Your local wine merchant, Ditton Wine Traders, would like to invite you to their Christmas Wine tasting in Surbiton!
Friday 29th November, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Elizabethan Room, Glenmore House, The Crescent, Surbiton KT6 4BN
Join us for the Autumnal Ditton Wine tasting!
Thursday 3rd October – 18:45 to 20:45
If you are looking for well priced, top notch Burgundy, this is worth your attention!
Domaine Janotsbos, as the few of you that attended our tasting recently will be aware, are a new-comer to the UK scene, and an exclusive to Ditton Wine Traders. Based in Meursault, wine-making team of two, Thierry Janots (part time wine-maker at Comtes Lafon) and Richard Bos have been producing exceptionally high quality wines since 2005, and we are delighted to be able to offer the exceptional 2010's.
Ronan Laborde does not look like the typical Pomerol Château owner. In fact, Ronan does not behave like the stereo-typical Chateau owner either. As one of the youngest in the business, his approaches to wine-making at Chateau Clinet – and indeed to marketing – are very refreshing.
In a complete reversal on the late and sporadic releases of last year, it looks as though the Chateaux of Bordeaux won’t even allow the trade back to their desks before releasing their prices in this year’s campaign. Early reports claim that the campaign should all be over by Vinexpo, which runs 16th to 20th June, much earlier than last year’s finish in July.
But I will anyway.
The dip in the market has been deeper (25% or so on average) and longer than most expected, but fine wine prices have stopped falling and indeed are moving up again.
Prices as measured daily by the Liv-ex 50 have been steadily increasing since December last year:
This has resulted in the Liv-ex 100 – the most widely quoted benchmark of fine wine prices – also changing direction:
So, if the conspiracy theorists out there are correct, we might not even make it to Christmas this year, with the world due to end in just a few days time…
Reflecting on this, we wondered how the wine trade would fare without its customers, should there indeed be none remaining by January.
Having endured just about the worst en primeur campaign ever seen, the Bordelais would probably notice little change. After all, there were very few buyers for the 2011’s, so a dozen fewer probably wouldn’t make a huge difference…
Discussing recently with friends the “supermarket bargains” that can be had – things such as the Cape Peak Heritage Chardonnay from Tesco, which one could pick up for a nifty £8.99 a bottle, but when on deal, you’d only have to pay another £1.01 for another 2 bottles of the stuff – it got us thinking about wines which actually do offer genuine value for money, wines which really do punch above the price tag…