The World's 50 Best Wines

The World's 50 Best Wines are the wines with the highest average score given by professional critics in all vintages. Visit www.theworlds50bestwines.com to see all World's 50 Best Wines.

The Wine with the highest  average score is  ranked  first and is thus  to be considered as the best wine.
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Top Burgundy Growers donate 1000 cases of 4 magnums of the great 2009 vintage!

 

eight burgundian top producers have founded a charitable association « Les Climats du Cœur ».

1,000 cases of 4 magnums of 1er Crus from the vintage 2009 are offered to burgundy lovers as a means of raising funds for Charity.

If ever there was the possibility to buy a case of wine from an All Star Lineup of Burgundian vignerons, this is it! All of the wines will hail from the 2009 vintage to begin with and all are available solely in magnum format. Each case consists of one each of the four magnums, with each wine made from a superb array of premier cru vineyards.
Each cuvée is overseen by a consortium of two vignerons, with one in charge of making and cellaring the wine, and the other in charge of the organizational undertaking of getting dozens of vignerons in each village on the same page.

Each case will be composed of the following wines

Gevrey-Chambertin Premier cru
Vinified, aged and bottled by Domaine Dujac  & Maison Faiveley
The grapes donated by the following Estates
- Maison Faiveley
- Domaine Dujac
- Domaine Dupont-Tisserandot
- Domaine Bruno Clair
- Domaine Rebourseau
- Domaine Geantet-Pansiot
- Domaine Drouhin-Laroze
- Domaine Rossignol-Trapet

 

Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru
Vinified, aged and bottled by Domaine de la Romanée-Conti & Maison Joseph Drouhin

The grapes donated by the following Estates
- Maison Joseph Drouhin
- Domaine de la Romanée Conti
- Domaine Méo-Camuzet
- Domaine Michel Gros
- Domaine Comte Liger-Belair
- Domaine Robert Arnoux
- Domaine Lamarche
- Domaine Prieuré-Roch
- Domaine Grivot
- Domaine Confuron-Cotetidot
- Domaine Bernard Gros

 

Meursault Premier Cru
Vinified, aged and bottled by Domaine Roulot & Maison Louis Latour

The grapes donated by the following Estates
- Maison Louis Latour
- Domaine Roulot
- Domaine des Comtes Lafon
- Maison Deux Montille Sœur Frère
- Maison Albert Bichot
- Maison Bouchard Père et Fils
- Maison Olivier Leflaive
- Domaine Albert Grivault
- Domaine Bitouzet Prieur

 

Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru
Vinified, aged and bottled by Domaine Leflaive & Maison Louis Jadot
The grapes donated by the following Estates

- Maison Louis Jadot
- Domaine Leflaive
- Domaine Henri Boillot
- Domaine Sauzet
- Domaine Duc de Magenta
- Château de Puligny
- Domaine Chartron
- Domaine Pernot

The funds raised by the sale of the wines will be entirely donated to charities in the Côte d’Or.

this is your chanse to  snap up  some of the best burgundys in the stellar 2009 vintage,  from  premier cru terroirs, made by  some  of the best producers!

The wines are available for order through the charity’s website, www.climats-du-coeur.com

 

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What do fine wine and crude oil have in common ?

Fine wine and crude oil may not taste the same, they have more in common than you might think.

According to the calculations of two economists at the International Monetary Fund, every change in oilpirce during the last 12 years has been followed by a similar raise or fall in the Live-ex Fine Wine index. (This index represents the price movement of 100 of the most sought-after fine wines for which there is a strong secondary market).

How come ? Wine experts used to explain that the effects of weather and age were responsable for price movements.

Research by Serhan Cevik and Tahsin Saadi Sedik showed that instead growth in emerging economies has been the cause of the remarkable price evolution during the last decade of both oil and wine.

While oil consumption in rich countries has declined, the emerging countries are fully responsable for the increase in global oil demand since 2000. (China has become the largest car market in the world.)

Likewise, rising income in emerging economies have spurred wine drinking, whereas consumption in Europe has fallen. China (including Hong Kong) overtook Britain last year as the biggest export market for Bordeaux wines (according to CIVB).

 

 

 

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Is this the end for Lafite, Petrus and Latour ?

We all noticed..... global temperature is rising.

But this steady rise is a real threat for the vineyards around Bordeaux that produce some of the most esteemed and expensive wines on earth.

According to the Telegraph experts say that the region may be unsuitable for wine-growing by 2050, making the supreme wines of chateaux like Lafite, Petrus and Latour nothing but memories.

Some winegrowers are already switching to heat-resistant grape varieties as a precaution, Germany's Der Spiegel magazine reported this week.

The French national Institute for Agricultural Research in Paris says that in worst case the climate will no longer be suitable for Cabernet and Merlot wines by the middle of the century.

Let's hope climate change will not come to fast, so winegrowers will be able to adapt  !

 

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New wine-maker for Ch. Pétrus

 

 

The oenologist Eric Murisasco, who has been Cellar Master for many years by Jean-Pierre Moueix in Libourne, will take over the vinification process at Petrus by the end of the year. Indeed, Jean-Claude Berrouet will soon retire, after he has been working for 44 years in the estate.

         

 Source: M. Scheuermann, Planet Bordeaux

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Lafite Rothschild answers with Chinese Symbol on the 2008 vintage

Chateau Lafite Rothschild's 2008 bottle is to feature the Chinese symbol for the figure eight in celebration of the First Growth's new vineyard venture in China. The symbol, which is considered especially lucky in China, will be on every bottle and magnum of Lafite 2008. A spokesperson for Lafite owner Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) said she did not know what impact the move might have on the value of Lafite 2008 in China. ‘The shape of the symbol seems to offer a perfect representation of the slopes of the vineyard and commemorates the launch of our Chinese wine project,’ the spokesperson added. ‘We wanted to remind all those who will have the pleasure of drinking these wines in a few years of this exciting undertaking.’ Lafite is in partnership with CITIC, China’s largest state-owned investment company, to develop 25ha of vines on the Penglai peninsula in China’s Shandong province. Some commentators have described the peninsula, about 800km north of Shanghai, as ‘China’s Bordeaux’. Meanwhile, speculation that Château Mouton-Rothschild might choose a Chinese artist to design the label for its 2008 vintage sent the wine’s value soaring in late 2009. Mouton is due to unveil its new label for 2008 at the end of this year. The figure eight is considered so auspicious in Chinese culture that huge sums of money are paid for telephone numbers made up only of the number, while the opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics began precisely at eight minutes and eight seconds past 8pm, on 8 August 2008.

Source: Decanter

Lafite Rothschild 2008 overview by 90plus: As the prices still go up every day will it drop or keep rising after it's release?,...

http://www.90pluswines.com/Wine/16231042A08/Chateau--Lafite-Rothschild---Pauillac/2008.aspx

 

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Top Value wines 'Chateau des Roques Vacqueras 2007'

We already knew that 2007 was an outstanding year for wines coming from the south site of the Rhône-region.

Nevertheless the prices for these vintages remain reasonable, which is remarkable.

In our top value wines selection we chose the Vacqueras 2007 of Chateau des Roques. This wine has an outstanding price-quality ratio and with the upcoming season an ideal wine to pair with game.

The Chateau is owned by Pierre Seroul, however the wine is assembled by André Fregière.

 


The typical spicy and juicy character of the 2007 wines is what makes them amazing. The freshness makes them 90pluswines.
Only AOC since 1990 , Vacqueras is an outstanding region and Price-quality wise a bargain in some vintages. The 2007, Chateau des Roques can be purchased for less than €10.

Check out where you can find it @ http://bit.ly/9YfQ2h

 

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Divers find 200 years old, drinkable champagne in schip wreck in Baltic Sea

In a wreck in the Baltic Sea divers have found 30 bottles of champagne of over 200 years old. This is probably the oldest drinkable champagne ever found and is most likely wine from 1782 and 1788.

The bubbles, more than likely the mark Clicquot (now Veuve Clicquot), tastes "fabulous," says one diver.

A team of Swedish divers found the bottles at 55 meters depth, near the Aland archipelago in the Baltic Sea. The discovery dates back to July 6 but was only announced Saturday.

 

 According to the archives of Moët & Chandon the bottles date from the years 1782 to 1788. "The production of Clicquot started in 1772, but stopt for more than 10 years. During the French Revolution in 1789 there was no champagne produced. The bottles date for sure between 1782 and 1788, "says the expert.

One bottle should now be worth 50,000 euros.

 

The champagne bottles were more than two centuries at the bottom of the sea in perfect conditions: cold temperatures and low light.

 

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Senior Editor James Suckling Retires from Wine Spectator

James Suckling, who joined Wine Spectator in 1981 and has served as European bureau chief since 1988, has retired from the company.

Suckling’s tasting responsibilities have been reassigned. The wines will be reviewed in our standard blind-tastings in the company’s New York office.

Senior editor and tasting director Bruce Sanderson will oversee coverage of Italy. Sanderson, who has been with the magazine for 18 years, currently reviews the wines of Burgundy, Champagne and Germany. His most recent cover story was an in-depth analysis of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.

Senior editor James Molesworth, who is responsible for France’s Rhône Valley and Loire Valley, will add Bordeaux to his portfolio. Molesworth has been with Wine Spectator for 14 years. He also reviews the wines of Argentina, Chile and South Africa.

Managing editor Kim Marcus reviews the table wines of Portugal; he will now take responsibility for Port as well. Marcus, who joined Wine Spectator 23 years ago, also tastes the wines of Austria and southern France.

"James Suckling has been a significant contributor to the success of Wine Spectator,” said editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken. “He will be missed. We are very fortunate to have significant depth in our editorial team. Moving these tastings to New York, where we have a larger staff and better logistical control, will allow us to strengthen our coverage of these important wine regions."

 source: Wine Spectator

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Pingus 2008 bottled and approved

On Juin 30 Parker released his opinion on the latest Pingus. The 2008 was already 'one to watch'.

Pingus 2008 circles around 400 Euro, with Parkers approval (99/100) on Juin 30th it might get one to purchase as soon as possible! 

Pingus is made by the Danish winemaker Peter Sisseck, He first came to Spain in the early nineties and made his first Pingus in 1995. The wines where first vinified at the cellars of Finca Villacreces in Ribera.

Also the grapes for his second wine  'Flor de Pingus' where delivered by Villacreces in 2003. Since Parker quoted 1998 98/100 this wine has become an icon and wanted wine! the first Pingus in 1995 where available at 25 euro, while the avarage price today is 955 euro!

a good invester could have gained some money on this modest wine.

pingus since 1995:

name vintage Parker's latest score avarage market price since 2003 avarage market price today dif
Pingus 2008 99/100 429 429 0
Pingus 2007 98/100 437 571 134
Pingus 2006 98/100 407 734 327
Pingus 2005 99/100 481 653 172
Pingus 2004 100/100 662 927 265
Pingus 2003 96-100/100 371 565 194
Pingus 2002 / / / /
Pingus 2001 95/100 328 612 284
Pingus 2000 96/100 536 644 108
Pingus 1999 98/100 393 559 166
Pingus 1998 90/100 308 396 88
Pingus 1997 89/100 316 500 184
Pingus 1996 / 431 565 134
Pingus 1995 / 611 975 364
                     

 

 

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