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Great wines rating in 2018


The worldwide craze for great wines continued in 2018.

Thus, the global platform for the exchange of fine wines Liv-ex (London International Vintners exchange) has just delivered, like a stock exchange, the 2018 balance sheet of its various indices:

• 35% increase for the Burgundy 150 index
• 21% increase for the California 50 index
•   8% increase for the Bordeaux Legends 50 index
•   8% increase for the Champagne 50 index
•   7% increase for the Rhône 100 index
•   4% increase for the Italy 100 index
•   3% increase for the Porto 50 index

While the Dow Jones 30 and CAC 40 stock market indices lost -6% and -11% respectively in 2018.

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The bestiary expands


The following is strictly authentic:

An honourable Chinese recent owner of several Bordeaux wines has renamed them under names that are at the very least imaginative:

- we no longer say Château Larteau (Bordeaux red) but Château Lapin Impérial (Imperial Rabbit)

- we no longer say Château Tour Saint-Pierre (Saint-Émilion) but Château Lapin d'Or (Golden Rabbit)

- we no longer say Château Clos Bel-Air (Pomerol) but Château Grande Antilope (Great Antelope)

- we no longer say Château Sénilhac (Haut-Médoc) but Château Antilope Tibétaine (Tibetan Antelope)

For the moment, a draw between the rabbits and the antelopes, but still beaten by a little sheep (Petit Mouton) and a white horse (Cheval Blanc)...

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Production 2018


With 46.5 million hectolitres of wine, the 2018 vintage established itself in France between 2015 (47.9 Mhl) and 2016 (45.5 Mhl), and significantly above 2017 (36.8 Mhl due to frost and drought).

In Bordeaux, 2018 (5.40 Mhl) is below the levels of 2015 (5.67 Mhl) and 2016 (6.71 Mhl), but well above 2017 (3.69 Mhl).

While Champagne will have broken all its records, with 3.38 Mhl in 2018 for a five-year average of 2.51 Mhl, that is +35%.

For information, the ranking of French wine regions in terms of volume produced (five-year average 2014-2018), where Bordeaux is not on the podium, is not intuitive:

- 29.0% in Languedoc-Roussillon (first region, unrivalled)
- 18.9% in Charentes (it takes at least 6 bottles of white wine for one bottle of Cognac)
- 12.2% in the South-East (Rhône Valley and Provence)
- 11.9% in Bordeaux
-  7.7% in the South-West (from Cahors to Madiran, not forgetting Armagnac)
-  5.8% in Champagne
-  5.8% in the Loire Valley
-  5.1% in Burgundy and Beaujolais
-  2.4% in Alsace
-  1.2% in the rest of France (Corsica+Savoy+Jura+...)

[from French Ministry of Agriculture]