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Ferrari or First Growth 2005?

Posted: July 5, 2006  By James Suckling

Visited the Ferrari factory in Maranello for July 4th with a couple of friends who were picking up their F430 convertibles and then driving to Le Mans for the 24-hour race – lucky guys! During a lunch at the factory, I was shocked to hear that they wouldn’t be buying any 2005 Bordeaux futures.

Jun 30, 2006 Issue  :  Columns

This Issue: Bordeaux 2005

Posted: June 30, 2006  By Marvin R. Shanken, Thomas Matthews

Jun 30, 2006 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Bordeaux's Beautiful Baby

Exclusive tastings of more than 600 wines make it clear—the 2005 vintage is a classic

Posted: June 30, 2006  By James Suckling

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One of the Last, But Not Less

Posted: June 29, 2006  By James Suckling

Today Château Le Pin – Pomerol’s ultra-collectible, tiny-production, pure Merlot – released a few thousand bottles worth of 2005 futures on the Bordeaux market at 450 euros from its cellar, and the wine was bought up in minutes.

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Time Will Tell

Posted: June 28, 2006  By James Suckling

There is apparently a limit for prices for 2005 futures in Bordeaux. Yquem closed its 2005 en primeur sales this afternoon at 3 p.m. in Europe following a less-than-enthusiastic response from the marketplace, according to sources in Bordeaux.

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A New Reality, Or Do We Drink Pepsi?

Posted: June 27, 2006  By James Suckling

“Yes, it is crazy,” I said to a source in Bordeaux when I heard that the insanity continued today there with Cheval-Blanc and Yquem offered to the trade at 400 euros a bottle. That means the wines are going to be offered to the U.

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Star Blinding Prices....

Posted: June 26, 2006  By James Suckling

Call it a shooting star, or whatever. But Ausone, the tiny superstar from St.-Emilion, came out today to the Bordeaux trade for 500 euros a bottle, and, yes…believe it or not, the wine trade couldn’t get enough of it.

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The Stars are the Limit

Posted: June 23, 2006  By James Suckling

Today Latour and Margaux (two potential 100-pointers in my mind) put their 2005 futures on the market for 350 euros ex-chateau to the Bordeaux wine trade. They were quickly trading at 410 to 420 euros to clients around the world.

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The New French Surrealism

Posted: June 22, 2006  By James Suckling

I am speechless. Lafite and Mouton released their 2005 futures to the Bordeaux wine trade in the last 24 hours for 300 euros a bottle, and the global wine trade can’t get enough. In fact, I have been told that many are reordering! This means that Lafite and Mouton 2005 will be about $650 a bottle to American consumers – or more.

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Latour for Dummies

Posted: June 21, 2006  By James Suckling

Had some friends over for dinner; a number were Tuscan winemakers, along with the head of Cuban cigar imports in Italy. The latter is a very keen wine drinker. In fact, he used to write about wine for a number of Italian wine publications years ago.

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Silence is Golden?

Posted: June 20, 2006  By James Suckling

Why won’t the first growths release their prices? The whole world is waiting. We all know it’s going to be expensive. So just get it over with…. I would guess that they are going to be between 220 and 240 euros a bottle from the châteaus to the Bordeaux wine trade, and American consumers are not going to see much change from a $500 bill.

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Big Guns Not Heard

Posted: June 16, 2006  By James Suckling

All was quiet on the Western Front. (At least at 5 pm today in mainland Europe.) No more big names were released on the market from Bordeaux. Everyone is still waiting for the rest of the first growths – Latour, Margaux, Lafite and Mouton – to come out with their prices.

News & Features  :  News

Margaux Threatened by Bulldozers

Château owners protest plans to build a highway bypass through the Left Bank

Posted: June 16, 2006  By Mitch Frank

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What Wine, What Price?

Posted: June 15, 2006  By James Suckling

Most people agree that two reasons exist to buy Bordeaux futures. The first reason is to save money. Basically, the future should cost less than when the wine is finally sold in bottle. The second reason is to secure early the specific wine that you want, which can be important for limited-production or super-popular wines.

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Who's Playing at What with Haut-Brion 2005?

Posted: June 14, 2006  By James Suckling

I wrote yesterday that wine merchants were sending in their bids to negociants in Bordeaux for the second release of Haut-Brion. But they are wasting their time, or playing games with you, me and everybody else interested in Bordeaux.

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Holding the Bag of 2005 Bordeaux

Posted: June 14, 2006  By James Suckling

One of the big problems with 2005 futures could be the following as pointed out in a comment in my blog by Karl Mark of Geneva, Illinois: "I seem to think that the US retailers will be the ones who take a hit on the 2005 Bordeaux.

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2005 Bordeaux Jitters

Posted: June 13, 2006  By James Suckling

Just spoke to a couple of Bordeaux traders and they said that they were not sure how to price their 2005 Haut-Brion. Apparently the chateau only released a small quantity of the 2005 on the market yesterday, and the lion’s share is going to be sold in a new bid system, whereby merchants send their bids to negociants.

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A Fat and Sassy Goose

Posted: June 12, 2006  By James Suckling

The American-owned first growth Haut-Brion opened the 2005 futures market today by more than doubling its price from the year before and selling its wine for 200 Euros to the Bordeaux trade. And apparently the world can’t get enough.

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Killing the Goose

Posted: June 10, 2006  By James Suckling

Do you know the story about the goose that laid the golden egg? Well, Bordeaux appears to be killing the goose through greed. The goose, of course, is the consumer, and I just don’t think that the market will bear horrendous price increases for 2005 futures.

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Crazy Prices in Bordeaux Hit a New High

Posted: June 8, 2006  By James Suckling

It had to happen. Château Malescot-St.-Exupéry, the Margaux wine estate, released its 2005 on the market today at more than double last year’s price. It went from about $18 a bottle from the chateau for the 2004 to about $38 for the 2005.

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