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<p>Champagne Moet &amp; Chandon has launched its 2012 ‘Grand Vintage’ – the 74th vintage release from the house and one that reportedly overcomes the challenges of the year’s growing season.</p><p>Benoit Gouez, Moet’s cellar master, says that “2012 was an unprecedented year in the records of winemaking. So many trials and tribulations and yet such promising results. Nature treated the vineyards to almost every form of meteorological disaster.”</p><p>Gouez says that the inclement weather “put the vines and vintners to the test”, but that “a reversal of fortune that could only happen in Champagne” meant that there was soon talk of it being one of the great vintages.</p><p>The final assemblage is 41% Chardonnay, 26% Meunier and 33% Pinot Noir and a dosage of 5g/l.</p><p>He added: “The wines made from black grapes, especially the usually fragile Meunier, were particularly good in 2012, which explains why they make up an important part of the assemblage.</p><p>“For once, Chardonnay is slightly in the background and for me this Grand Vintage is a softly fresh and harmonious wine that reveals itself slowly.”</p><p><strong>Related link:</strong></p><p><a href="https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/11/moet-chandon-launches-2012-vintage/">https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/11/moet-chandon-launches-2012-vintage/</a></p><p> </p><p> </p>
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<p style="text-align: center;"><img class="center" src="http://www.wineinvestment.com/assets/RobinsonHarding2016scores.png" width="473" height="267" alt="" title=""/></p><p>Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding MW have published a joint tasting report on the Bordeaux’s 2016 vintage in bottle, covering 138 wines tasted at the Union des Grand Crus in London in October.</p><p>Robinson, who primarily focused on the Right Bank, said she “was heartened to see that St-Emilions, even those that were a bit unappetisingly exaggerated in the past, continue to lighten and freshen up. Some of them are even positively refreshing nowadays!”</p><p>Meanwhile, Harding said of the Left Bank wines she tasted, “the Pessac-Leognan reds shone most brightly, retaining their archetypal fragrance but also achieving greater richness and a little more generosity than in some vintages”.</p><p>She added that “Haut Bailly, which is often slightly reclusive at this early stage, was the star for me and yet still promises to have a very long life”. In her tasting note, she described the wine as “one of the best Haut Baillys I have tasted” and awarded it 18 points.</p><p>Overall, the top-scoring wines from the vintage were Pichon Baron and Figeac. Both wines received 18.5 points from Robinson. In her tasting note, she commented that the Pichon Baron has “a winning formula here” and added: “What the heck is not to like?!”</p><p><strong>Related link:</strong></p><p><a href="https://www.liv-ex.com/2018/11/jancis-robinson-julia-harding-mw-publish-bordeaux-2016-bottle-scores/">https://www.liv-ex.com/2018/11/jancis-robinson-julia-harding-mw-publish-bordeaux-2016-bottle-scores/</a></p><p> </p>
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<p style="text-align: center;"><img class="center" src="http://www.wineinvestment.com/assets/Suckling2018WIneOfYear.png" width="529" height="286" alt="" title=""/></p><p>James Suckling has announced his top 100 wines of 2018, and his overall winner: Canon 2015. According to the critic, he “knew back in 2016 what would be [his] wine of the year in 2018” because he was “blown away by the superb quality of the 2015 vintage” in Bordeaux.</p><p>In his tasting notes, Suckling called Canon 2015 a “wine of a lifetime”, describing it as “seductive” and “perfect”, noting its “silky and deep, ribbon-like finish”.</p><p>Other favourites of Suckling’s include Belair Monange, Solaia and Vieux Chateau Certan, while several represent particularly good value. Donhoff Dellchen Riesling GG 2017, for example, ranked third and is currently on the market for £460. Taylor’s 2016, meanwhile, placed fourth and is available for £586.</p><p>Overall, Suckling said that “Bordeaux dominated the list with almost two dozen wines and rightly so considering the greatness of the 2015”. He went on to say that this year’s list “has so many exceptional wines” and “they are wines that all of us dream about drinking again and enjoying a moment with family and friends to taste and savour their greatness”.</p><p><strong>Related link:</strong></p><p><a href="https://www.jamessuckling.com/wine-tasting-reports/top-100-2018/?mc_cid=6dc316dce7&amp;mc_eid=9314e3e0cf">JamesSuckling.com/wine-tasting-reports/top-100-2018</a></p>
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<p>An estimated 282 million hectolitres of wine will be produced in 2018 – a significant uptick on last year’s record low of 246.7 million hectolitres. According to the Organisation of Vine and Wine, 2018’s global harvest is on track to be one of the biggest since 2000.</p><p>Italy, France and Spain have all recorded much-improved harvests after inclement weather conditions destroyed crops last year. Germany, Austria, Hungary and Romania have also recorded harvests above their five-year average. Portugal and Greece reported reductions on 2017 due to mildew, but overall, Europe is likely to see a 19% boost on 2017.</p><p>Elsewhere, Chile and Argentina have recorded increases of 36% and 23% respectively, while the US and New Zealand remain stable. Australia’s production has declined slightly, while South Africa still faces ongoing drought and as such has kept production down to its lowest since 2012.</p><p><strong>Related link:</strong></p><p><a href="https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/11/global-wine-harvest-at-highest-level-since-2000/">https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/11/global-wine-harvest-at-highest-level-since-2000/</a></p><p> </p>
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<p style="text-align: center;"><img class="center" src="http://www.wineinvestment.com/assets/_resampled/resizedimage600462-LivEx100October18.png" width="600" height="462" alt="" title=""/></p><p>October saw minor drops in both the Liv-ex 100 and Liv-ex 1000. The Liv-ex 100 – the industry benchmark – closed the month on 313.94, down 0.7% on the previous month. The Liv-ex 1000, meanwhile, dipped 0.6% - only the second time the index has pulled back this year.</p><p>However, both indices remain in positive territory for the year, up 0.8% and 8.4% year-to-date respectively.</p><p>The top movers in the Liv-ex 100 came from Burgundy, the Rhone and Bordeaux. Armand Rousseau Chambertin 2015 occupied the top spot, jumping by 9.9%. It was followed by two recent vintages from the Southern Rhone: Clos Papes 2015 and Beaucastel 2015, which rose by 4.9% and 3.9% respectively. DRC Tache 2014 was also up by 3.6%. Cos d’Estournel 2005, which Robert Parker awarded 97 points, rose by 3%.</p><p>All of the Liv-ex 1000 sub-indices fell in October, apart from the Burgundy 150, which rose by 1.3%. Continued strong price performances from Armand Rousseau and DRC helped the index sustain its upward trend.</p><p>The Bordeaux Legends 50 was the biggest faller this month, down 1.8%. The California 50, which is not part of the Liv-ex 1000, closed October on 310.12, up 3%.</p><p><strong>Related link:</strong></p><p><a href="https://www.liv-ex.com/2018/11/liv-ex-1000-dips-0-6-october/">https://www.liv-ex.com/2018/11/liv-ex-1000-dips-0-6-october/</a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
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<p>Sotheby’s latest London sale made £1.4 million and was 90% sold, dominated by strong interest in Bordeaux.</p><p>The top lot, a ‘complete collection’ of 2010 Pichon Baron, sold for £21,780, with the single lot including: 12 half bottles, 12 bottles, three magnums, one double magnum, one Jeroboam, one imperial, one Salmanazar, one Balthazar, one Nebuchadnezzar and one Melchior – all in all the equivalent of 144 standard 75cl bottles.</p><p>Elsewhere in the sale, £19,360 was paid for a case of 2000 Chateau Mouton Rothschild, while Le Pin, Petrus and Lafite were also sought-after.</p><p>Stephen Mould, head of Sotheby’s Wine, Europe, commented: “Our October wine sale was distinguished by two important collections, the first focussing on Bordeaux with appearances from Burgundy, Rhone, Italy, California and highlighted by multiple vintages of Le Pin.</p><p>“The second, from the cellars of the 7<span style="font-size: 8.33333px;">th</span> Earl of Durham, featured Bordeaux from the 1980s and 1990s, a great selection of 2005s and parcels of 2009s, all of which were in high demand. The top lot, however, was a 10-case collection of Chateau Pichon Baron made up of every bottle format from half bottles to the 18-litre Melchior in the outstanding 2010 vintage. We look forward to our forthcoming sales in New York on 17 November and London on 21 November.”</p><p><strong>Related link:</strong></p><p><a href="https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/11/pichon-baron-collection-takes-top-honours-at-sothebys-sale/">https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/11/pichon-baron-collection-takes-top-honours-at-sothebys-sale/</a></p><p> </p>
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<p>Sauternes estate Chateau Guiraud will not be making a first wine from the 2018 vintage due to damage from storms this summer.</p><p>Hail destroyed 95% of the estate's grapes in July. As such, Guiraud only plans to produce some dry white wine and a small amount of second wine from the 2018 harvest. Speaking to Decanter.com, estate director Xavier Planty said of the weather: “I’ve never seen that in 40 years of experience.”</p><p>Other estates in the region have been waiting nervously to determine the outcome of their harvests. Owner of Chateau Raymond-Lafon, Jean-Pierre Meslier, said: “It was like poker; we had to be very patient with the hand we were dealt.” Chateau Raymond-Lafon wrapped up its harvest last week, with Meslier ultimately noting, “We are saved”.</p><p>Yquem, meanwhile, faced potential issues with low acidity but has reported “pretty fruit and freshness”. Volumes will be lower due to hail damage, though, with Yquem anticipating 20% less wine that its average harvest.</p><p><strong>Related link:</strong></p><p><a href="https://www.decanter.com/wine/wine-regions/bordeaux-wines/bordeaux-news-bordeaux-wines-3/sauternes-2018-guiraud-harvest-403570/">https://www.decanter.com/wine/wine-regions/bordeaux-wines/bordeaux-news-bordeaux-wines-3/sauternes-2018-guiraud-harvest-403570/</a></p><p> </p>
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<p>Champagne Charles Heidsieck is releasing a limited edition set of mixed cases of its Blanc des Millenaires this November, featuring every vintage ever made.</p><p>Each of the 150 cases contains a bottle each of the 1983, 1985, 1990, 1995 and 2004 vintages of the renowned blanc de blancs. Known as the ‘Collection Crayeres’, the cases will be sold for £2,750-£2,980 each.</p><p>The famed blanc de blancs is made from Chardonnay sourced from the grands crus of Cramant, Avize, Oger, Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger and Vertus.</p><p>Stephen Leroux, Charles Heidsieck’s executive director, said: “Releasing these treasures from our cellars is an extraordinary thing to do. The Collection Crayeres is an exercise in balance – to enable wine lovers to obtain such rare bottles while ensuring stock remains available for future generations.”</p><p><strong>Related link:</strong></p><p><a href="https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/10/charles-heidsieck-releases-collection-crayeres-vertical/">https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/10/charles-heidsieck-releases-collection-crayeres-vertical/</a></p><p> </p>
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<p>Auction house Christie’s will offer a “spectacular” collection of Chateau Latour in London next month. The wines come directly from the collection of the First Growth’s former winemaker Denis Malbec, and will span 1863 to 2009, including the extremely rare Grapillons de Latour.</p><p>Also on sale will be ex-cellar Champagnes from Lanson and other fine wines. The Lanson to be offered includes a collection of vintages from 1976 to 1999, Clos Lanson 2006 and the 2002 Noble Cuvee Brut and Blanc de Blancs. Another large chunk of the sale will focus on an exceptional array of fine wines from a single owner consignment that includes Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Le Pin, Dom Perignon, Cristal and Gaja.</p><p>The sale will take place from 28-29 November, and will be Christie’s largest sale of the year.</p><p><strong>Related link:</strong></p><p><a href="https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/10/christies-to-offer-latour-winemakers-collection-in-london/">https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/10/christies-to-offer-latour-winemakers-collection-in-london/</a></p><p> </p>
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<p style="text-align: center;"><img class="center" src="http://www.wineinvestment.com/assets/JaneAnson2016LeftBank.png" width="538" height="304" alt="" title=""/></p><p>Jane Anson’s 2016 scores for Bordeaux’s Left Bank have been published on <a href="https://www.decanter.com/premium/bordeaux-2016-wine-ratings-notes-released-367088/">Decanter.com</a>, with her report on the Right Bank to follow this week.</p><p>According to the critic, “several Bordeaux 2016 wines have improved even further since En Primeur” and that “several top Medoc estates have outperformed 2015”.</p><p>Anson scored two wines a perfect 100 points: Leoville Las Cases and Lafite Rothschild. In her notes, Anson wrote that Leoville Las Cases was “mouthfilling and almost less austere than all of the others, yet it’s a serious wine”. She added that it is “a great advert for the whole of Bordeaux, and for me it’s the clear wine of the vintage”.</p><p>Of Lafite Rothschild, she noted that it has “ripeness and a sense of promise but, as is often the case with a young Lafite, it’s not giving a lot away and we can expect it to age for many decades perfectly comfortably”. She added that the wine was “extremely accomplished” and “one to cherish”.</p><p><strong>Related link:</strong></p><p><a href="https://www.liv-ex.com/2018/10/jane-anson-releases-2016-left-bank-bottle-scores/">https://www.liv-ex.com/2018/10/jane-anson-releases-2016-left-bank-bottle-scores/</a></p><p> </p><p> </p>
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