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Champagne: the sublime camouflages of Lui Bolin for Ruinart

Source: Maison Ruinart Champagne house Ruinart has collaborated with Chinese artist Liu Bolin for the 2018 instalment of its yearly art project and has unveiled a new collection of limited edition coffrets (wooden Champagne boxes) for their flagship Blanc de Blancs cuvée. To compliment the project, a series of photographic works were also released that centre around the camouflage of the artist. Take a closer look at these vines and you’ll see Chinese artist Liu Bolin and Ruinart’s cellar master Frédéric Panaïotis emerge out of the foliage. Founded in 1729, Ruinart is the…

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New record: €8,512 for a Jean-Louis Chave Cathelin Hermitage

This cult Hermitage domain continues to impress. The iDealwine auction on the 28th February saw a bottle of its almost unobtainable cuvée go for €8,512 to a Polish wine lover, an iDealwine record. Although the Chave dynasty goes back to the end of the 15th century, their current notoriety is somewhat more recent. On the 28th February, a bottle of the 2003 Cuvée Cathelin from Jean-Louis Chave sold for €8,512 at the iDealwine auction and put this domain squarely in the headlines. Wines from this domain have had a favourable reputation ever since…

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Auction Report: wines from Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier continue to soar

The trend may not be recent but it is certainly intensifying. Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier has magnificent plots in Musigny, Chambolle- Musigny Les Amoureuses and Bonnes-Mares, not to mention their monopoly in Nuits-Saint-Georges, Clos de la Maréchale. The latest auctions at iDealwine confirm a surge in the price of bottles from this domain. Founded in 1863 by Fédéric Mugnier, a liqueur manufacturer from Dijon, this Chambolle-Musigny domain initially spanned around 20 hectares in the heart of the Chambolle and Nuits-Saints-Georges appellations. At the time, the wines were sold under the label Château de Chambolle-Musigny…

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An introduction to iDealwine

The iDealwine team We've come a long way since we first started 18 years ago and, with exciting projects in the pipeline, it's onwards and upwards for iDealwine! We thought we'd take a moment to remind seasoned and new iDealwiners alike of all the great services available for those who are a part of our wine loving community. Read on for a breakdown… Who we are First things first, who are we you might ask? iDealwine was founded in Paris in 2000 by Cyrille Jomand, Angélique de Lencquesaing and Lionel Cuenca, three wine enthusiasts…

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Champagne: all change at Pol Roger

The current cellar master at renowned Champagne house Pol Roger, Dominique Petit, will retire next month, his shoes being filled by former director of the Goutte d’Or cooperative, Damien Cambres. Dominique Petit’s roots are in Champagne and his father, grandfather and great grandfather were all winemakers. It’s little surprise therefore that Petit became such a talented cellar master. Since his birth in 1954, Petit has lived in the little village of Verzy in the Reims Mountain. Receiving his oenology degree at the age of 23, he then started working at Maison Krug, where…

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Les Vignes de Paradis, a Savoie domain that goes against the grain

Dominique Lucas has a 7.5 hectares plot in Haute-Savoie. In an effort to keep his freedom, he has ventured into biodynamics and rid himself of the constraints that come with making appellation wine. We were itching to know more about why this Burgundian decided to call Savoie his home… The domain is a stone’s throw from Thonon-les-Bains, south of Lac Léman near the Swiss border. The vines are situated in three appellations: Crépy, Marignan and Marin. Dominique Lucas made the decision to downgrade to the ‘IGP’ (Indication géographique protégée) ‘Vin des Allobroges’, a…

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Number crunching: 15 facts and figures about the wine industry

We’ve compiled a list of 15 intriguing facts and figures to do with the wonderful world of wine: Wine production and consumption By 2021 the world will be consuming 224.5 billion dollars’ worth of wine each year, an unprecedented amount!1 The USA was the largest consumer of wine by volume in 20173 Italy will be the biggest producer in 20184 France was the 2nd biggest producer and consumer of wine (in hectolitres) in 20162 and 4 China will become the 2nd largest consumer in volume by 20202 The premiumisation of wine by 20211…

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3 Must Haves to kick start your cellar

Looking for the perfect trio to kick start your cellar? We’ve selected three classic and cellar worthy bottles for you from our Must Haves selection. Clos Puy Arnaud, Côtes de Castillon, Bordeaux A rising star from Bordeaux and one of the iDealwine’s team’s favourite finds in recent years. Thierry Valette comes from a family of globe trotting winemakers. In 2000, he decided to quit his occupation as an artist to go back to his roots, taking over 12 hectares in the little known Côtes de Castillon appellation that looks out over the Dordogne…

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