction of at least 25% in CO2 emissions for every litre of wine produced.
  • A commitment to reducing total emissions by 50% by 2030 and at least 80% by 2045.

Rob Symington, associate director of Symington Family Estates, said: “Climate change is one of the greatest risks facing humankind. We need individuals, businesses and governments to rise to the challenge. At Symington Family Estates we are committed to systematically reducing our carbon footprint and working with our partners to reduce the emissions in our supply chain.

“We are very pleased to be joining IWCA as Applicant Members as we believe that this rigorous framework can lead the wine sector’s response to this existential threat.

“We encourage other wine companies to join us in making concrete public commitments with measurable goals to respond to the challenge of the climate crisis. We have no time to waste.”

For more information about the IWCA, click here.

Paul Bocuse’s restaurant loses third Michelin star

22nd January, 2020

L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges in Lyon, run by famed French chef Paul Bocuse until his death in 2018, has lost the third Michelin star it has continuously held since 1965.

In a controversial move by Michelin, the renowned Lyon restaurant has been demoted to a two-star rating due to the food quality being “no longer at the level of three stars”.

Bocuse’s family were reportedly “upset” by the decision, as the restaurant held its three-star accolade for a record-breaking number of years.

“There is one thing that we never want to lose – the soul of Mr Paul,” the Bocuse family said in a statement.

The news has also ruffled feathers in the industry. Food critic Périco Légasse called it “an absurd and unfair decision”, and went as far as to say that the institution of Michelin was “dead”.

“Obviously, there was a lot of emotion. There has been a variation in the level of the cuisine, but it remains excellent,” the Michelin Guide’s head, Gwendal Poullenec, told the Washington Post.

In recent years the Michelin Guide has made moves to counter criticism that it is biased towards classic French restaurants.

Known as the ‘pope’ of French cooking, Paul Bocuse died in the same room he was born in above the restaurant in January 2018, aged 91.

Bocuse revolutionised French cuisine in the ‘60s and ‘70s.As a reaction against the extravagances of the classic French cuisine of the past, Bocuse’s nouvelle cuisine dishes were characterised by their simplicity and lightness of touch.

However, his French roots ran deep. His favourite ingredient was butter, which he described as a “magical product”.

A recognisable figure with his chef’s hat and tricolour collar, Bocuse was the fist celebrity chef, greeting guests at their tables and appearing on TV, paving the way for the likes of Pierre Koffmann, Alain Ducasse and Joël Robuchon.

Business savvy Bocuse opened nine restaurants in his hometown of Lyon and further afield, with sites everywhere from Japan and New York to Switzerland.In 1987 he created the Bocuse d’Or, a biennial competition that is recognised as the culinary equivalent of the Olympic Games.