Date: May 2019

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Visiting Bordeaux | Travel Tips

May 31st 2019

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There are a whole host of good reasons to visit Bordeaux – fabulous architecture, half the city’s grand buildings are UNESCO listed; the world’s largest reflecting water mirror at the Place de la Bourse; the spectacular Cité de Vin museum; a seemingly infinite choice of restaurants, from the staunchly traditional to the uber-experimental; a burgeoning art scene, from myriad small galleries to the fabulous Museum of Decorative Arts & Design; excellent shopping, from high fashion to famous fleamarkets; stunning St Emilion – to name a few. But for us, of course, it is all about the wine.

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Bordeaux Market Report

May 30th 2019

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The first half of the year has seen the Bordeaux market remain a relative haven of calm. This despite some testing conditions in the global economy and the softening of top end wine prices in other regions. With the 2018 En Primeur campaign now well underway and attention firmly fixed on Bordeaux, we look at the current situation and where the opportunities may lie.

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An introduction to opening wine

May 27th 2019

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The latest edition in our “An Introduction” series might not seem as interesting as decanting and glasses at first glance, but you would be surprised just how often we get asked about corkscrews. So many kitchens only boast a blunt, thick, winged corkscrew, or an ineffective, over-designed novelty corkscrew. In this, as in so many areas of life, simplicity really is the answer…

Review of the year

May 24th 2019

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As our financial year ends in March it is always interesting to look back and see how we have performed against expectations and analyse our sales to pick out any unexpected trends or developments over the previous 12 months. In summary 2018-2019 was a year with weaker Bordeaux En Primeur sales, growing Burgundy sales, increased broking and strong sales growth in Champagne (80%), American (74%) and Italian (22%) wines.

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