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offer of the day – camus?

offer of the day – camus?

I know I harp on about this from time to time, but Camus get the bad press that they deserve with regard to the average quality of their wines, but it is very easy to lose a certain perspective. Look at the offer I have this weekend from a Swiss merchant (in swiss francs). Now let’s be honest, this is never going to be the best Chambertin, but note the price. You cannot buy a current vintage Chambertin for under €200, indeed the price here is more in the order of a current vintage Chambolle/Vosne/Gevrey/Morey – but a villages wine, not even a 1er cru!* I haven’t tasted this 2010 for a long time, but let me be clear, this will be a significantly better [….]

“can I refill it and put the cork back?”

“can I refill it and put the cork back?”

I guess I’m going to have to see this one*. I guess I’m still not the only one trying to workout how the auctioneers; Acker, Bagheera, Spectrum and previous Christies management – and they are probably not alone – could make so much money from this – without sanction… *By the way, Ponsot said that 80% of all pre-1980 wines from a handful of Burgundy producers, at auction, was fake – not 80% of ALL Burgundy wines at auction!

move over drc – for expensive bouchard père…

move over drc – for expensive bouchard père…

You didn’t think that I’d let this slip by eh? I may have previously mentioned that I bought wine at the last ex-cellars sale of Bouchard Père et Fils wines, in that particular case from Sothebys. At the weekend there was another sale, again featuring ex-cellars wines, but this time it was Christies with the gavel, and just for good measure, the venue Hong Kong, not London. Of-course it was the impeccably stored 19th-century bottles that took the honours – no less than the 1865 Chambertin, re-corked in 1991 – a snip at USD 39,661. And that’s despite the sale catalogue having to resort to a tasting note dated 1995! I note that on a per-bottle level, this was easily the most expensive bottle in [….]

offer of the day – leroy…

Or maybe that should be offer of the millennium? It would set you back a mere $43,400 for one each of these wines – a little over $800 as an average bottle price – clearly a bagatelle for some, though on the other hand, probably enough to fit wells and sanitation to a number of sub-Saharan villages. You pays your money… Red Burgundy 2013 Domaine Leroy Clos Vougeot Grand Cru (750ml) $2,375.00  (US Dollars) 2013 Domaine Leroy Clos de la Roche Grand Cru (750ml) $2,650.00  2013 Domaine Leroy Nuits St Georges Aux Bas de Combe (750ml) $555.00  2013 Domaine Leroy Nuits St Georges Aux Lavieres A.C. (750ml) $555.00  2013 Domaine Leroy Pommard Les Vignots (750ml) $555.00  2013 Domaine Leroy Richebourg Grand Cru (750ml) $2,800.00  2013 Domaine Leroy Romanee St Vivant Grand [….]

offer of the day – henri boillot 2014s…

Don’t ask me what happened to the 2013s – I’ve seen nothing from this merchant since the 2012s – but suddenly, they are back in action! But it’s a good look at the pricing history in Switzerland, even if the 13s are missing! In brackets, you will see the equivalent prices from the 2012 offer, the 2011 offer and then the 2010 offer, in the format; 2014 chf (2012 2011 2010): VILLAGES BLANCS 2014 BOURGOGNE Chardonnay 75cl 22.00 (22.00 20.00 20.00) Swiss francs MEURSAULT 75cl 44.00 (44.00 39.00 39.00) Saint Aubin 75 cl 32.00 PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 75cl 48.00 (48.00 42.00 42.00) PREMIERS CRUS BLANCS 2014 MEURSAULT Les Genevrières 75cl 79.50 (89.50 79.00 68.00) MEURSAULT Les Perrières 75cl 89.50 (98.00 79.00 69.00) Puligny Les Perrières 75 cl [….]

a great story…

A great story – everything that Maison Ilan should have been…https://t.co/KjyybQOmgO — bill nanson (@billnanson) August 17, 2016

ex-cellar bouchard père et fils auction…

ex-cellar bouchard père et fils auction…

Article link here It must have been around 1999 that Sotheby’s made the very same ex-cellars sale. It quickly followed the purchase of Bouchard Père et Fils by Henriot (of Champagne). I actually bought a few things as I liked that they came direct from Bouchard’s cellars. Provenance is, of-course, king, but most of my purchases have been drunk, though maybe I’ve still some 1997 Le Corton (OWC!) left – somewhere! Fifteen-plus years later, and looking at some of the quoted estimates, I don’t expect that this time round I’ll be buying very much – which is a shame as I quite fancied the mixed case of Volnay Caillerets!

new(s) from inter beaujolais…

Inter Beaujolais* is the ‘southern‘ equivalent of the BIVB. Yesterday they announced some changes: At their Extraordinary General Meeting on July 13, the members of Inter Beaujolais endorsed the appointments of Dominique Piron as President and David Ratignier as Vice-President. Every two years these positions switch between ‘traders’ and ‘growers’ – we now enter the grower’ phase. Dominique Piron, 66 is a grower from Morgon and David Ratignier, 46, is a grower in Saint-Etienne-la-Varenne. For the full announcement, in French, click here. *The Interprofessional des Vins du Beaujolais was formed in 1959 and has responsibility for the 12 Beaujolais appellations. This encompasses an area of ​​16,000 heczares in 2 départments (Rhone and Saone et Loire), producing roughly 100 million bottles per year, representing nearly 2000 [….]

Enter – Carel Voorhuis

Right: Carel Voorhuis at Ardhuy, 29 November 2015. So, finally I’m no-longer embargoed! – Carel Voorhuis of Domaine d’Ardhuy will replace David Croix at Camille Giroud. Here, hot from my inbox, is their joint statement: Chers amis, Suite à vos nombreuses sollicitations, nous vous confirmons qu’effectivement, des changements vont avoir lieu au domaine d’Ardhuy et chez Camille Giroud. Après 15 ans, David Croix quitte la tête de la Maison Camille Giroud et Carel Voorhuis quitte le Domaine d’Ardhuy, prenant la succession de David. Les vinifications du millésime 2016 se feront de part et d’autre en binôme : les deux maisons ont le souci de la pérennisation de la qualité des vinifications et du style maison, dans l’esprit de la recherche de l’excellence qui les meut [….]

elin’s apocalypse…

elin’s apocalypse…

Elin predicts the end for burgundy…https://t.co/7QM7waoYS2 — bill nanson (@billnanson) June 28, 2016 A thoughtful article from Elin McCoy, which has many overtones of my own ‘Vuittonification‘ post from last December. Elin has taken a more personal (producer) perspective versus my more structural perspective – but the conclusions are the same. The only things that have changed since my post in December is that we now clearly have a tiny 2016 vintage underway, one that can only make pricing even more difficult for the market to swallow, and a European (fiscal) market in turmoil due to Brexit. Everyone sees the problem, yet, seemingly, no-one can help avoid the impending market crash for Burgundy wines.

David Croix – on the move…

David Croix – on the move…

There’s no doubt that David Croix has been very busy at two Beaune producers for the last years; working at, and then overseeing, Maison Camille Giroud since 2001 and his own Domaine des Croix (with investors), since 2005. But at the end of this year he will be making some big changes: “I’m proud of what we have achieved at Camille Giroud, and 15 years has gone by really quickly, but I’ve decided that it’s time for a change. It’s really possible that a fresh pair of eyes and hands can take Camille Giroud to a new level – which I’m really hoping for. So the 2016 harvest will be my last for Camille Giroud as I will be moving to a new project at [….]

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