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Five Big Releases Coming Soon
Five Big Releases Coming Soon
With the European summer break now drawing to a close, the wine trade is very much ‘back to school’. A deluge of significant wine and spirits releases are scheduled for September, keeping merchants and collectors alike very much on their toes... At the time of writing, 2015 Almaviva, 2014 Solaia, 2014 Vérité, 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage Jecques Perrin and 2015 Seña ...
ON August 25, 2017
La Place de Bordeaux takes on the World's Icon Wines
La Place de Bordeaux takes on the World's Icon Wines
“La Place de Bordeaux” is the historic distribution network used to distribute the wines of Bordeaux globally and this is briefly how it works: wines are sold from the Chateau to Bordeaux Negociants (via a Courtier) before being sold on to individual wine merchants and then on to the consumer. This has been an historic trading system originating from ...
ON September 13, 2018
Top 10 Wines of 2016
Top 10 Wines of 2016
2016 was a huge year for FINE+RARE, with more wines, vintages and regions sold than ever before. As ever, our customers proved eclectic and diverse in their choices, with huge sales in wines from all over the world. From Bordeaux to Burgundy, Champagne to Port, here are our Top 10 Wines of 2016... BORDEAUX: Chateau Margaux 2015 It will come as ...
ON January 10, 2017
Italian Icons to be released via La Place de Bordeaux
Italian Icons to be released via La Place de Bordeaux
In 2004, the historic wine trading and distribution network 'La Place de Bordeaux' broke with tradition by listing Opus One, selling for the first time a wine from outside of Bordeaux. With the international sales success of Opus One, a number of fine wine icons from around the world have since followed suit creating a September campaign of releases coming ...
ON September 4, 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
Coming Soon: September 2016
Coming Soon: September 2016
With many big releases expected this month from top vintages and the crème de la crème of producers, September looks set to be one of the key months for fine wine this year… Below you'll find a brief, but not exhaustive, run down of the releases coming soon and what to keep an eye out for this month. All of ...
ON September 2, 2016
New Releases Not To Be Missed This Month: September
New Releases Not To Be Missed This Month: September
As the summer holidays draw to a close, the wine industry bursts back into action in September with a flurry of new releases from some of the world’s finest wineries. Top releases this month include wines from almost every corner of the globe, providing something to suit everyone’s tastes. The most notable releases include Masseto 2015, Chateau d'Yquem 2016, Solaia 2015, ...
ON August 30, 2018
Market Report September 2012
Market Report September 2012
Bordeaux picks up slightly driven by 2009 but interest at the very top end remains limited Bordeaux’s share of the market at Fine+Rare was up on last month at 60%, compared to 47% in August. The most heavily traded vintage by far was 2009, accounting for almost a quarter of all sales, with the delivery of en primeur stocks boosting interest ...
ON October 2, 2012
La Place de Bordeaux explained: what it is and how it works
La Place de Bordeaux explained: what it is and how it works
Formed of layers of négociants, courtiers and châteaux, La Place de Bordeaux is not a place at all, but the complex distribution system for the region’s wines – and increasingly the top wines from around the world. Here’s everything you need to know about how it works In Bordeaux, you can’t buy wine directly from producers. Instead wines are sold ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON August 31, 2020
New Releases Not To Be Missed This Month: September 2019
New Releases Not To Be Missed This Month: September 2019
With the August hiatus now firmly behind us, September will have us forget faraway beaches and instead think of beautiful vineyards in all corners of the earth as it is the month of international icon wines releases from Bordeaux’s La Place.  More and more global wineries are opting to release their top wines in this way. New additions this year include, ...
ON August 30, 2019
The Pernots of Puligny: a family divided by tradition and modernity
The Pernots of Puligny: a family divided by tradition and modernity
The Pernot family has been making wine in Puligny-Montrachet since the 1950s – but today Alvina Pernot is striking out to forge a reputation of her own. We talked to her about the decision to break away from the family domaine, and how her wines differ from those of her father Domaine Paul Pernot is synonymous with the ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON October 8, 2020
Harvesting at Chateau Rauzan Segla 2013
Harvesting at Chateau Rauzan Segla 2013
2013 has been a challenging vintage for most of France. Much of Bordeaux has been affected by storms earlier in the year, resulting in considerably lower yields for many. Luckily, at Rauzan Segla not too much of the crop was lost. This has helped the chateau overcome what was looking to be another major concern for the vintage: rot. The ...
ON October 22, 2013
The September Series: the 2021 edition unpacked
The September Series: the 2021 edition unpacked
September sees the latest vintages from some of the world’s top estates released via La Place de Bordeaux. Ahead of the 2021 releases, we run through the vintages and properties that you’ll want on your radar South America’s finest Argentina and Chile have rapidly become hotspots for fine wine. Offering high-altitude sites with glorious sunshine, and varied soils, it’s no ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON August 25, 2021
Armagnac: France's Best Kept Secret
Armagnac: France's Best Kept Secret
If I say ‘brandy’ you’ll probably think of Cognac, but what about Armagnac? Both Cognac and Armagnac are brandies from different regions of France; however, Cognac was the luckier of the two brandy brothers and is subsequently the better known of the two. The town of Cognac, located in Charente, has always had well-established trade routes due to its location, ...
ON August 20, 2014
Samuel Billaud - Chablis' Rising Star
Samuel Billaud - Chablis' Rising Star
Chablis has seen a real renaissance the last few years, with critics such as Neal Martin stating, Chablis “articulates terroir with greater transparency than any other wine region”. He goes on to say “… in talented hands Chablis can satisfy both the senses and the intellect…the finest Chablis wines are uncompromising, challenging and cerebral.” In the same article Neal Martin ...
ON September 13, 2019
Does vintage matter?
Does vintage matter?
Each year we focus on the new vintages released from Burgundy, Bordeaux and elsewhere. In an era when truly bad vintages are a thing of the past, Gavin Smith wonders whether in fact it's the hand of the winemaker that reigns supreme At the time of the latest vintage release from Burgundy, it is always the year’s conditions that dominate ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON November 19, 2020
A new flavour frontier
A new flavour frontier
For many, the words “American whiskey” conjure up images of Kentucky, Bourbon and Rye. Two equally innovative and candid producers tell Holly Motion why the Pacific Northwest is perfectly primed to create sensational American single malts The Pacific Northwest is the birthplace of some of the greatest innovations of the past 40 years. Microsoft, Amazon and Starbucks are just some of the multi-billion-dollar enterprises to come from the region with its spectacular mountainous ...
BY Holly Motion,
ON April 16, 2021

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