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bottle angst…

Here. EDIT: Published today (24th) – perhaps it’s the Carla effect

results from the hospices de beaune sale…

results from the hospices de beaune sale…

Picture from the organisers. The official statement from the organisers. For what it is worth, I think the prices underline the expected quality of what was harvested, but more-so the quantity that was actually harvested, given that 2012′s lowest yields were seen in the Côte de Beaune. Whilst I personally felt Anthony Hanson’s pre-sale hyperbole about 2005 levels of quality too much, here is his post-sale assessment: “Many records were broken at the 152nd Hospices de Beaune auction. Star cuvées among the red wines included (with average price per barrel and percentage increase compared with 2011): Clos de la Roche, Cuvée Georges Kritter €55,667 (without premium +94.2%) and Mazis-Chambertin, Cuvée Madeleine Collignon at €38,318 (without premium +57.7%). Thanks to a recent generous donation, a new [....]

Clos des Mouches L’Ouvrée des Dames

Clos des Mouches L’Ouvrée des Dames

…symbolic of femininity and also the transmission of know-how from woman to woman, to design a unique jeroboam wine label as well as a custom made piece of furniture… Beauty will be in the eye of the beholder!

offer of the day – henri boillot 2011s…

VILLAGES BLANCS 2011 BOURGOGNE Chardonnay 75cl 20.00 (Swiss francs) MEURSAULT 75cl 39.00 PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 75cl 42.00 PREMIERS CRUS BLANCS 2010 MEURSAULT Les Genevrières 75cl 79.00 (68.00) MEURSAULT Les Perrières 75cl 79.00 (69.00) PULIGNY-MONTRACHET Clos de La Mouchère 75cl 72.00 (68.00) PULIGNY-MONTRACHET Les Caillerets 75cl 75.00 (69.00) PULIGNY-MONTRACHET Les Pucelles 75cl 78.00 (72.00) GRANDS CRUS BLANCS 2010 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE 75cl 99.50 (98.00) CRIOTS BÂTARD MONTRACHET 75cl 168.00 (159.00) BIENVENUES BÂTARD MONTRACHET 75cl 189.00 (178.00) BÂTARD MONTRACHET 75cl 249.00 (235.00) CHEVALIER-MONTRACHET 75cl 359.00 (349.00) MONTRACHET 75cl 448.00 (399.00) VILLAGE & PREMIERS CRUS ROUGES 2010 VOLNAY 75cl 39.00 VOLNAY Les Caillerets 75cl 69.00 (66.00) POMMARD Les Rugiens 75cl 69.00 GRANDS CRUS ROUGES 2010 CLOS DE VOUGEOT 75cl 105.00 (98.00) BONNES MARES 75cl 169.00 (159.00) CHAMBERTIN 75cl 169.00 (159.00) 2011 [....]

‘parasitical & inflationary’

This is good news for those idealists who view wine investment as fundamentally parasitical and inflationary… Andrew Jefford @ Decanter That’ll be me then! [Archived]

château de gevrey-chambertin – sold!

I was travelling the last days so couldn’t post the news, hence, Keith beat me to it. But the news is that the small domaine which includes Gevrey-Chambertin’s most iconic building is now sold. Whilst that (surely) must auger for some eventual improvement in the quality of the wines, there is local angst that the efforts that they made to buy the buildings and vines for the village of Gevrey-Chambertin were thwarted at the last-minute. Locals had amassed a $5 million offer, but lost out to $8 million from a group of Chinese investors (reportedly) from Macau. I’m sure it smarts. The headlines will shout ‘Chinese buyers’ and there will doubtlessly be some ill-thought quasi-xenophobic editorials, yet I expect the biggest shame will come from [....]

a new owner of the nsg clos des grandes vignes…

a new owner of the nsg clos des grandes vignes…

Part of the de Montille disposals to fund the purchase of the Château de Puligny; unofficially, we’ve known about the new owner for the last couple of weeks, but as the words finally trip from his own mouth, I think I’m safe enough to broadcast it Based on the numbers in the SAFER website, we can assume that with all taxes and fees paid, the final bill was about €3 million, for the only premier cru on the ‘wrong side’ of the RN74… Just bought the 2,2 hectares of the Monopoly Nuits Saint Georges 1er cru “Clos des Grandes Vignes”. A new Monopoly for the Estate (the 3rd…after Clos du Chateau and La Romanée) and a new challenge for myself…try to make some “drinkable” white [....]

domaine maume – alive and well, despite other reports…

domaine maume – alive and well, despite other reports…

When I previously reported on the ‘death of Domaine Maume‘, it was based on two news reports and a subsequent conversation I had with Pascal Marchand in Zürich. The reports had never mentioned Bertrand Maume, and actually he was never a subject of my chat with Pascal either – probably driven by me as I assumed Bertrand was now out of the picture – mea-culpa! I did eventually correct myself once the current situation was confirmed to me by ‘Marchand-Tawse’ – i.e. that Bertrand remains at the domaine and that Pascal is merely delivering the benefit of his long careers in consulting and wine-making – but that correction was rather buried in the comments section of the original post. So what better way to make [....]

more rudy k…

The best commentary on the Rudy K saga yet, fashioned by somebody who was there as a ‘player’. http://oldvinenotes.com/ [Archived]

now there’s a thing – a new owner in montrachet…

now there’s a thing – a new owner in montrachet…

French businessman François Pinault just bought 0,417 hectares of Montrachet for 1 million € via @bourgognelive — Caroline PARENT GROS (@cparentgros) Juni 15, 2012 So, following on from yesterday’s news stories, now we know how Etienne de Montille can afford to buy the Château du Puligny-Montrachet But as far as I know the Château de Puligny-Montrachet actually held 0.0428ha – that only produces a little over 200 bottles per year! – so perhaps Caroline’s decimal point slipped: http://chateaudepuligny.com/fiche_technique.php?id=15&type=1 So that would make the whole vineyard worth €186.7 million….! [EDIT] There you go: Uh oh, expensive typo. It is 1million € for 0,0417 hectares of Montrachet that François Pinault bought from Chateau de Puligny. — Caroline PARENT GROS (@cparentgros) Juni 15, 2012

fraud – a statement from the BIVB

fraud – a statement from the BIVB

Whilst it doesn’t say that much in itself, I find it highly encouraging that they are so open about this: Investigation at Labouré Roi: Burgundy wine industry joins proceedings as civil party Beaune, le 15 juin 2012 Following the announcement on Wednesday, 13th June of an investigation being carried out jointly by the fraud office and the police into a suspected case of fraudulent activity within the firm Labouré Roi, the Burgundy wine industry has decided to join proceedings as a civil party in order to be fully informed of the details of the case. The Burgundy Wine Board (BIVB), whose primary role is to promote and enhance the image of its wines, recognises the seriousness of the accusations made being brought against this company. [....]

various…

So plenty of hot air is being generated by the fraud story broken by Le Bien Public yesterday, but frankly there seems only hot air; the few known ‘facts’ seem to be an idea of the quantity of fraudulent bottles (one assumes lower appellation wine being given a higher appellation label rather than cutting with vin d’Algerie as was once popular) and that four directors of Labouré-Roi have been arrested. I guess more ‘facts’ might prejudice any trial, but let’s see if anything useful leaches out… Château du Puligny-Montrachet has been bought by the de Montille family of Volnay. The only surprise here is that the official announcement of this has taken so long – there was plenty of ‘chatter’ already at the end of [....]

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