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Chinese buy wine by the vineyard…not by the bottle!

Chinese buy wine by the vineyard…not by the bottle!

With its fairytale turrets and a 15th-Century tower, Chateau Latour Laguens is surrounded by vineyards in a region steeped in European tradition. But this chateau, south-east of Bordeaux, is also at the cutting edge of Asia’s growing economic might. The staff who tend the vineyards and make the wine are still French, but this is now a Chinese-owned domain. It has been taken over by the Longhai group based in eastern China, which has...

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2009 Bordeaux, Chateau Gillet

2009 Bordeaux, Chateau Gillet

Château Gillet 2009, AOC Bordeaux (M&S, £5.99) A great year such as 2009 transforms even bog-standard claret like this into something quite palatable. Merlot-dominated with sweet, plummy fruit – slightly clunky but perfectly...

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Château Cheval Blanc

Château Cheval Blanc

Château Cheval Blanc (French for “Castle White Horse”), is a wine producer in Saint-Émilion in the Bordeaux wine region of France. Its wine is one of only two to receive the highest rank of Premier Grand Cru Classé (A) status in the Classification of Saint-Émilion wine of 1955, along with Château Ausone. The estate’s second wine is named Le Petit...

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Château Pétrus

Château Pétrus

Pétrus is a Bordeaux wine estate located in the Pomerol appellation near its eastern border to Saint-Émilion. An estate of limited size, it produces a limited production red wine almost entirely from Merlot grapes, on occasion with small amounts of Cabernet Franc, and produces no second wine. The estate belongs to the family of the Libourne wine merchant JP...

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Château La tour

Château La tour

Château Latour is a French wine estate, rated as a First Growth under the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. Latour lies at the very southeastern tip of the commune of Pauillac in the Médoc region to the north-west of Bordeaux, at its border with Saint-Julien, and only a few hundred metres from the banks of the Gironde estuary. The estate produces three red wines in all. In addition to its Grand vin, Latour has also produced...

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Château Le Pin

Château Le Pin

Château Le Pin, or simply Le Pin, is an unclassed Bordeaux wine from the appellation Pomerol. The unusually small estate is located on the Right Bank of France’s Gironde estuary in the commune of Pomerol near the hamlet of Catusseau, and its wine is periodically one of the world’s most expensive red...

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Bordeaux

Bordeaux

A Bordeaux wine is any wine produced in the Bordeaux region of France. The Bordeaux wine-producing area lies in the Aquitaine region of south-west France and remains the centre of the fine wine world.  All its vineyards lie within the département of the Gironde. This vast region of 120,000ha of vineyards (four times the size of Burgundy) is home to 10,000 wine...

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Wine ‘outperforming oil and gold’

Wine ‘outperforming oil and gold’

Wine sales are enjoying a bumper winter this year with reported turnover up 200 per cent compared to 2009. In the past year record auction prices have been set for bottles of wine. Last month £147,020 was paid for a bottle of 1869 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild at a sale in Hong Kong. Performing well has been Lafite and Mouton Rothschild 2008 which saw an increase after it was confirmed that Chinese artwork would feature on labels. Gary Boom,...

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France’s top diplomat a wine thief!

France’s top diplomat a wine thief!

France’s top diplomat in Hong Kong was suspended and recalled to Paris after allegedly stealing two expensive bottles of wine, a news report said on Wednesday. Marc Fonbaustier, 46, was recalled after he was reportedly caught on security cameras taking bottles of Bordeaux from the elite Hong Kong Country Club, the South China Morning Post reported. Beijing officials sought his removal after security video showed him slipping a...

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