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Chateau Lafite Rothschild Interview
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Interview
From one of the most prestigious and world-renowned wine estates, Chateau Lafite Rothschild, we spoke with Technical Director Eric Kohler and Commercial Director Jean-Sebastien Philippe of Domaines Barons de Rothschild about Bordeaux’s continued relevance in an ever-expanding and competitive global fine wine market. We discuss the unique elements that define Chateau Lafite as well as their personal insight into the ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON March 29, 2020
Château Lafite-Rothschild - Bottled Finesse
Château Lafite-Rothschild - Bottled Finesse
Last week we took a look at Mouton-Rothschild; this week we profile its fellow Bordeaux first growth, the iconic Château Lafite-Rothschild, one of the most famous estates in Bordeaux, if not the world. “The quintessential wine of elegance” Château Lafite-Rothschild is characterised by sophistication and finesse. Neal Martin of the Wine Advocate describes it as the “quintessential wine of elegance”, ...
ON October 19, 2015
2014: THE F+R PICKS. SMITH-HAUT-LAFITTE
2014: THE F+R PICKS. SMITH-HAUT-LAFITTE
They know what they’re doing at Smith-Haut-Lafitte. This is one of the few properties in Bordeaux that really engages with the end customer, and one that is particularly aware of the commercial realities of what they are making. The Cathiards, owners since 1990, have a clear ambition - to be the best - and they are well on this road. ...
ON April 28, 2015
Domaines Barons de Rothschild: a year of innovation
Domaines Barons de Rothschild: a year of innovation
Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)’s Jean-Sébastien Philippe speaks to Gavin Smith about the benefits of collaboration amongst its châteaux – Lafite, L’Evangile, Rieussec and Duhart-Milon For many, the past 12 months meant working in isolation and big plans were shelved. At Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), it was an extremely proactive year of change. These changes have resulted in the strongest line ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON June 9, 2021
A visit from Domaines Barons de Rothschild
A visit from Domaines Barons de Rothschild
This week we were honoured to host our long standing partner Domaines Barons de Rothschild's commercial director Jean-Sebastien Philippe for a very special tasting.... It is not every day that one has the opportunity to taste a line up of wines from all of DBR's Bordeaux properties; in fact even individual tastings rarely take place outside of Bordeaux, so we ...
ON July 25, 2019
2011 Bordeaux: Great News for Lafite Lovers
2011 Bordeaux: Great News for Lafite Lovers
When we last tasted at Lafite, we were disappointed with the 2011 vintage as the wine was awkward and surly: blackly fruited and ferociously structured; showing none of the charm for which this chateau is so famous. Two weeks on and Lafite has blossomed into a silky, sweet, polished princess. The wine has softened, showing a nice bit of baby ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON April 19, 2012
Château Mouton-Rothschild – Bordeaux Wine Royalty
Château Mouton-Rothschild – Bordeaux Wine Royalty
We profile the glamorous wild-child of Bordeaux wine-making in the first of our series of posts on iconic producers...  Neighbour to fellow first-growth Lafite-Rothschild, Ch. Mouton-Rothschild is one of the icons of Bordeaux and one of three first growths to be found in Pauillac, home to the most regal and aristocratic of Bordeaux reds.  For any collector of fine wine, it is often ...
ON October 12, 2015
2008 Fine Wine Horizontal: Cardinale fronts up to Mouton Rothschild, Vega Sicilia & Sine Qua Non
2008 Fine Wine Horizontal: Cardinale fronts up to Mouton Rothschild, Vega Sicilia & Sine Qua Non
On a recent visit to London celebrating the upcoming release of the 2015 Cardinale; Barbera Banke and Julia Jackson from Jackson Family Wines wanted to prove that their flagship Napa Valley wine - Cardinale deserves to sit alongside other more established iconic fine wines at a similar price point. It’s no mean feat going up against such historic estates as ...
ON October 11, 2018
What winemakers are drinking this Christmas
What winemakers are drinking this Christmas
There’s no better time than Christmas to open a treasured bottle or two. Ahead of the big day, we asked a handful of our favourite winemakers – from Saskia de Rothschild to Klaus-Peter Keller – to tell us what they’ll be uncorking For the aperitif For Domaine Long-Depaquit’s Matthieu Mangenot it is the energy and power of Champagne Brut Nature ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON December 11, 2020
Bordeaux First Growth Trip - Day Two
Bordeaux First Growth Trip - Day Two
Day Two The second day of our Bordeaux trip began at 7am with a quick breakfast before our departure from St-Emilion across the river to the Left Bank into the territory of the great First Growths. The sun was a pleasant surprise after the overcast weather of the previous day, highlighting the beauty of the landscape of the vineyards. Our ...
ON April 29, 2013
Bordeaux 2021: what the critics are saying
Bordeaux 2021: what the critics are saying
The world’s wine critics have been tasting and writing up notes for months, and are now offering their verdict on the 2021 vintage in Bordeaux. The year sees a handful of new publications and new names taking over – with Jane Anson and Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW having split from Decanter and Wine Advocate, respectively – meaning there will be even ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON May 5, 2022
One of The Most Exciting Tastings of the Year: 2005 First Growths Masterclass
One of The Most Exciting Tastings of the Year: 2005 First Growths Masterclass
Last week saw our Sales Director Jamie Graham and Private Client Sales Manager Craig Norton host one of the most exciting tastings of the year so far: our 2005 First Growths Masterclass. For us these wines are the pinnacle of what blended wine can offer: the height of quality, heritage and pedigree. These are the best wines of Bordeaux and have been recognised as ...
ON November 24, 2014
Bordeaux vintages to drink now
Bordeaux vintages to drink now
There’s no shortage of brilliant Bordeaux – but there’s a skill to drinking the right bottle at the right moment, chasing that sweetspot in a wine’s maturity. We spoke to some of the region’s leading names – from the likes of Chx Canon , Ducru-Beaucaillou , Lafite-Rothschild , Lafleur and Margaux – to find out which vintages they think are at their best right now It’s never easy to pick ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON November 1, 2021
2014 Bordeaux: off and running..
2014 Bordeaux: off and running..
This has been an exciting week for en-primeur releases, with a number of the Bordeaux châteaux hitting the mark in terms of their pricing. Two of the buys of the vintage played their hand on Wednesday: Ch. Canon and Ch. Rauzan-Ségla.  At GBP 375 per dozen in bond both deserve a place in every cellar.  Ch. Canon was our highest-scoring ...
ON May 14, 2015
A Trip to Armagnac Part I: Domaine Boingneres
A Trip to Armagnac Part I: Domaine Boingneres
Domaine Boingneres enjoys more commercial success than many other properties in Armagnac and indeed, Madame Lafitte’s expressions of Folle Blanch and the elusive Baco may be found in many a Michelin star restaurant and fancy hotel. With an established following of world class sommeliers such as Gerrard Basset (World best Sommelier 2010) and Enrico Bernardo (World best Sommelier 2004), this ...
ON August 30, 2014
Five Wines Big In Asia
Five Wines Big In Asia
Asian-based clients make up a significant proportion of our customers and China is considered to be the world's most exciting emerging wine market. With that in mind, we take a look at five wines that have trended in the East this year...  While the wine trade may have traditionally centered on Europe, in modern times all eyes are firmly on the ...
ON August 4, 2017
Six of the best Bordeaux Left Bank Wines
Six of the best Bordeaux Left Bank Wines
1. Chateau Haut Brion 1989 Average Score: 100pts. "Consistently prodigious and almost a sure bet to top the scoring card of any blind tasting of this vintage as well as other years, the 1989 Haut-Brion is a seamless, majestic classic, and a tribute to this phenomenal terroir and its singular characteristics." Robert Parker (100pts) Amongst some of the ...
ON August 9, 2019
Bordeaux Safari March 2018 Travelogue
Bordeaux Safari March 2018 Travelogue
Bordeaux Safari - Day 1 A small group of eager wine lovers are picked up from the airport and driven direct to the magnificent Chateau Le Pape in Pessac (a recently renovated Chateau owned by Chateau Haut Bailly) surrounded by vineyards. The interior has the classic grandeur of Bordeaux heritage chic mixed with all the modern comforts and a permanent ...
ON March 23, 2018
Bordeaux Wine Tour Report March 2012 (Day 2)
Bordeaux Wine Tour Report March 2012 (Day 2)
In early March 2012, FINE+RARE's Sales Director Jamie Graham, Events Manager Amanda Baxter and a small group of our customers embarked on our annual tour of Bordeaux. Amanda Baxter updates us on their trip. Day 2 It was an early start for our intrepid tasters, 7am to be precise, to enjoy breakfast before the trek to the Left Bank with ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON March 20, 2012
Bordeaux 2021: a commune-by-commune guide
Bordeaux 2021: a commune-by-commune guide
In 2021, it is incredibly hard to make any generalisations – this really is a vintage to be assessed by individual estate. Below we do our best to break down the year by commune; read all our coverage of the year – including our run-down of the growing conditions and vintage overview – here THE LEFT BANK Overall looking at ...
BY Sophie Thorpe,
ON May 12, 2022
2014 BORDEAUX SO FAR: THE CURATE'S EGG
2014 BORDEAUX SO FAR: THE CURATE'S EGG
This was always going to be a vintage about price.  The quality was clear from the start, and there is clear consensus in the opinion that 2014 is the best vintage since 2010 (not that tricky) and arguably better than anything this century bar the blockbusters (2000, 2005, 2009 & 2010).  What we didn’t know and, to a degree, still ...
ON May 8, 2015
Le Pin: A Meteoric Rise
Le Pin: A Meteoric Rise
For the latest of our series of ** producer profiles** we focus on Chateau Le Pin **one of the great names of Pomerol and one of the rarest and most expensive wines of Bordeaux and the world… Le Pin - what makes it different.  Founded in 1979, Le Pin has swiftly become one of the world's most exclusive wines. To quote the WSJ: “It ...
ON December 9, 2015
Emeline Borie Introduces a Progressive New Approach in Pauillac
Emeline Borie Introduces a Progressive New Approach in Pauillac
Emeline Borie has big shoes to fill as she takes on her newest role as the President of Pauillac. Emeline was elected in October of last year, taking over from the larger-than-life Jean Michel Cazes, the owner of Chateau Lynch Bages. Emeline however is no stranger to Pauillac, having been born and raised at Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, one of ...
ON July 12, 2018
A Mixed Vintage
A Mixed Vintage
When Bud Cuchet and I visited Bordeaux in early October all looked set fair for a very good vintage. There are few better barometers of a vintage’s quality than the faces of the men tasked with making and selling the wine, and there were smiles all round as we inspected the vineyards in the beautiful October sunshine. Sadly, whilst we ...
ON April 18, 2013
Bordeaux 2014 report
Bordeaux 2014 report
Following a challenging few vintages, the wine world held a collective breath for Bordeaux 2014. We report the positive news for winemakers and collectors alike After three very difficult vintages on the spin, Bordeaux has come up with what is indisputably a good vintage and, in some cases, a very good vintage. 2014 is easily the best vintage since ...
ON April 8, 2015
Château Haut-Brion – The Insider’s First-Growth
Château Haut-Brion – The Insider’s First-Growth
For the last of our profiles on the Bordeaux first-growths we move away from Medoc to Pessac, to examine Chateau Haut-Brion – a first-growth of incredibly quality boasting no fewer than six 100 point Robert Parker scores. The connoisseur’s grand vin The only first growth of Pessac, this estate is set apart from its rivals in both geography and style ...
ON November 11, 2015
Chateau Margaux - Ethereal Elegance and Grace
Chateau Margaux - Ethereal Elegance and Grace
After profiling the three Pauillac first-growths, we turn our attention to the last of Médoc, the heavenly, ethereal Chateau Margaux.  Chateau Margaux – A Beautiful Chateau Home to Gorgeous Wines While all of the first-growths have helped shape the history of Bordeaux winemaking, none perhaps has left a legacy quite like that Chateau Margaux. Its stately pavilion is ...
ON November 3, 2015
Bordeaux 2017: EP Round-Up Week VIII
Bordeaux 2017: EP Round-Up Week VIII
It’s like waiting for buses. None show up and then they all come at once. This has been the concertina effect that has come to epitomise the 2017 EP campaign in which most of the top Chateaux have ended up releasing their wines at the same time potentially each sabotaging the other in terms of maximising their exposure on release. ...
ON June 15, 2018
Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur: Remaining Availability & Still To Come
Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur: Remaining Availability & Still To Come
View the Top 10 red En Primeur releases with remaining case availability... With only a handful of big releases to come availability of those that have been released is dwindling... Top 10 En Primeur Reds Still Available During this En Primeur campaign, the top scoring Bordeaux 2015 wines have been selling out rapidly on release. Below is a list of ...
ON June 16, 2016
Petrus - "The Vinous Holy Grail"
Petrus - "The Vinous Holy Grail"
** In our previous producer profiles we’ve focused on the five Bordeaux first-growths. Now, we turn our attention to the equally mighty Petrus, the star of Pomerol and producer of some of the world’s finest – and most expensive – wines. Fame and adoration Ask any wine-lover to name the world’s greatest fine wine, and the answer will invariably include ...
ON August 10, 2018
Bordeaux 2016 En Primeur: Vintage Report
Bordeaux 2016 En Primeur: Vintage Report
Early critic scores and the buzz in the marketplace suggest that the Bordeaux 2016 En Primeur campaign could be one of the biggest yet. Read on to find out about the vintage, critic opinions, scores and all the major appellations… While at En Primeur week Jancis Robinson has suggested that her readers “start saving” as she is “much enjoying tasting ...
ON April 7, 2017
A whistlestop tour of Bordeaux
A whistlestop tour of Bordeaux
Bordeaux is where many begin their collections. It is the spiritual home of fine wine, packed full of household names that have become bywords for luxury and quality. We review the region's biggest names, some under-the-radar gems and what makes them all so special Pauillac – classic, quintessential Claret Home to three of the five Left-Bank First Growths and ...
ON August 19, 2015
Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur: Campaign Summary
Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur: Campaign Summary
As the négociants begin to close their offers on 2015 Bordeaux, they are telling us that it has been a “great En Primeur campaign”. Here at FINE+RARE we wholeheartedly agree… First Growths & Their Peers In many ways it was business as usual with the first growths and their peers (Pétrus and Le Pin) dominating our sales and receiving huge ...
ON July 29, 2016
FINE+RARE Quarterly Report: 2014 Q2
FINE+RARE Quarterly Report: 2014 Q2
The second quarter of 2013 hardly started with a bang. Bordeaux 2013 was the third vintage in a row to be met by negativity from critics, merchants and customers. Those that have tasted the 2013s will attest to some attractive and easy wines being made, though prices for many were simply incorrect and there was little interest in the vintage. ...
ON July 16, 2014
2018 Bordeaux En Primeur 2018: Critics' Scores Round-Up
2018 Bordeaux En Primeur 2018: Critics' Scores Round-Up
The reviews are in. The overall top scorers for the 2018 vintage are Chateau Ausone and Petrus, both sharing an aggregate score of 99.5, with Chateau Lafleur just behind with 99.3. These aggregate scores are compiled from the top Bordeaux expert critics: James Suckling, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate), Jeb Dunnuck, Jane Anson (Decanter) and Antonio Galloni (Vinous). Out of the ...
ON May 17, 2019
The rise of the September releases: how La Place went global
The rise of the September releases: how La Place went global
Each September, a selection of the world's finest wines are released via La Place de Bordeaux. We look at how these prestigious properties – from South America, California, Italy and beyond – found their way into Bordeaux’s distribution network For a long time, La Place de Bordeaux – as you might guess from its name – only distributed Bordeaux. But ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON August 31, 2020
Bordeaux 2021: the human hand
Bordeaux 2021: the human hand
Our team spent 10 days in Bordeaux tasting the 2021 vintage – a year that is far from simple. Frost and mildew made for challenging conditions, but the wines shouldn’t be written off. This was a year where tasting was essential and it’s impossible to talk in generalisations. Here, we dig into why The 2021 vintage in Bordeaux is not ...
BY Sophie Thorpe,
ON May 12, 2022
A Double Dose of Bordeaux in Hong Kong
A Double Dose of Bordeaux in Hong Kong
Ahead of the latest En Primeur campaign later this spring, the Bordeaux bandwagon is gradually rolling back into life. Much attention is naturally starting to focus on past vintages (2012’s are bottled and due for release shortly), significant changes in the world of the critics (Robert Parker relinquishing his EP tasting duties to Neal Martin, as well as re-reviewing the ...
ON March 10, 2015
5 Tips For Building Your Wine Portfolio
5 Tips For Building Your Wine Portfolio
Do you consider yourself a veteran collector? Or a newbie in the fine wine game? Whatever your level of expertise, our Head of Private Cellar Management, Sophie Luff, shares her tips for building a wine portfolio... **SEEK UNBIASED ADVICE** At F+R we pride ourselves on the fact that we are able to source the finest wines and vintages from all over ...
ON March 9, 2018
Bordeaux 2020: our favourites
Bordeaux 2020: our favourites
Bordeaux produced some stunning wines in 2020. While we haven’t yet tasted everything – notably Chx Mouton and Lafite Rothschild – here’s our pick of our 10 favourites so far, wines that have really shone in this remarkable vintage 2020 Calon Ségur, Saint-Estèphe This has a lovely interplay of earthy, mineral notes with a touch of smokiness, fresh leather and ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON May 12, 2021
2016 Bordeaux En Primeur: More Early Opinions
2016 Bordeaux En Primeur: More Early Opinions
More early opinions from the critics suggest that 2016 Bordeaux En Primeur is going to be big, including newly-released scores from James Suckling. Two weeks ago we reported on the early opinions from critics, experts and winemakers on this year's Bordeaux futures. Since then, there have been many more… Antonio Galloni on 2016 Bordeaux En Primeur So far Vinous has ...
ON March 23, 2017
Early Insight on Bordeaux 2019
Early Insight on Bordeaux 2019
Right from the lead up to the harvest of 2019 through to the Spring of this year we have been speaking extensively to winemakers throughout Bordeaux on their thoughts regarding the progress and quality of the vintage. In November of last year at the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux tasting in London, it was already becoming clear this was ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON November 15, 2019
2016 Bordeaux En Primeur: Key Trends & What To Buy Now
2016 Bordeaux En Primeur: Key Trends & What To Buy Now
2016 BORDEAUX EN PRIMEUR: KEY TRENDS After a hugely successful three months, the majority of wines from 2016 Bordeaux En Primeur have now been released. Sales have been huge, and  all the early predictions that 2016 was “a renaissance of Bordeaux”  with many “best-ever” wines have proven to be true. Such has been the demand and excitement around this vintage that we expect ...
ON June 16, 2017
Steven Spurrier: a life in wine
Steven Spurrier: a life in wine
As Steven Spurrier publishes his memoirs, we talk to the wine merchant turned writer about a life dedicated to wine and why he can’t stop buying art Steven Spurrier might be approaching 80, but his wit, quill and tongue are as sharp as ever. While – as is now the norm – we spoke on the phone, there is ...
BY Sophie Thorpe,
ON December 11, 2020
May 2013 - Market Report
May 2013 - Market Report
The market in April The 2012 campaign started early this year with several big releases during the week after the UGC tastings. Calls by merchants – FINE+RARE included - for an early campaign and significant price reduction looked to have been answered when Ch Mouton Rothschild came out at a discount of 33% to the 2011 price (ex negociant). This ...
ON May 2, 2013
Bordeaux 2019 - En Primeur Update
Bordeaux 2019 - En Primeur Update
The wine world should have descended on Bordeaux this week to taste the 2019 vintage from barrel and make their assessments, with the chateaux initially due to release the wines from mid-April onwards. However, it comes as no surprise, the biggest event of the fine wine year is currently on ice. While the Bordelais speculate on the en primeur ice thawing somewhere ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON April 2, 2020
FINE+RARE Roundup: w/c 29 February 2016
FINE+RARE Roundup: w/c 29 February 2016
Our roundup for week commencing 29 February 2016, telling you what's been selling at FINE+RARE and what to expect in the coming weeks… What's Been Selling Cellars to Sellers A couple of big cellars came online this week from our Private Cellar Management team. These moved quickly with over £100k worth of wine being sold in a single day. Back ...
ON March 4, 2016
Australian Fine Wine: Langton's Classification Tasting
Australian Fine Wine: Langton's Classification Tasting
Find out more about our recent tasting of over fifty of Australia's finest and rarest wines... The Tasting On Monday 21 March FINE+RARE held an exclusive tasting of wines from the Langton’s Classification in association with Wine Australia. The event offered a unique opportunity for attendees, as there had not been a tasting of Australian fine wine of this quality ...
ON March 24, 2016
2011 Bordeaux: An Uncertain Start
2011 Bordeaux: An Uncertain Start
Bordeaux 2011 has gone off ahead of Robert Parker's usual starting gun with Lafite unexpectedly leading the way (we are still confirming our allocations). Mutterings in Bordeaux that Lafite is too expensive is unlikely to prove true given it's attraction for the Asian markets, but the other 1st Growths would perhaps be wise to disregard Lafite when setting their own prices. The ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON April 19, 2012
Bollinger, Bond and Wine on the Silver Screen
Bollinger, Bond and Wine on the Silver Screen
The name on everybody’s lips is Bond, James Bond.  It’s official: Bond fever is gripping London. Spectre premieres on 26th October and with it brings a wave of collaborations and brands that work alongside the secret agent. None of these, however, is as enduring or significant as that of Bond and Bollinger, who have just released a special edition champagne ...
ON October 16, 2015

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