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No clearance sale at Liber Pater

22/07/2019

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....

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Where are the organic vines in the world?

01/03/2019

In the World, 3 countries alone represent nearly 3/4 of the organic (or in conversion) vines:

- 120,000 ha in Spain
- 100,000 ha in Italy
-   80,000 ha in France
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- 120,000 ha for the rest of the world, all continents combined.

Host of stars

01/02/2019

Since their appearance during the bottling process, the tastings and rankings of the 2016 Bordeaux wines have been progressing well. As expected, the reviews' notes and comments are formidable, confirming - and even exceeding - the promises announced in future.

Revue du Vin de France kicked off last September with a partial tasting of « Vintage 2016 - Let them age, they will become legendary » with three wines rated 20/20: Lafite-Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild and Pontet-Canet.

On the vinous.com website, Antonio Galloni put his complete tasting of all the 2016 red and white Bordeaux wines online in January, i.e. more than 600 wines. He does not hide his enthusiasm « The bottled 2016s capture every bit of the potential I sensed when I started tasting the wines from barrel, prior to en primeur, in January 2017. I found many 2016s to be even better from bottle than they were during the spring futures campaign. The best 2016s are powerful, richly layered, vibrant and stunningly beautiful, not to mention incredibly delicious and alluring. For so many wines and estates, 2016 is an epic vintage ».

We do not have enough space to quote in full the 76 wines that have obtained a score equal to or higher than 95/100 but here are the scores of those that we are proposing now :

- 100/100 : Haut-Brion red, Pichon-Comtesse de Lalande
-   99/100 : Pontet-Canet
-   98/100 : Cheval-Blanc, Angélus, L'Église-Clinet, Smith-Haut-Lafitte red
-   97/100 : Haut-Bailly, La Mission Haut-Brion red, Clos Fourtet, Domaine de Chevalier red, La Mondotte, Léoville-Poyferré, Suduiraut
-   96/100 : Canon-La Gaffelière, Gloria, L'Évangile, Lynch-Bages, Léoville-Barton, Pape-Clément red, Pichon-Baron, Prieuré-Lichine, Troplong-Mondot
-   95/100 : Cos d'Estournel, Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Petit-Gravet Aîné, Rieussec

Still on vinous.com, Neal Martin posted the following week his own tasting of the 2016 Bordeaux wines after the bet, more than 550 wines, with a commentary in unison « Let’s cut to the chase: 2016 is a fantastic, sublime and at times entrancing vintage. For once, the frothing hype that presaged en primeur was justified. The 2016 vintage already feels haloed. The promise that was so palpable in barrel remains ».

Among the 53 vintages he notes 95/100 and more, you will find in our columns:

- 100/100 : Cos d'Estournel
-   99/100 : Haut-Brion red, La Mission Haut-Brion red
-   98/100 : Cheval-Blanc, L'Église-Clinet
-   97/100 : Canon, Haut-Bailly, Lynch-Bages, Pichon-Comtesse de Lalande, Smith-Haut-Lafitte red
-   96/100 : Angélus, Clos Fourtet, Léoville-Poyferré, Pape-Clément red, Pichon-Baron, Pontet-Canet
-   95/100 : Domaine de Chevalier red, Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Léoville-Barton, Malartic-Lagravière red