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Christmas 2013What a year it has been – ups and downs in the wine market, new trends discovered, new wines tasted and some pretty sublime bottles opened at our offices across the globe. It was also the year we became the first fully global fine wine merchant with the addition of our Los Angeles office, launched our first own-brand Bordeaux, and smashed through £12m in Champagne sales (almost double the total for 2012), not to mention holding more high quality tastings and dinners than ever before.
We are looking forward to an exciting year in 2014, a year which holds many exciting developments. With this, we wish you all the very best for a peaceful and pleasurable Christmas and New Year.
Autumn 2013It’s been a busy social whirl for BI over the past couple of months… you’d be forgiven for thinking the only person doing real work is our MD’s son who has been out in Burgundy working at a couple of our favourite domains. Of course this isn’t true – although from Hong Kong to LA to Ramsgate (really) we’ve been lucky enough to taste some incredible bottles – all in the name of professional research of course! And it’s not only been about wine: we bring you two instalments of our quest to find the ultimate gins.
However, along with all about the dinners and tastings, we’ve been grafting away finding new treats for you: new releases like the stunning 2010s from Tuscany, two incredible historic champagne collections (Krug and DP) and a remarkable 100-point 1946 PX sherry have all been hugely well received, not to mention the surge in interest of top-end wines from New Zealand, Australia and California. With this is mind, we’re very excited about our SOLD OUT New World tasting on Wednesday 9th October and with more tastings and dinners to come we’re sure this will be an Autumn to remember... watch this space, and we hope you enjoy the read!
Summer 2013Welcome to the Summer 2013 edition of our newsletter; and what a summer it’s been! The UK is hotter than most of our favourite holiday destinations, and for extended periods of time to boot.
In addition, we’ve had sporting success all over - from Andy Murray’s legendary Wimbledon triumph, to taking a 2-0 lead in the Ashes and Chris Froome and the UK-based Team Sky gaining back-to-back Tour de France victories. Plenty of reasons to celebrate!
We’ve been doing just that all around the world, from Hong Kong to the Napa Valley, from Champagne to Greece – plus a good deal of enjoyment had back here in old Blighty. So break out the bubbly (and the sun cream) and enjoy the rest of the summer.
En Primeur 2013What a month it’s been. Aside from the madness of Bordeaux 2012 (more on that later) the big announcement is that after many months in the planning, we have finally opened our first BI USA office. Based in Los Angeles and the brainchild of long-term BI colleagues Jon Roach and Joe Marchant, this is an exciting development for BI, as it makes us a fully 24-hour, fully global fine wine merchant. Bordeaux might be less glamorous than LA – or more, if you visit Ducru Beaucaillou – but there’s no doubt that they’ve battled back from the brink to make some fabulous wines in 2012. There are some beauties on the Left Bank but the Right is arguably where the real action is: see our full Bordeaux 2012 report for more details. On the other side of the world our man in HK has been living it up at one of the world’s great Burgundy dinners and back here in London we had the small matter of our 2003 ‘Bordeaux 10 Years On’ tasting.
February 2013We've brought the New Year in with a bang. The market looks pretty positive so far: our phones have been ringing off the hook, parcels are selling briskly, and we’re being offered more and more juicy bits of stock to send your way.
In particular, we’ve seen great interest in the elegant Burgundies of 2011, and as 2010 clarets have been collecting exceptional in-bottle scores it looks as if the Bordeaux market might be primed for a kick-start. So far, we’ve travelled to Beaune to visit Domaine Louis Jadot, Istanbul for the launch of Dom Perignon Rosé 2002 and Southwold for the much-anticipated re-tasting of the 2009 Bordeaux vintage. We even had the pleasure of The Wine Advocate’s Neal Martin dropping in to discuss his magnificent new tome, ‘Pomerol’.Along the way we've been lucky enough to drink some pretty fabulous bottles so, if only for vicarious pleasure it’s worth checking out Guy Ruston’s ‘Bucket List’ of his best wines of 2012. To top it off, the wine of the year so far (yes, we know it’s only February) has got to be a bottle of 1923 Jadot Musigny enjoyed by MD Gary Boom and Head of UK and European Sales David Thomas in the company of Jacques Lardiere.
Enjoy the Year of the Snake.