French Wines

Britain’s government sells French wine to pay its drinks bill

Bottles of Chateau Miraval Cotes de Provence wine. Photo: EPA

Britain’s government is selling vintage French wine at around 5,000 pounds a bottle (HK$58,158) in a bid to make its wine cellar self-funding as part of a national austerity drive and clamp-down on extravagant expenditure.

Saturday, 2 March, 2013, 10:28am

Time to stock up on top French labels, says wine expert

Alan Brown

Wine investors may have had their fingers burnt as some of the top French wine labels have fallen by 30 per cent from their peak, but Schroders senior adviser Alan Brown believes this may just be the right time to pick up some of those labels.

A fund manager for more than 38 years, Brown is an oenophile and has a collection of 3,400 bottles, accumulated over 20 years.

17 Dec 2012 - 5:31am

Q&A: Margaux Pariente

Margaux Pariente

The ambassador for her family's Chateau Troplong Mondot, in St Emilion, Bordeaux, talks about learning to love wine, why she left the lab and the importance of sharing.

31 Aug 2012 - 5:14pm

The blend justifies the means

Vega Sicilia is undoubtedly one of Spain's most prestigious and iconic wineries, one that competes with Bordeaux estates in terms of the quality and ageing capacity of its wines. The winery is in Ribera del Duero, in north-central Spain.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:14pm

Asian grapevine

Consumption of wine in France continues to decline. From its peak at well over 100 litres per capita several generations ago, consumption now stands at less than half of that amount.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:14pm

Come fly with me

PrivateFly's Mustang aircraft takes guests on day trips from London to the Château Pichon-Longueville in the south of France.

Charter a jet for the day and head to France with a London-based private jet company that offers day trips for epicurists, writes Joanne Harker.

31 Aug 2012 - 3:55pm

Makeover puts underachiever in spotlight

Chateau Pontet-Canet in Pauillac, Bordeaux, is a fifth growth under the 1855 classification system. In the past decade, it has been receiving more critical attention from wine writers and has been touted as a chateau to look out for. Robert Parker has been awarding consistently high scores to the chateau's wines, and the 2009 blockbuster vintage was given a perfect score of 100 points.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:49pm

Cru to themselves - winemaking philosophies are not so far apart

The handwritten sign hanging over the wooden beams on the winery ceiling says: 'Wines are like women. You have to cherish them before they open up to you.' Looking at it, Edouard Labruyere shrugs with a smile. 'That's Burgundy for you.'

15 Aug 2012 - 10:49pm

Jean-Valmy Nicolas

What did growing up in a family of winemakers teach you? 'I'm very lucky - [this business] is not just about wine, it's something very cultural. It's about the way you have a good time with other people - sharing good wine and good moments. It's a philosophy of generosity.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Reds take plaudits but whites win on elegance

China is the world's seventh largest consumer of wine and is well known for its insatiable demand for fine wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy. It has also been capturing headline news for its acquisitions of wineries around the world from France to Chile and Australia.

26 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Chinese look to buy 'a slice of heaven'

Buyers from around the world are bidding to become owners of French vineyards - but the most significant new market for the sales of French chateaux in the future will be China, according to vineyard experts Maxwell-Storrie-Baynes.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Cantonese has met its match

According to a survey released last week customers at Hong Kong's top 65 restaurants can choose from an average of 270 wines, more than half of them French. Some 40 per cent of those wines will be from Burgundy and Bordeaux while five of the top 10 producers are from Champagne.

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Acquire your own taste: red, white or even two at a time

Master of wine Jeannie Cho Lee has a top five list for pairing with Cantonese food: new world pinot noir, premier cru Burgundy red, Loire valley whites, German whites and non-vintage champagne. With regards to banquets, she says because of the sequencing of dishes the best option is 'to serve two wines at a time: a red and a versatile white or sparkling wine.

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Bordeaux is back

The hammer goes down at an auction in Burgundy. Photo: AFP

The fine wine market is holding its own, writes Liana Cafolla.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

White night

Spoons: seared gnocchi and tomato concasse, spicy chicken wing and beef tartare. Photo: Jonathan Wong

A complicated menu pairing at trendy Cafe Gray Deluxe proves to be memorable, experts tell Annabel Jackson.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am