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Esca the 21st Century Phylloxera that is killing France’s vines

Esca (and similar fatal wood diseases) is said to be affecting already at least 12% of France’s vineyards in the Mediterranean, the Loire and across the South West of France including Bordeaux, Armagnac and Cognac. Also found in California as Black Measles. It particularly affects the Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon grape varieties. It is … Continue reading

Bordeaux 2014 Primeur Press Update – clever properties sell out within hours due to reasonable pricing and weak euro

 Haut Brion and La Mission have just released prices this morning echoing the pattern set by Mouton, making the 2014 the lowest price since 2008. High scores will make it a hot potato! “Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion have released this morning at the ex-London price of £191.66 and £116.66 per bottle respectively. … Continue reading