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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

Château Latour Breaks with Bordeaux En Primeur Culture

Date posted: October 24, 2012

The decades-old en primeur system of purchasing wines early before bottling has received a blow from one of the five Bordeaux First Growths. Château Latour is the first major vineyard to break ranks and move away from the traditional system of “wine futures”. Read full story...

88 New World Records set at Acker Merrall & Condit Autumn Auction

Date posted: October 19, 2012

Records were smashed at the Acker Merrall & Condit auction of fine wines earlier this month in Hong Kong, with over a third of wines sold for prices above their estimated prices, and no less than 88 new world records set. Read full story...

When is a Château not a Château?

Date posted: October 16, 2012

Here’s the dictionary definition of château:

noun (plural châteaux or châteaus pronunc. or /-təʊz/)
A large French country house or castle, often giving its name to wine made in its neighbourhood e.g. Château Margaux Read full story...

Unusual 2012 Weather Creating Bordeaux “Winemaker’s Vintage”

Date posted: October 12, 2012

In both Great Britain and the continent it has been a topsy-turvy year in terms of weather. While we may be grumbling that it’s only just as the kids are about to go back to school that the weather seems to have turned nice, Bordeaux winemakers have had more than their share of weather-related anxiety this year. Read full story...