Apr 05 2013 Hugh Johnson cellar to go under the hammer

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by Chris Mercer – First-growths dating back more than 50 years and a large selection of vintage German wines are among a host of bottles to be auctioned from Hugh Johnson’s cellar.

Hugh Johnson

Johnson said that it was ‚agony‘ deciding which bottles to part with for the auction, which will take place on May 16 at Sworders Stansted Mountfitchet salerooms, in north Essex.

The sale, which could raise tens of thousands of pounds, comes as a result of Johnson and his family selling their home of the past 40 yearsSaling Hall, also in Essex.

The Elizabethan manor house has five cellars, which Johnson has taken delight in filling with top wines from the 20th Century, including some ‚real gems‘.

A provisional auction list seen by reveals a series of first-growths and other top Bordeaux from down the ages, including Latour and Y’Quem 1945, as well as Latour 1937. Continue reading „ Hugh Johnson cellar to go under the hammer“

Apr 05 2013 Bordeaux 2012 – Chateau Raymond Lafon not to release 2012

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by Panos Kakaviatos – Chateau Raymond Lafon has joined Chateau d’Yquem and Chateau Rieussec in announcing that it will not make a 2012 vintage wine.

Chateau Raymond-Lafon
Lafon, an unclassified Sauternes producer, told in the build-up to en primeur that a dry September had prevented development of botrytis – the so-called noble rot – which naturally concentrates grape juices whilst imparting spicy flavours that are characteristic of Sauternes.

Chateau co-owner Jean-Pierre Meslier explained that the harvest was too small, describing it as ‘fine and elegant’, but not as ‘concentrated as normal.’

The estate harvested with about 114 grams of residual sugar instead of the chateau’s habitual 130 to 140, he said.

‚When rain fell later in the month, botrytis spread, but more rain than needed in October compromised pickings.‘

The best grapes will make ‘an excellent’ second wine: ‚Les Jeunes Pousses de Raymond-Lafon,‘ Meslier added.

The last vintage that Chateau Raymond Lafon did not produce any wine was 1974.

Apr 04 2013 Koch vs Greenberg – Trial heats up as ex-employee takes stand

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By Chris Mercer – Greenberg’s ex-house manager sides with Koch in court as wine fraud trial looks set to over-run.

Bill Koch

Heated exchanges have so far marked the wine fraud court battle between collectors Eric Greenberg and billionaire William Koch in New York, as the case looks set to run into next week.

Antipathy between the two men was ratcheted up further this week as Greenberg’s former house manager, Jaime Cortes, gave evidence as a witness for Koch.

From the witness box, understands from a source watching the proceedings that Cortes made clear that there was little love lost between himself and his former employer, who he labelled a ‚tyrant‘.

He confirmed that he had referred to Greenberg as an ‚a**hole‘ in a previous email, the court heard. Cortes also made reference to his ex-employer’s aggressive behaviour, and suggested that Greenberg intimated he would try to pass suspect bottles on to somebody else after being made aware that he might have counterfeits in his cellar. Continue reading „ Koch vs Greenberg – Trial heats up as ex-employee takes stand“

Mrz 27 2013 Koch vs Greenberg – trial begins in Manhattan

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by Adam Lechmere – The long-awaited court case between billionaire collector William Koch and California collector Eric Greenberg has finally started a day late.

Bill Koch

The opening day yesterday, Tuesday, in Manhattan Federal Court, consisted of jury selection and preliminary legal arguments before Judge Paul Oetken.

Jurors were rigorously vetted by both teams of lawyers. One juror, understands, was dismissed because she said she was a librarian who had read books on wine, particularly a book about corks.

Koch (pictured) and Greenberg sat on opposite sides of the court with their dozen-strong legal teams.

Legal arguments as to the admissibility of certain pieces of evidence took up much of the day.

Eric Greenberg’s legal team argued that a cheque for US$272,555 that Greenberg had sent Koch, after Koch had bought Greenberg bottles for US$228,603 at a 2005 auction that he concluded were either ‚counterfeit‘ or ‚possibly counterfeit’, was demonstration of his good faith and should not be admitted. Koch’s team argued that this evidence should be put before the court as Greenberg offered the refund only after Koch threatened to sue. Continue reading „ Koch vs Greenberg – trial begins in Manhattan“

Mrz 26 2013 Former employee jailed for Soldera sabotage

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by Chris Mercer – A former employee of Brunello di Montalcino winery Soldera has been sentenced to four years in prison after sabotaging thousands of litres of the celebrated producer’s wine.


Andrea Di Gisi was sentenced following a brief trial in Siena, in which he was found guilty of vandalising Gianfranco Soldera’s Case Basse estate.

On 2 December last year, Di Gisi, previously an employee of Soldera’s, broke into Case Basse under the cover of darkness and opened ten casks of aging Brunello di Montalcino, ruining 62,600 litres of wine spanning vintages from the past six vintages. His arrest two weeks later was reported globally to a shocked wine world.

The judge ‚accepted the prosecutor’s requests in full‘, said estate owner Gianfranco Soldera (pictured).

Speaking following Di Gisi’s sentencing, Soldera described the damage caused as ‚dramatic‘. It is thought to have cost several million euros in commercial sales.

He added that a limited part of the past six vintages remains intact, and this ‚will be sold in the next few years‘. The part of the 2006 vintage already bottled at the time of the attack is also safe. The first wine shipments from the estate since the attack will begin at the end of this month.

Soldera has also confirmed his resignation from the Consorzio Del Vino Brunello di Montalcino with immediate effect. He will continue to produce wine ‚exclusively from the grapes of our Sangiovese vines at Case Basse‘.


Mrz 26 2013 German wine exports continue downward trend

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by Panos Kakaviatos in Düsseldorf – German wine exports slid by 15.2% in 2012 compared to 2011, continuing a declining trend from the previous year, according to statistics released by the German Wine Institute.

The drop in the volume of exports in 2012, to 1.3m hectolitres, follows an 11.8% drop in exports in 2011.

While exports in 2012 to some smaller markets showed gains, a ‘significant decline’ in exports to high-volume sales markets like the US, Great Britain and Russia led to the decline, according to a press release issued on the eve of Prowein, Germany’s largest international wine fair, held in Düsseldorf.

The German Wine Institute said the decline was due in part to a smaller 2010 crop and ‘fiercer competition’ for lower priced wine segments. Import regulation changes in the Russian market also led to lower exports there.

The value of wines exported also dropped by 7.8% in 2012. This figure is less striking because the average price per litre of wines sold increased, indicating ‘a trend towards selling higher quality wines,’ German Wine Institute managing director Monika Reule said. But given the declines overall, Reule called for ‘intensive and continuous public relations work in foreign markets to regain lost market shares.’


Mrz 25 2013 Coppola buys Geyser Peak

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by Courtney Humiston in Sonoma – Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Sonoma announced last Monday that it has purchased Geyser Peak Winery in Geyserville.

Coppola winery

Francis Ford Coppola Winery said it had bought the production facility and 13ha of estate vineyards in order to meet its growing production demands.

‘Last year we found ourselves in a pinch with space,’ director of winemaking Corey Beck said. ‘With the lack of new winery development in Sonoma County and new vineyard plantings… the fruit has to go somewhere.’ The Geyser Peak facility, founded in 1880, had been owned by investment group EPR properties since 2008.

The Geyser Peak brand and label changed hands in 2012 and is now owned by the Australia-based company Accolade Wines. Accolade will continue to lease space in the winery from Coppola and will maintain ownership of the small-production Geyser Peak label. For the time being, Accolade will purchase the fruit from the estate’s vineyard as well.

Geyser Peak has capacity to crush up to 10,000 tons of fruit and bottle one million cases each year, but more so than volume (according to Wine Business Monthly, Francis Ford Coppola Winery sold 1.25m cases in 2012), Beck is excited by the winery’s many small Continue reading „ Coppola buys Geyser Peak“

Mrz 25 2013 Cava exports at record high in 2012

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According to the Cava Consejo Regulador, producers sold over 161m bottles to foreign markets in 2012 – a 6% increase over 2011. In contrast, 81m bottles were sold in Spain in 2012, a 6% fall from the 87m figure recorded in 2011. The high Spanish level of unemployment and economic crisis are cited as the main culprits.

However, the Consejo reported an overall Cava sales rise of 1.5% – 243m bottles in total were sold in 2012, as opposed to 239m in 2011. Patrice Lesclaux, export manager for Castillo Perelada in Emporda said that Cava was increasingly seen as a ‚must have‘ listing for distributors worldwide.

‚Today, almost all relevant wine importers around the world want to have at least one Cava in their portfolio, as the consumer appreciates Cava for its optimal value for money‘, he said. Germany is currently Cava’s most important foreign market: in 2012 over 39m bottles were sold to German importers.


Mrz 21 2013 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate sues Antonio Galloni for fraud and defamation

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Adam Lechmere, and Courtney Humiston in Sonoma – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate is suing its former California correspondent Antonio Galloni for breach of contract, fraud and defamation.

Parker: ‚We wish Antonio our very best‘

Antonio Galloni, who was contracted by the influential wine journal for a reported US$300,000 a year to cover California wines, resigned earlier this year after a majority share in the Wine Advocate was bought by a group of Singaporean investors.
At the time he was in the middle of an extensive report on the wines of Sonoma, which he did not deliver, explaining to subscribers on his new website that he would not be able to do justice to the diversity of the region in time for the Wine Advocate’s February issue. Continue reading „ Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate sues Antonio Galloni for fraud and defamation“

Mrz 20 2013 Latour releases 1995 as its first non-primeur vintage

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by John Stimpfig – Chateau Latour has just announced its 2013 release of ‘almost ready to drink’ wines, which are being offered for sale via negociants and global merchants.

Frederic Engerer Chateau Latour

Engerer: left en primeur system unilaterally

The first annual ex-chateau offer comprises different vintages of Latour’s three estate wines – Chateau Latour, Les Forts de Latour and its lesser-known third wine Pauillac de Latour.

Last April, Latour’s president Frédéric Engerer surprised the wine world by unilaterally announcing that after 2012 the First Growth would no longer be marketing its wines through the en primeur system. Instead, Latour would only release older vintages onto the market when it felt they were becoming ready to drink.

One of the first merchants to put up an offer was London’s Farr Vintners, which is selling the 2009 Pauillac de Latour at £600 a case in bond.

This wine was well-received at en primeur: in April 2010 Steven Spurrier for Decanter praised its ‘Deep colour, wild violets nose, fine natural sweetness, Continue reading „ Latour releases 1995 as its first non-primeur vintage“

Mrz 18 2013 New breakaway sparkling wine appellation to rival Cava

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by James Lawrence – Leading Penedes winemaker Raventos I Blanc – which quit the Cava DO because of ‚poor image and low standards‘ – has unveiled the framework for a new sparkling wine appellation.

The proposed designation, named Conca Del Riu Anoia, will significantly deviate from the existent Cava DO.

‘After 150 years, Cava has become a solely volume-oriented DO with no geographical distinction in terms of climate and soils, it has a poor image; with low viticultural standards. For this reason, we decided to start from the beginning and create a quality orientated designation for our wines,’ owner Pepe Raventos told Continue reading „ New breakaway sparkling wine appellation to rival Cava“

Mrz 18 2013 Jim Barrett of Chateau Montelena dies

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by Courtney Humiston in Sonoma – James L Barrett, founder of Napa Valley’s Chateau Montelena, has died at the age of 86 – ‚of a life well lived‘, as his son Bo said.

Bo and Jim Barrett

‚A live well lived‘: Jim Barrett, right, with Bo

Jim Barrett, who died on 14 March, founded the Calistoga winery in 1972, and shot almost immediately to world renown when critics famously favoured his 1973 Chardonnay over four white Burgundies at the 1976 Paris Tasting.

Chateau Montelena —along with the Cabernet Sauvignon of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, which out-scored top Bordeaux producers at the same tasting—is often credited with elevating the status of Napa Valley wines in the international marketplace and laying the foundation for the commercial success they are today.

In 2010 one of the last bottles of ex-cellar 1973 Chardonnay was sold at a London auction for US$11,325 (£7,419).In a statement Barrett’s son Bo paid tribute to a ‚tough and loving‘ man.

‘I join with my family to announce the sad news that my father, Jim Barrett, passed away today at the age of 86. He was a tough and loving man who will be greatly missed at home, at the winery and throughout the Napa Valley. My father bought Chateau Montelena in 1972 and has worked hard every day since to grow the best grapes and produce the best wines. My dad died of a life well lived.

‘He, along with the entire family, has prepared a succession plan for Chateau Montelena which will ensure the winery stays in our family for as many decades going forward as we have enjoyed during his life. There will be no changes to the current plan, Chateau Montelena has a wonderful future, for which we have been working toward over the past 40 years with improvements and upgrades to maintain the calibre of wines we produce.’

Barrett, a former attorney and veteran of the Korean war, rescued the historic winery, which was originally completed in 1888, from neglect and dilapidation. The building was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places thanks, in part, to Barrett’s careful restoration and the significance of his contribution to the California wine industry.

Chateau Montelena will remain in the family — as it always has — with Bo Barrett, who has been the director of winemaking since 1982, assuming the role of CEO.

In addition to its Chardonnay, Chateau Montelena makes Cabernet Sauvignon from the Calistoga estate (as it has since 1978) as well as Zinfandel and Riesling. The wine has a reputation for maintaining the elegance of an ‘old world’ style that was Barrett’s original vision. A full obituary will be published on Tuesday.

Mrz 15 2013 Interview Stéphane Derenoncourt

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by Kyle Schlachter – Globetrotting consultant Stéphane Derencourt sits down with Kyle Schlachter to discuss why he chose to start making wine in California and how it differs from Bordeaux plus his single most memorable wine and why he hates wine scores.

Stephane Derenoncourt

In 1982, at the age of 19, Stéphane Derenoncourt hitchhiked to Bordeaux from his native Normandy, and found work as a vineyard laborer in Fronsac. For the next decade, Derenoncourt immersed himself in the vineyards of Bordeaux’s Right Bank. He rose to prominence in the early 1990s from his work at Château Pavie Macquin and Chateau Canon-la-Gaffelière, and his company, Derenoncourt Consultants which he set up with his wife Christine, now works with over 60 wineries – including Inglenook in the Napa Valley and Boxwood Winery in Virginia – in a dozen different countries.

Though a critical mass of his clients continue to be in Bordeaux, including Domaine de Chevalier, Clos Fourtet, Clos de l’Oratoire, Pavie-Macquin, Canon-la-Gaffelière,and Smith Haut Lafitte, Derenoncourt also makes wine in Austria, India, Italy, Lebanon, Spain, Syria, Turkey and the United States. In addition to his consultant work, he owns Domaine l’A, in the Côtes de Castillon, with his wife. In 2006, Stéphane and Christine started another of their own projects, Derenoncourt California. Released in 2009, Derenoncourt California’s initial 2006 vintage was the first wine he made in the United States. The Derenoncourt California project is based in the Napa Valley, and sources grapes from the Howell Mountain AVA, Coombsville AVA and Stagecoach Vineyard in Napa as well as Sonoma Valley AVA in Sonoma County to the west and the Red Hills Lake County AVA in Lake County to the north.

You were a successful winemaker in France and elsewhere around the world before you started Derenoncourt California. Why did you choose California? Napa?

My first trip to Napa was in 2005. A friend of mine asked me to see an estate. I fell in love with the area; it is such a beautiful place. I decided to Continue reading „ Interview Stéphane Derenoncourt“

Mrz 14 2013 Cercle Rive Droite moves into Left Bank of Bordeaux

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by Jane Anson in Bordeaux – Alain Raynaud, founder and president of the Cercle Rive Droite group, is launching a similar group for properties from the Left Bank of Bordeaux.

Alain Raynaud

‚Not a move against UGC…‘ Alain Raynaud

The Cercle Rive Gauche will effectively be a sister organisation for the Cercle Rive Droite, with both groups overseen by the newly-created Cercle des Grands Vins de Bordeaux.

The groups will organise separate tastings, but will travel together for overseas events, including ones planned for this year in the United States, and Asia.

Raynaud played down any idea that he was competing with the Union des Grands Crus, the formidable and long-established left bank group of chateaux.

‘This is absolutely not a move against the Union des Grands Crus,’ Raynaud – who was himself president of the UGC from 1994 to 2000 – said. ‘But they have done such a good job that many of their members have effectively become luxury goods, and are no longer affordable in all markets. This new group is filling a need for a new organisation able to market the more affordable quality estates on the Left Bank.’ Continue reading „ Cercle Rive Droite moves into Left Bank of Bordeaux“

Mrz 13 2013 Dubourdieu and Dalla Cia create £250 Cape ‚first growth‘

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by David Furer – Bordeaux-based consultant Denis Dubourdieu has teamed up with winemaker Giorgio Dalla Cia, formerly of Meerlust, to create what is being touted as the ‚First Growth of the Cape‘.

G wine

G is a new wine from the winery 4G. The initial 2010 blend of 3410 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Franc is selected from twelve Western Cape vineyards of 10-20 years of age with which the 4G owners have long-term contracts.

Dubourdieu and Dalla Cia are part owners of the winemaking enterprise, and are pricing bottles at a ‘first growth’ level of US$350 or £250.

Cape Klein and Wineservice Ltd are the UK distributors, with none yet for the US. The Swiss management team are private wine enthusiasts selling into Switzerland both through their company and a Basel merchant.

An initial ‚Private Preview 2009‘ has been made available to ‘friends and family only’. A second wine, The Echo of G 2010, is soon to be released at 40% of the price of G.

Philipp Axt, CEO of 4G, told that ‘contrary to some other luxury wines, we do not face the pressure of having big quantities to sell, so we are in
the comfortable position to build the market slowly and carefully [and] allocate the wine strategically to be present in the most important markets.‘ Master Sommelier Frank Kämmer will be launching G and Echo of G on March 24 at the German trade fair Prowein with a UK launch expected in June. The US dates are yet to be determined though Axt has confirmed Florida and New York as the locations. 

Mrz 12 2013 Stupendous Vega Sicilia collection goes under the hammer

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by Richard Woodard – A ’stupendous‘ selection of Vega Sicilia wines shipped direct from the legendary producer’s cellars is to be auctioned by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong early next month.

Vega Sicilia

Among the lots in the Sotheby’s sale at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 4 April is a vertical of 22 magnums of Vega Sicilia Único, including vintages from 1970 to 1999.

The lot, which comes from the personal collection of managing director Pablo Álvarez, is expected to fetch HK$95,000-160,000 (US$12,250-20,600).

There are 234 Vega Sicilia lots in total, including 42 vintages of Único from 1941 to 2002 in multiple formats – with one lot of six bottles of the 1942 estimated to sell for HK$80,000-120,000 (US$10,000-15,000).

The sale also features the winery’s Reserva Especial and Valbuena No. 5 bottlings, as well as group wines Alión from Ribera del Duero, Pintia from Toro and Tokaji Oremus from Hungary.

Describing the collection as ‘stupendous’, Serena Sutcliffe MW, international head of Sotheby’s Wine, said: ‘Vega Sicilia is \a wine that has “soul”, with its own personality, honed over the years while, at the same time, it is a true reflection of its region, climate and the area’s oenological traditions.’

The sale, comprising 620 lots expected to raise a total of HK$14.8-21.2m (US$1.9-2.7m), also includes fine wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône Valley and California.

It comes the day after Sotheby’s stages the Asian leg of its auction of wines and memorabilia from famed Spanish restaurant El Bulli, and the eleventh part of the sale of The Classic Cellar From A Great American Collector.

Mrz 07 2013 Champagne negociant facing break-up

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by Giles Fallowfield – Champagne negociant business Pressoirs de France is almost certain to be broken up and its assets sold off after the company’s administrator failed to sell it.

Myriam and Nicolas Dubois

‚Optimistic‘: Myriam and Nicolas Dubois (pic:

Administrator Jean-Luc Mercier, appointed by the French courts in January after the business went into receivership, has now launched a tender calling for bids for the two main assets of the company, based in Faverolles-et-Coemy, near Reims.

Mercier has listed these assets as the vineyards it owns – some 10.67 hectares of vines worth an estimated €11-15m – plus 165ha of supply contracts, including 84ha where the contract has a further four years to run. Vineyard land in Champagne regularly fetches more than €1m per hectare, but there is some debate about the value of the supply contracts.

Growers are paid for their grapes in four tranches, but Mercier had warned that the second payment for the 2012 crop – some €2.5m, due on 5 March – would not be met by the deadline. Continue reading „ Champagne negociant facing break-up“

Mrz 06 2013 New top Chianti Classico category announced

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by Anne Krebiehl -Chianti Classico DOCG will have a new classification above Riserva wines called ‘Gran Selezione’, it has been announced.

Wines in the new top band within the Chianti Classico DOCG appellation must be produced solely from estate-grown grapes and can only be sold 30 months after harvest, with a minimum of three months’ bottle age.

Sergio Zingarelli, president of the Chianti Classico Consorzio, said: ‘The Gran Selezione will not obscure the potential and the characteristics of the Chianti Classico Riservas, but give more emphasis to the top-quality wines which are already produced inside the Chianti Classico denomination.’ However, a leading buyer of Italian wines has dismissed the new classification as ‘more of a whimper’ and ‘bureaucratic tinkering’. Continue reading „ New top Chianti Classico category announced“

Mrz 01 2013 Jacky Lorenzetti acquires 50% of Chateau d’Issan

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by Jane Anson in Bordeaux – Emmanuel Cruse is to become co-owner of his family estate, Chateau d’Issan in Margaux, with Bordeaux wine and property magnate Jacky Lorenzetti.

Chateau d'Issan

Lorenzetti, who already owns Chateaux Lilian Ladouys in Saint Estepheand 5th growth Chateau Pédesclaux in Pauillac, has acquired 50% of the capital of Issan, can confirm.

The Cruse family has owned the 1855 third growth estate since 1945, initially bought by Emmanuel Cruse’s grandfather, of the same name. He split the estate equally between his two sons, Roland and Lionel Cruse, and it is Roland’s descendants who have sold their share.

Emmanuel Cruse, who is Lionel Cruse’s son and also Grand Maitre of the Commanderie de Bontemps, retains all of his share and will remain as managing director. As part of the deal, he will also become MD of Lilian Ladouys and Pédesclaux, after spending the past couple of years a consultant to the estates that Lorenzetti bought in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

Continue reading „ Jacky Lorenzetti acquires 50% of Chateau d’Issan“

Mrz 01 2013 Nomacorc prepares plant-based closure launch

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By Chris Mercer – Nomacorc is on the brink of launching new wine closures that are partially made from plant-based polymers.


The synthetic cork giant has spent the past two years honing the closure. It will be officially unveiled at the Intervitis expo in April and is currently pegged for a full commercial launch towards the end of 2013.

It will be a hybrid of plant-based polymers and oil-based plastic, tapping into a concept already being explored by several food and drink manufacturers, such as Coca-Cola Co and its Plantbottle.

These are early stages but, if successful, the launch could spark a new generation of closures that might one day cut Nomacorc’s reliance on oil-based plastics altogether.

‚This is a pivot point for us,‘ Nomacorc’s global marketing director, Jeff Slater, told ‚It has the potential to be a game changer, but it would be hype to call it that at this stage. A year from now, we’ll know a tremendous amount more than we do today.‘ Continue reading „ Nomacorc prepares plant-based closure launch“

Feb 27 2013 Olivier Casteja appointed new head of Sauternes and Barsac body

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by Chris Mercer – The owner of Chateau Doisy-Vedrines has been elected president of the Crus Classés of Sauternes and Barsac.


Castéja succeeds Chateau Climens owner Bérénice Lurton, who was elected to the post in 2008 and has set about trying to change the ‚fusty‘ image of sweet wines from Sauternes and Barsac.

Castéja told his ‚main aim is to promote Classified Growths of Sauternes and Barsac to make them better known, as they should be, [and] to explain the way to drink such wines‘. He said he does not see himself as a ‚revolutionary‘, and will ‚follow up‘ on promotional projects initiated by his predecessor.

Barsac-based Doisy-Védrines passed to Olivier Castéja from his father, Pierre, who had run the estate since 1946. However, the Castéja family lineage at the chateau can be traced back to the mid-19th Century.

The family also runs one of Bordeaux’s largest wine merchants, Joanne. Most recently, Olivier has also worked alongside his son, Guillaume, and son-in-law, Douglas Demichel, at Bordelaise des Grands Vins.

Alongside Olivier on the Crus Classés of Sauternes and Barsac council will be: Philippe Baly (Château Coutet), Eric Larramona (Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey), Bérénice Lurton (Château Climens), Xavier Planty (Château Guiraud), Slanie de Pontac – Ricard (Château de Myrat) and Marie-Louise Schÿler (Château Suduiraut).

Feb 27 2013 Fine wine market in ‚recovery mode‘

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by Chris Mercer – A series of successful auctions and improved fine wine pricing shows that investors are regaining their thirst for top Bordeaux.


The Liv-ex 50 fine wine index, which tracks the last ten physical vintages of the five Bordeaux first-growths, is up by around 10% since November last year.

Miles Davis, at Wine Asset Managers (WAM), said the rise is ’significant‘ as an indicator of the fine wine market’s health, and shows ‚demand is much stronger‘. WAM believes the fine wine market in general is in ‚recovery mode‘.

The increase in demand, Davis told, is partly driven by a supply shortage among merchants, who are looking to restock. However, he also believes the longer-term investment trend looks positive heading into 2013.

‚We’ve just come out of a 30% market correction, so it’s a good time to be buying,‘ said Davis. He said Asia continues to be a key source of fine wine investment, but that there is ‚evidence of more American interest creeping back in the past year or so‘.  Continue reading „ Fine wine market in ‚recovery mode‘“

Feb 27 2013 Premiere Napa Valley auction takes $3.04m

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by Adam Lechmere in Napa – Premiere Napa Valley, the annual barrel auction that has become one of the biggest events in the California wine calendar, took a total of US$3.04m on Saturday, just shy of last year’s record.

Premiere Napa Valley

Last year’s US$3.1 was the first time the auction, considered a barometer of the popularity of certain wineries and the state of the economy, broke through the $3m barrier.

The average wholesale bottle price was US$160.75, an indicator of the quality of the 2011 vintage, one of the coolest and most difficult of recent years which produced low yields of highly-regarded wines, praised for their elegance and structure.

Auctioneers Ursula Hermacinski (pictured) and Fritz Hatton let three hours of raucous bidding, with delegates occupying the floor and winemakers sitting nervously around the sides waiting for their lot to come up. A total of 67 successful bidders out of 1000 attendees bought 207 lots of wines – the vast majority from 2011 – made especially for the event.

With lots having to be between 60 and 240 bottles, winemakers regard the auction as an opportunity to experiment with limited production and create unique blends.

Blends included almost every major variety grown in Napa: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Chardonnay, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Semillion and Syrah. Continue reading „ Premiere Napa Valley auction takes $3.04m“

Feb 27 2013 Gerard Perse sells Chateau Monbousquet stake to pension firm

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by Jane Anson in Bordeaux & Chris Mercer – Chateau Monbousquet owners Gerard and Chantal Perse sign ‚alliance‘ with pensions firm. A French pensions company has acquired an interest in Chateau Monbousquet in Saint Emilion, as part of a succession plan devised by owners Gerard and Chantal Perse.

MonbousquetThe company, which remains anonymous, has agreed to form an ‚alliance‘ with Vignobles PerseChantal Perse has confirmed to

No financial details have been disclosed, but it is understood that the deal involves the sale of a minority stake in Monbousquet, the first chateau bought by Chantal and her husband, Gerard, in Saint Emilion in 1993.

‚This alliance is to pass on our heritage, the fruit of more than 40 years work, to our children,‘ Chantal Perse said. The family also owns Pavie, a Saint Emilion premier grand cru classé A as of 2012, and grand cru classéPavie-Decesse, plus Clos Lunelles in Castillon. All Monbousquet wines will still be sold via the Bordeaux marketplace, she added.  Continue reading „ Gerard Perse sells Chateau Monbousquet stake to pension firm“

Feb 20 2013 French study finds pesticide residues in 90% of wines

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by Jane Anson in Bordeaux – Pesticide residues were found in the vast majority of 300 French wines tested, say researchers.

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A study of more than 300 French wines has found that only 10% of those tested were clean of any traces of chemicals used during vine treatments.

Pascal Chatonnet and the EXCELL laboratory in Bordeaux tested wines from the 2009 and 2010 vintages of Bordeaux, the Rhone, and the widerAquitaine region, including appellations such as Madiran and Gaillac.

Wines were tested for 50 different molecules found in a range of vine treatments, such as pesticides and fungicides.

Some wines contained up to nine separate molecules, with ‚anti-rot‘ fungicides the most commonly found. These are often applied late in the growing season.

‘Even though the individual molecules were below threshold levels of toxicity,’ Chatonnet told, ‘there is a worrying lack of research into the accumulation effect, and how the molecules interact with each other.  Continue reading „ French study finds pesticide residues in 90% of wines“

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