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Bettane + Desseauve award iDealwine for its innovation in wine!

On Thursday 7 December, at the lavish party at the Quai d’Orsay to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Grand Tasting, iDealwine was awarded the “Grand Prize for Wine Innovation”. This distinction pays tribute to the fruits of fifteen years of work to develop and continuously enhance the online auction platform, iDealwine price database, indices iDealwineindex, and free mobile app. We are very proud to have earned this recognition! It was a memorable evening at the Quai d’Orsay as the bettane+desseauve team celebrated in lavish style the 10th anniversary of a fair which…

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November 25th Auction Report: Rousseau, Verset, Château-Grillet, Clos Rougeard and Selosse rising

The latest online iDealwine auction, which closed on 25 November, featured an increase in the number of foreign bidders hailing from over 30 countries. They purchased 50% of the available lots – clear proof of the popularity of our vintages on the export market! These include Domaine Armand Rousseau, in Burgundy, where prices have risen again – and it is not alone. We take a closer look. One auction follows hard on the heels of another on iDealwine, and the end-of-year period is particularly fruitful both in terms of the diversity of wines…

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Changes of ownership at Châteaux de Rayne-Vigneau and La Tour de Mons

  CA Grands Crus, subsidiary of French bank Crédit Agricole and Caisses Régionales d’Aquitaine et du Languedoc, owner since 2004 of the renowned Sauternes Chateau Rayne-Vigneau in Bommes, has just sold the majority of its shares to the group Trésor du Patrimoine. In the same time, CA Grands Crus is becoming sole owner of Chateau La Tour de Mons in Margaux.   Chateau Rayne Vigneau owns 84 hectares of vineyards in one piece, near the legendary Château d'Yquem. Its sub-soil is composed of sandy gravel on clay and is planted with 74% Sémillon,…

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November 12th Auction Report: 1990 vintage, Romanée Conti, Jamet…

The proportion of foreign buyers in the latest auctions increased significantly, especially for the rarest and most expensive bottles. In the auction closed on 12th November, we could note a strong demand for the 1990 vintage as well as for special releases and collectors’ bottles.   In Bordeaux, older vintages did particularly well as this bottle of Château Latour à Pomerol 1959 that went for €1,200 to a wine lover from Hong Kong. In Sauternes, a Château d’Yquem 1958 reached €840 (+25%). Beyond the most significant price evolutions, note Château Margaux 1990, sold…

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October 28th Auction Report

Stunning auction wines reach new heights The Online Auction that closed end of October saw 2,000 lots sold, with prices ranging from €10 to more than €10,000, the latter paid for a 2002 Romanée-Conti. Buyers from more than 30 countries competed, resulting in some of these wines to cross the €1,000 threshold – in some cases for the first time. Petrus, the undisputed star of Bordeaux In Bordeaux, it is clear that Petrus is still in the lead. This famous Pomerol recorded price increases of at least 10% compared to the iDealwine estimate,…

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The WineDex® registered slight rise in October

  The iDealwine 100 index, which includes the great wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhône Valley, remained relatively stable in October (+0.18%), at least compared to the CAC 40. But since January 2015, its progression has remained significant at +9.75%, and even more so over the last 12 months (10.46%). This is due to sharp increases earlier this year, with the inclusion of the 2010 vintage. It is once again the Burgundy indices iDealwinethat leads the pack, with an increase of 0.28% during October. A progress slower than in previous months, but…

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October 14th Auction Report

Nearly 600 buyers from over 30 countries in Europe, Asia and America have set their sights on the second auction of the month on iDealwine, closed on the 14th October 2015 Mature wines have been particularly demanded.   In Bordeaux Petrus again lead the way with the 1988 to €1,480 an increase by 28% from its previous estimate. The mature wines of Château Margaux also demonstrated a strong demand: +49% for the 1990 vintage (€780), +20% for the 1982 (€672), the 2000 remaining stable at €720 and the 2009 starting to rise again at…

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The influence of yeast on wine aromas

A recent study conducted by four researchers from Auckland University (NZ) demonstrates the evidence that regional microbial signature impacts the aromatics of a wine. A scientific approach that confirms a common understanding of the correlation between yeasts and terroir. What is a yeast? A yeast is a microscopic fungus consisting of single cells that enable wine to ferment. Yeasts are commonly used in bakery and have the function of “lifting” the bread. Saccharomyce cerevisiae is the name given to the yeast responsible for the alcoholic fermentation in grape juice. What is the role…

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Organic wines gaining popularity in Europe

Ipsos and Sudvinbio1 conducted in July 2015 a study on European consumption and organic wines and have just released encouraging results and findings for this part of the wine industry. As part of a better public sensitivity for the environment and traceability, organic wines appear to offer an increasingly interesting option. Less than two months before the COP 212, this study on European consumption of organic wines3 is so timely. The results are very positive since the consumption of organic wines appears to consumers primarily as a response to environmental problems. The Swedish, champions in…

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September Auction Report

The Online Auction that closed on 30 September saw buyers from around the world battle to get their hands on certain bottles. Prices soared with several rare bottles, especially Montrachet of Comtes Lafon, Cornas of Noël Verset and Arbois of Overnoy.   Mature Bordeaux staring This Online Auction comprised a significant proportion of Bordeaux grands crus, although this tendency seems to decline over time, with buyers broadening the spectrum of their purchases. These wines represented 40% of the lots sold at this Online Auction. Château Mouton Rothschild confirmed its position as a star…

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