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offer of the day – william fevre 2016

By billn on February 17, 2018 #the market

Hot from my inbox from a Swiss importer. The prices of the 2015s are in brackets for you to compare:

CHABLIS Village 75cl 22.00 (19.00) Swiss Francs*
CHABLIS Montée de Tonnerre 75cl 45.00 (42.00)
CHABLIS Preuses 75cl 75.00 (65.00)
CHABLIS Bougros Côtes de Bouquerots 75cl 79.00 (65.00)
CHABLIS Les Clos 75cl 89.00 (75.00)

Quite large jumps versus last year, but Les Clos was one of the best wines of my whole tour of 60 domaines in January…
*The prices are ‘delivered’ but will attract another 8% Swiss tax

offer of the day – robert groffier 2016

By billn on February 02, 2018 #the market

The prices for the 2015s, offered last year, are included for reference, in the brackets:

Domaine Robert Groffier

Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2016 75cl 39.50 (38.00) (Swiss Francs*)
Gevrey-Chambertin Les Seuvrées 2016 75cl 89.00 (79.00)
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Hauts Doix 2016 75cl 159.00 (146.00)
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers 2016 75cl 179.00 (158.00)
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses 2016 75cl 399.00 (349.00)
Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 2015 75cl 399.00 (349.00)
Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru 2016 75cl not offered (378.00)

First of all, I realise that yields in Chambolle were very low due to the frost, but these remain in my (old fuddy-duddy) mind, fantasy pricing. Yet I realise that whilst that is the common reaction for people who have been buying burgundy for 20+ years, for the new generation of buyers, they are the only prices that they know, and as one producer told me this year – ‘The higher I raise my prices, the more is the demand!

*There is an additional 8% Swiss sales tax to add to these prices, but there are no additional delivery costs.

offer of the day – thibault liger-belair 2016s

By billn on January 12, 2018 #the market

Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair 2016 EP/Pre-Arrivals

Prices arrived today from my Swiss merchant. The 2015 prices (from last January) are in brackets for comparison. This year it’s the case of the missing Richebourg, still no Beaujolais and the arrival of wines from Corton! :

NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES La Charmotte 75cl 55.00* (49.50) (Swiss Francs)
CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY 75 cl 69.00 ( – )
VOSNE-ROMANEE Aux Réas 75cl 76.00 (69.50)
NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES Les Saint-Georges 75cl 118.00 (109.00)
NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES Les Saint-Georges 150cl 256.00 ( – )
CORTON CLOS DU ROI 75cl 159.00 ( – )
CLOS DE VOUGEOT 75cl 169.50 (158.00)
RICHEBOURG 75cl – (395.00)
CORTON-CHARLEMAGNE 75cl 198.00 ( – )

Call me an old fuddy-duddy – but I don’t understand current pricing – I see no value here.

*As always, these wines are without the 8% Swiss purchase tax, but include the cost of delivery…

offer of the day – joseph drouhin’s beaune 1er clos des mouches

By billn on January 10, 2018 #the market

The offer doesn’t differentiate, but I’m pretty sure that these are all red!

Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru 2010 75cl 79.00 *Swiss Francs
Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru 2011 75cl 69.50
Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru 2011 150cl 144.00
Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru 2012 75cl 79.00
Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru 2012 150cl 163.00
Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru 2015 75cl 84.00

*There is 8% Tax to add in Switzerland, but then these are delivered prices

Double the price of practically all other (none Drouhin) Beaune 1ers, but always a great wine. That said, I think I’d be more tempted if they were offering the white!

beaujolais en primeur

By billn on January 05, 2018 #the market

Beaujolais En Primeur – And from a wine merchant to the Queen too.

For a region that has, for too long, been unfairly ignored this seems like something of a breakthrough. I well remember the first Burgundy En Primeur that BB&R ran – for the 1996 vintage – I bought two cases. Those were very different times, BB&R opting out of doing the same for the 1997s as they thought the quality of the vintage didn’t warrant the effort – nobody would dare to do (say!) that today!

But it’s also possible to be critical of their BJ offer:

– Only 13 options – at release.
– Only one domaine that’s actually from Beaujolais too – and Olivier Merlin excepted, all the rest are long-term suppliers to this merchant from the Côte d‘Or.

But you have to start somewhere, and maybe next year they will have a little more imagination!

offer of the day – 2016 l’Arlot

By billn on December 20, 2017 #the market

In my inbox today – I offer the comparison with the price (in brackets) of the 2015 this time last year…

Domaine de l’Arlot

Nuits-Saint-Georges Mont des Oiseaux 1er Cru 2016 75cl – – (59.00)* Swiss Francs
Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos de l’Arlot 1er Cru 2016 75cl 85.00 (79.00)
Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos Forêts St-Georges 1er Cru 2016 75cl 85.00 (79.00)
Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos Forêts St-Georges 1er Cru 2016 150cl 175.00 (- -)
Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots 1er Cru 2016 75cl 119.00 (109.00)
Romanée Saint Vivant Grand Cru 2016 75cl 486.00 (445.00)

– – = not offered
*Note that 8% sales tax is also due, but delivery cost is included…

an epitaph to maison ilan…

By billn on December 10, 2017 #the market

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Often an epitaph is used as a form of honour – and that clearly shouldn’t be the case here – I simply choose to use this word in the context of remembering something has, eventually, officially, died.

The wheels of French justice are certainly not the fastest – it has taken 18 months – but Maison Ilan is now officially being liquidated. This means that despite the piecemeal promises of its former owner to those whose money he took, they will see nothing in return. Okay, perhaps there may be a few cents on the dollar / pennies on the pound – but that assumes somebody will buy what remains. The bottles – as many as 3,000 of them – will without doubt find a buyer, somewhere, but the barrels of 2015, 2014 and even a couple of 2013s? It’s equally likely that the administrators will have to pay to dispose of them.

Think what you will of the former owner most recently choosing to blame his children; his wife; racists; personal vendettas; bit-part bloggers; defamers; stalkers; moles; #FrenchCustoms; oh and himself – if only in part – I’m sorry if have missed a few…

christmas magnums…

By billn on December 07, 2017 #the market

Only because he’s a friend, and you might be able to get your hands on some, here’s a Christmas in magnums offer received today.
There will be no kick-backs (he doesn’t know that I’ve posted this) as I already have my Christmas magnums prepared:
1992 Francois Jobard, Meursault Genevrières
1997 Lamarche, La Grande Rue
2010 Pascal Marchand, Fixin Clos de la Chapitre

Oh – I suppose that you will need a link

offer of the day – drouhin-laroze 2016

By billn on December 06, 2017 #the market


Gevrey-Chambertin En Champs 2016 75cl 49.50* Swiss Francs
Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaut-St-Jacques 1er Cru 2016 75cl 65.00

Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016 75 cl 119.00
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2016 75cl 125.00
Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 2016 75cl 145.00
Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru 2016 75cl 158.00

*There is 8% Tax to add in Switzerland, but then these are delivered prices

One could say that these are relatively modest prices when compared to those of Clos des Lambrays which I published a few days ago…

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