Mai 16 2012 Champagne ‚capsule thieves‘ arrested

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by Panos Kakaviatos -Police in Champagne have arrested 15 individuals under suspicion of stealing thousands of official ‘CRD’ capsule stickers.

crd capsuleThe arrests were made in a 6am sting operation carried out last Wednesday. The ringleaders, identified only as David and Eric, have been indicted for the theft of 109,000 CRD capsules (capsules représentatives des droits) – the colour-coded round stickers on top of wine bottles sold in France that prove that tax has been paid on the bottle.

The capsules came from two companies specialising in their manufacture: Sparflex, located in the industrial area of Dizy, and AMCOR Flexibles in Mareuil-sur-Ay, Champagne police representative Nicolas Weimer told Continue reading „ Champagne ‚capsule thieves‘ arrested“

Mai 16 2012 Bordeaux 2011 – Over 40 releases overwhelm negociants, merchants

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by Jane Anson in Bordeaux, and Adam Lechmere – Over 40 chateaux have released their prices today – including Haut Brion, Angelus, Calon Segur and Kirwan – causing Calon Segurnegociants and merchant to protest many were getting lost. Haut Brion is on a par with fellow first growths Lafite and Margaux at €360 ex-negociant, down 45% on last year. Its sister wine La Mission Haut Brion has dropped 64% on the 2010 price, at €216.

Chateau Calon Segur is €39.60 (down 40%), Clinet at €50 (down 41.8%), Angelus at €138 (down 38.7%), Ferriere at €19.60 (down 14.04%), Langoa Barton at €31.20 (down 29.90%), and Chateau Kirwan at €28.50.

‘This was a drop on our 2010, 2009 and 2005 price,’ Kirwan owner Yann Schyler told, ‘and lower than the closest price available on the Bordeaux marketplace, the 2008.’ Kirwan, however, highlighted the effect of the flood of prices. ‘Did it come out?’ asked one negociant. ‘It got lost among everything else.’ Continue reading „ Bordeaux 2011 – Over 40 releases overwhelm negociants, merchants“

Mai 16 2012 Bordeaux 2011: Margaux, Palmer and Lynch Bages release

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by Adam Lechmere, and Jane Anson in Bordeaux – The Bordeaux campaign has stuttered to life again with price releases from Chateau Margaux, Chateau Palmer, Chateau Lynch Bages and some two dozen smaller properties.Chateau-Palmer The most important release yesterday was Chateau Margaux, at €360 ex-negociant, down 40%, followed by 3rd growth Chateau Palmer, at €160, down 25.6%.

Palmer, though critically acclaimed – Steven Spurrier for Decanter called the 2011 ‘first growth quality’ – has dismayed merchants by its price.

Farr Vintners’ Stephen Browett repeated his assertion that ‘there are plenty of ready-to-drink vintages of Palmer that consumers can buy cheaper than this. Although its one of the better wines of the vintage there is no demand for it at that price.’

Palmer is with most UK merchants at £1750 a case. The 2001, to which Browett had referred as ‚ready-to-drink‘, is £1200.

Other merchants were similarly gloomy. One, Will Gardener, who runs the fine wine department at Midlands merchant Nickolls and Perks, Continue reading „ Bordeaux 2011: Margaux, Palmer and Lynch Bages release“