... American wine lovers and French producers.
By introducing new taxes (Boeing vs Airbus complaint) for French wines imported into the USA, Donald Trump is clearly penalizing less fortunate American oenophiles.
Thus, are exempt from taxes:
- wine spirits (Cognac, Armagnac...), Champagnes and more generally all sparkling wines.
- wines with an alcoholic degree higher than 14% (?), i.e. most often the best terroirs in the greatest years. An example is the last 10 vintages of Cheval-Blanc: only 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016 and 2018 are over 14% and will escape the new tax, while 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017 will be taxed.
- bottles larger than 2 litres, i.e. large formats such as double-magnums, jeroboams, imperials, etc.
All other French still wines, white or red, up to and including 14%, in half-bottles, bottles or magnums, i.e. more common drinking wines, will be subject to the new additional tax of 25% (!) as from 18 October next.
Same cause, same effects on French producers:
Champagne producers and the most prestigious estates producing the richest wines and/or in the largest formats will continue to export to the U.S.A. without tax.
The other winegrowers, who have become non-competitive with Argentine, Australian, Chilean, Italian and other wines, will see the American market close to them.
Drinks International magazine named Pol Roger the "most admired" champagne brand in the world in 2019, following the vote of 300 international professionals.
This ranking is not only based on the quality of the wines, but also takes into account the prestige, brand's and worldwide reputation.
Here is the top of the ranking of the 30 "most admired" brands (in bold those we offer):
- 1st Pol Roger
- 2nd Krug
- 3rd Louis Roederer
- 4th Charles Heidsieck
- 5th Bollinger
- 6th Billecart-Salmon
- 7th Jacquesson
- 8th Dom Pérignon
- 9th Taittinger
- 10th Ruinart
- 18th Philipponnat
After having been the most expensive wine of the Graves and then of Bordeaux (vintage 2011 at 3000 € HT per bottle, therefore more expensive than Petrus), Liber Pater puts on sale its vintage 2015 at 30000 € HT per bottle and thus becomes the most expensive wine in the World, beating La Romanée-Conti and other Californian wines at extravagant prices.
Only 550 bottles were produced, which still represents a potential turnover of €16.5 million!
Not on sale here, sorry....