Sunday, January 29, 2012

Focus On Tasmania

In a sign of the state's growing reputation as a quality wine region, Tasmania has been chosen to host the international Cool Climate Wine Symposium next week.
About 200 delegates from interstate and overseas have signed up for the event, which will focus on the latest technology and research relating to growing grapes ans making wine. 
Many different wine professional are attending: Top New Zeland Pinot nois producers, , critics like Janice Robinson, Tom Stevenson or Robert Hill-Smith ( Barossa Valley).
Wine Tasmania chief executive sheralee Davies said it was hugely excitting for Tasmania. According to Economic Development Minister David O'Byrne, he heralded the event, the local wine industry is a key part of the government's plan to grow the economy.

Good Luck Tasmania

Monday, January 23, 2012


RIESLING VINTAGE François alphonse 2008 KIENTZLER:
With a nose setting on an excellent powerful exotic fruit. The acidity brings a sensation of freshness and thoughtlessness. It is the wine, which is going to bring a big sensation of exoticism and power. A little mineral he will accompany marvelously the fish. We find also notes of flowers of locust tree there, which gives one certain subtlety in the wine. For consumers looking for true wines and power. Consumption into these 3 years for takes advantage of the freshness of this wine.

Domain st Sebastien on 2009 banyuls empreinte:
With a very complete palette of aroma going of a candied fruit of fig and plum to a crystallized banana. The notes of spice call back an oriental and warm wine. He will allow discovering the sensuality of wines of banyuls, which will exhilarate your papillae. That length will surprise you and you’re to leave speechless. For a consumer looking for the originality of the product and wishing agreements dish and rare wine on table. These wines can keep several years before being consumed.

Leoville Poyferre Saint Julien 1985 2 crus classé de 1855 :
This wine will surprise you at first by its freshness and its still present material in spite of a few years. He offers aromas of typical candied fruit prune, as well as tertiary aromas such as copper, smoked, notes animal and tobacco. This wine crosses the time and the age by its subtlety and its still present body, expressing this feeling of terroir and to know how to make Saint Julien. For a warned consumer looking for of ancient sensation, and a traditional style, like the tertiary aromas. To consume rather this year if your wine was keeping in good condition, he stays in him a few years to be lived even if the wine begins that downward slope.

By Segard Maxence

Monday, January 16, 2012

Tasting. The new target of wine breaking news.

Finished the time of notes on the wine, do we give notes to a painting? Let’s go for a pure and simple description, let appear felt it and the feelings of the tasting through words. Every week you can find some tasting on WBN besides the actually news. 

Château La Gomerie 2001 saints Emilion Grand cru: fine and elegant. This thoroughbred wine surprises by his classicism. Contain a bouquet of black fruit with a nice smoked note. This wine contains still firm tannins and beautiful revealing acidity one finale long and intense that is going to continue to fill up by setting of the age. This wine addresses the amateurs of classic wines. Still young this wine will arrive at maturity in 3 - 4 years.
            Merlot 100% 
            Environ 90€

Château rouget 2000 Pomerol: Powerful and surprising this wine communicate by aromas of candied fruit, followed by a note of roast and white pepper. This wine was conceived in the purest tradition of Bordeaux and of the appellation of Pomerol. The tannins of this wine are still firm what lets plan still beautiful years of preservation. He will correspond to consumers who like structure and classic wine while keeping a note of sharpness and unctuousness. To consume in the next 6 years.
            Merlot 85% - Cabernet Franc 15%
            Environ 50€

Tertre Roteboeuf 2006 Saint Emilion Grand Cru : Full of ardour this wine alert our senses, thanks to a dominant and candied fruit. He shows itself afterward very captivating with grilled notes toasted. These aromas of chocolate and coffee make of this wine greed. Still young this wine will require waiting still a few years before being for maturity. He addresses a consumer liking rich, modern wines, and meaning.
Merlot 85% - Cabernet Franc 15%
            Environ 120€

Château Fayard 2007 Saint Macaire blanc sec : This wine surprises at once by its big complexity. Aromas such as a magnificent exotic fruit, followed by note of honey of locust tree, a sensation of walnut hazelnut. The sensation in mouth is pleasant with one certain curvature and fat bringing of the power to this white wine. This wine addresses a consumer in search of a original product, rare, and to discovered small nice Chateau. To consume in coming 3 years.
            Sémillon 70% – Sauvignon 27% – Muscadelle 3%
            Environ 17€

By Segard Maxence. 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Authentication seals to protect Chateau Palmer

In order to guarantee the authenticity of their wines, Château Palmer is working in partnership with Prooftag, the developers of Bubble Tag technology which allows wineries to protect their bottles and fight against counterfeiting.
Beginning with the 2009 vintage, every bottle of Château Palmer (Margaux, Third Growth), as well as its second label, Alter Ego, will be equipped with a “Bubble Tag” (a registered trademark) which will guarantee the wine’s authenticity and quality. Developed by the French company, Prooftag, this authentication seal contains all of the information pertaining to the bottle in question, recorded in a database prior to shipment and accessible to customers. How is this system original? It is based on Bubble Tag technology: a code which consists of a translucent polymer in the heart of which bubbles are generated in an entirely random fashion. This code constitutes the identity of each bottle. Each Bubble Tag is unique and impossible to reproduce, even for Prooftag.
By scanning the Bubble Tag with their smartphone, customers can access all the information concerning the wine. Of course, it is also a guarantee of quality, traceability, and authenticity. Placing bottles under tamper-proof seals ensures customers that the bottles haven’t been opened beforehand. This technology is a decisive arm in the fight against counterfeiting, of which the Grand Crus are the principal target. “Our solutions aim to guarantee and secure the brand’s commercial activity and to protect their reputation”, underlines Franck Bourrières, Prooftag’s sales and marketing manager. Incidentally, for its anti-counterfeiting technology, Prooftag has received accreditation by Chinese authorities (China Anti-Counterfeiting Technology Association).
By opting for this technology, Château Palmer is serving as a pioneer among the Grand Cru Classés: currently, only a handful of estates, such as Château Montelena in California, Domaine Ponsot in Burgundy, and Château Canon La Gaffelière in Saint-Emilion, have already protected their bottles with the Bubble Tag system. “The exceptional character of each and every one of our bottles has led us to reinforce the authentication process for our wines. The technology developed by Prooftag has convinced us of its effectiveness, and it is for this reason that we have decided to equip all of our bottles with their authentication system”, declares Bernard De Laage de Meux, head of development at Château Palmer.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

How did the year turn out in the Fine Wine Market?

It was a good year for fine wine in 2011 with auction houses  reporting solid sales but the Bordeaux market and prices are expected to fall further in 2012.

Wine sales at auction house in 2011:
-Acker Merrall & Condit topped $110 million,
-Christie's sales are more than $90 million,
-Sotheby's wine auctions hit $85,5 million,
-Bonhams finished at $17 million.

Richard Harvey predicts prices for Lafite, Latour, Margaux, Haut-Brion and Mouton will
 remain stables, or even dip further in the first three months of 2012. Cases of 1982 Lafite, which sold in March more than $60 000 a case were fetching less than $45 000 at auction. The dip makes it unlikely that the 300 bottle of Chateau Lafite-Rotschild with vintages between 1981 and 2005 that was sold more than $539 000 will reach that level again soon.
Prices for Burgundy, specifically Domaine Romanee-Conti, are expected to remain high because the amount of wines produced in the region is so small. But in Burgundy, auction prices were lower this year. At the Hospices de Beaune auction in November, where wealthy wine enthusiasts bid in a yearly sale whose proceeds are donated to charity, the average prices were down by 6,2 percent for reds and 12,9 percent for whites.

The fine wine market is in constant evolution and we can have a pretty good outook in terms of the growth of this market in the long term. There will be new new byers, new collectors, new drinkers from around the world.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

NEWS: Anish Kapoor illustrates the Label of Château Mouton Rotschild 2009

Every Year since 1945, a great artist has created an original artwork for the Château Mouton Rotschild Label. Thus, the most famous names in contemporary art are brought together in a colection to which a new work is added each year.
The commission to illustrate the 2009 vintage was given to the sculptor, painter and visual artist Anish Kapoor, a british citizen  of indian origin, born in Mumbai in 1954 and leading figure of contemporary art. His work reflects and transcends world's diversity through a constant invention of forms that offer the viewer unforgettable experiences.
At once austere and flamboyant, the gouache he has created for Mouton Rotschild2009 expresses the fertile thrust of plant life, the result of an intense encounter between matter and light.

About Château Mouton Roschild 
Premier Cru Classé
200 acres of vines at Pauillac in the Medoc
Grapes Varieties: 
83 % Cabernet Sauvignon,
3 % Cabernet Franc
14 % Merlot
Vintage 2009: the wine has a very deep, almost black colour. the stylish and complex nose displays aromas of bilberry, blackcurrant and blond tabacco that mingle with  subtle cedarwood and spice notes. The same refinement and density are to be found on the palate with patrician, well-rounded tannins, revealing remarkable structure and balance right through to the long and opulent finish.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The great Bordeaux in December, it's Christmas!

Twelve Parisian restaurants create the event this month. Until December 31st, well-included New Year eves, they propose a large selection of Bordeaux with new price, which is accessible. Ten castles were selected, in vintage ready to drink, like Figeac on 2000 to Yquem on 2008, and Beychevelle, Conseillante, Calon Ségur or Pape Clément.
This operation aims at reconciling the amateurs of great wines with the best wine of Bordeaux, often proposed in disheartening price lists. That is why it was baptized " Carte sur Table ", with attractive prices, as Pétrus on 2004 at 500 euro, Lafite on 2001 at 520 euro, or Brane Cantenac at 85 euro. It is to say that in card (menu), it is indeed the trump card

The group Duclot, while a big trader of Bordeaux, who so wished to go towards the final consumer, through Grand Crus, a recognized specialist of which he is. His subsidiary La VINICOLE, dedicated to the sale of these wines in restoration.

Any information on the site to