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Ten most searched-for wine names*
  • 1. Dom Perignon2. Petrus3. Pin4. Montrose5. Cristal
  • 6. Talbot7. Angelus8. Belgrave9. Krug10. Palmer
*in the last 3 months, courtesy of a very popular search engine

Is Wine Investment a Vintage Idea?

Date posted: November 24, 2011

As one of the most popular types of alternative investments to gain public attention in recent years, fine wine has now become a very popular asset class. It has the proven ability to provide high returns in the double digits, plus providing exposure to the Chinese market, which looks to be increasingly important over the next ten years. Read full story...

Time to Buy or time to Sell?

Date posted: November 19, 2011

There are many wine investors in the world today, and David Weinstein, a well-respected dealer of French art glass in New York, has one of the most impressive collections in existence. His fine wine investments have included more than 1,000 cases of wine, mostly red Bordeaux. Read full story...

Mouton Rothschild, Future Legendary Status

Date posted: November 17, 2011

Since the justifiably famous 1982 vintage, Chateau Mouton Rothschild has been talked about as much for their inconsistencies as for the quality of their product. To their credit however they have taken action and have begun, once again, releasing wines of a quality to match the greatness of the Mouton name.

Much of the credit for this remarkable renaissance must go to Master Wine Maker Philippe Dhalluin. The estate was impressed enough after Dhalluin’s vintage of 2006 to hand him greater control and he set about producing less wine with lower yields and making much needed improvements to the cellars and the wine making facilities. The results have been clear to taste. 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009 have produced wines of exceptional quality and exuberance and the 2010 promises to return Mouton Rothschild to its place as one of the pre-eminent Left Bank estates.

Early tastings have had critics falling over themselves to find the most extravagant superlatives. Many say it will match those grand old vintages of 1982 and 1986 and even, whisper it, the hallowed 1961.

Even at this young age the Mouton Rothschild 2010 is dense, rich, mouth-coating and opulent, the nose showing hints of crème de cassis, Asian spices, tobacco, coffee and toasty oak. The Le Petit de Mouton Rothschild, the estate's second wine,  while naturally less concentrated and delivering less complexity and spice than its much-lauded sister, is nonetheless a fine wine, showing oak, spice and blackberry aromas, a medium to full-bodied palate with a coffee, cassis and black fruit finish. Read full story...

Romantic traditions become modern investment strategy

Date posted: November 15, 2011

As an old English tradition, a newborn son would be given a case of “claret” that would mature as he grew up. On top of that, grandparents, uncles and relatives would often give more bottles or even cases of fine wine to the child so he would have a proper cellar by the time he graduated from university. Read full story...

Bordeaux “second wines” offer first-class bargains

Date posted: November 12, 2011

With the growth of the Chinese and other Asian markets in the last few years, the clamour for Bordeaux's illustrious first growths is louder than ever, and with that demand comes the corresponding increased price tags. Read full story...