Bordeaux 2014 by Vins Sélection

Bordeaux 2014 by Vins Sélection

2014, a great vintage miraculously saved The story of the 2014 vintage started in an atmosphere of worry and concern. We were expecting the worst but a miracle  took place: an incredible Indian summer which gave light to a certain optimism in the place of  more somber predictions. Indeed, September proved to be a source of joy for the vignerons of the region with its perfect warn and breezy weather. A great vintage? To be honest, it is too soon to make such claims but we can say that it already displays certain…Read more
Robert Parker, the most significant phenomenon in the fine wine trade for the past 50 years

Robert Parker, the most significant phenomenon in the fine wine trade for the past 50 years

By Christopher Cannan My relationship with Robert Parker dates back to 1981 when I received a phone call requesting we organize a visit to Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe in Châteauneuf-du-Pape for Mr. Parker, a lawyer and author of a little known local wine newsletter near Baltimore in the U.S.A. Little more was heard about Bob Parker until early 1983 when he claimed the 1982 vintage in Bordeaux was the vintage of the century and must not be missed by any serious collector and lover of Bordeaux wines. Robert  Finigan, the most influential wine…Read more
The fascination and frustration of Bordeaux

The fascination and frustration of Bordeaux

By Andrew Black Back in the late 1970s, looking for my first job, I sent a letter to several prominent London wine merchants, saying that I had a passion for wine. Could they help? One of them, Laurence Hayward, responded with a short but encouraging message. “Anyone with a passion for wine”, he said, “deserves an interview”.  And so my career in wine began, but not quite in the way I imagined after receiving that letter. My interview was short and Mr Hayward was to the point. “If you want to understand wine…Read more
Wines treasured under the sea

Wines treasured under the sea

By Antonio Palacios 1-. The state of the art of underwater treasure: The ageing of beverages submerged in the sea has its origins in different bottled beverages (wine, champagne, distilled liquors...) found decades and even centuries ago in the cellars of sunken shipwrecks and that after having been sampled, were found to still have acceptable sensory characteristics even after such long periods of time. One example of the above is represented by the periodical auctions of bottles found in shipwrecks, such as the one that took place recently, (September 2011) in Singapore, in…Read more