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Champagne & sparkling: still highly seasonal wines!

VinoVision Paris – an international trade show for wines from northern France – has published a fascinating analysis which overturns the received wisdom on the consumption of sparkling wines in France... and makes sobering reading for all the champagne lovers here at iDealwine. In the run-up to its 2nd edition, which is to be held from 12-14 February 2018, VInovision Paris has released a number of interesting statistics on sparkling wine consumption, generated by a study conducted by the Kantar Worldpanel institute. Lovers of champagne or other effervescent wines may find this next…

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Obituary: Robert Wilmers from Haut-Bailly

The proprietor of Château Haut-Bailly, a classified cru vineyard in Graves, died at his home in New York on Saturday, 16th December. The world of wine has paid tribute to this businessman who was CEO of the American M&T Bank Corporation and also a great lover of wine and art and supporter of many French and American cultural institutions. An entrepreneur, Mr Wilmers was both a financier and a wine connoisseur. He was Chief Executive of the American M&T Bank Corporation and acquired Château Haut-Bailly in 1998 and Château Le Pape in 2012.…

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iDealwine’s Tour in Asia

iDealwine has put a strong emphasis in the past few years on developing the Asian market and this strategy is proving very successful. The mature market of Hong Kong, where we opened a representative office in 2013, has been clearly leading the way, followed by mainland China, Japan, Singapore and more recently South Korea. Arthur de Lencquesaing and Alix Rodarie, from iDealwine’s international team recently travelled around the region for a series of meetings, wine fairs, tastings and masterclasses. Debrief! Overall perspective China's economic growth during first half of 2017, was nearly 7%,…

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Bichot: when Burgundy comes to London

Monday 27th November, in the iconic wine member’s club 67 Pall Mall in London, the spotlight is on the Albert Bichot house. Arthur de Lencquesaing and Léa Fallourd, from the international team based in London, experienced a preview tasting of the 2016 vintage. A unique opportunity to taste and compare their great diversity of wines spread across all Burgundy. 2016 is a vintage which you can acquire with much confidence. When talking with Albéric Bichot, we understand that this vintage is characterized by fully matured grapes, although 2016 was not a relaxing year…

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Romanée-Conti 2000: new auction record on iDealwine at €17,146

During the online auction that ended online on 15th November 2017 on iDealwine, a bottle of Romanée-Conti 2000 was auctioned €17,146 to a French amateur. This iconic bottle from La Romanée-Conti is setting the new record for the most expensive wine sold on iDealwine since its foundation! The new most expensive wine in the history of iDealwine auctions since its creation in 2000 is, without much surprise, Grand Cru Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2000. For once, a French amateur purchased this wonderful bottle that is undeniably at the top of fine wines, with…

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Cornas: soaring auctions at the last moment

Cornas appellation has once again been in the spotlight in recent days, with a 1988 vintage from Marcel Judge reaching €572 during the auction of 15th November on iDealwine. Let's focus on the signatures that are currently making the buzz. The Rhône is definitely a region to follow closely. To the North, the appellations Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie offer immense red wines with long ageing potentials, but also treasures in the production areas surrounding them. This is why Cornas continues to see its prices climb. This appellation, which has been booming since the beginning…

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Wine Symposium at the Lake Como and a vertical tasting of Armand Rousseau, time stopped for a moment

Spend time on the shores of Lake Como, taste incredible wines, meet great wine figures, passionate connoisseurs and talented tasters, equally humble and smart... the story of 3 days suspended at the Villa d'Este between conferences, tastings and haute cuisine. The world of fine wines is fascinating because it is sometimes associated to the elegance of great moments in life. The Villa d'Este offers an incomparable setting, and welcomes each year since 2008 what insiders call the VDEWS (for Villa d'Este Wine Symposium). An almost intimidating name, heralding a high level programme concocted…

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Grand Tasting 2017: come and meet us!

iDealwine has been a longstanding partner of Bettane+Desseauve, and of the Grand Tasting, the leading wine event they organise. This year, it will take place on the 1st and 2nd of December, in the Carrousel du Louvre, in Paris. We will have several occasions of meeting our customers during this exceptional wine fair that connoisseurs know as unmissable! A few indications on this event and the masterclasses available, for you to get ready! 11 years ago, Bettane+Desseauve created this fair, which gathers the most renowned names from the French vineyard and from the…

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Hospices de Beaune: new records, a raise of €13.5 million

On Sunday 19th November, the 157th charity auction of the Hospices de Beaune was held. A sale that reached the record level of €13.5 million collected, reflecting the frenzy of connoisseurs for great Burgundy wines. An enthusiasm reinforced in recent weeks by the purchase of Clos de Tart by the businessman François Pinault. Last Sunday (3rd Sunday of November), the traditional charity auction of the Hospices de Beaune was held. This hospital institution was founded in 1443 and owns 60 hectares, mostly in Premier Cru and Grand Cru, from legacies and donations. In…

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Champagne Roederer: exceptional tasting discovering the Cristal Vinothèque

The Roederer house organized a few days ago a breath taking vertical tasting of several vintages of the Cristal cuvée, in white and rosé. At the centre, the latest creation of the smart cellar master Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon: Cristal Vinothèque 1995, a wine aged for 20 years in the cellars of the house. A legendary moment, enhanced by a lunch concocted by chef Thierry Marx at the Mandarin Oriental. And with the complicity of the brilliant chef sommelier David Biraud to ensure a service of wines in perfect conditions. The opportunity to revive the…

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