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The case of the Bordeaux wine millionaire robberies

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A total of 15 people have been charged in the Bordeaux court for the theft of thousands of bottles of wine from this appellation. In total, has been specified that they stole from 18 different wine cellars, facts which the ringleaders began to commit in 2013.

Many bottles were stolen and therefore thousands of Euros lost. In February 2014, after ulterior robberies of similar consequences, the leaders were arrested during the so-called “Operation Cassevin”.

Luckily, they were able to recover hundreds of bottles of the wine cellars in this region. Last week, a French court found guilty the 15 men involved in these thefts, with significant penalties. Specifically, the attackers were William Allard, 53, and his nephew Yoann Gautrau, 27, who were those who took the worst verdict, with a total of four years in prison.

They were accused of stealing and also selling the wine through an organized network. Apparently, Yoann Gautrau, resident in Cantenac, was the ringleader of the network of 15 men, although Gautrau’s lawyer argued that the young man was influenced by his slightly older partners, who wanted to get hold of wines of great importance. In fact, at the trial, a large part of the accused said to share some “fascination about the world of luxury wines, something that was beyond their control”.

One of the robberies they did was in Château Haut-Bailly, with 468 bottles under their belt, while later they went to Château Palmer. Before each robbery, they sprayed the road with chlorine to destroy any DNA trace. And then they burned each of the cars used in their escape. Finally, it is known that the two men stole 3,771 bottles of Bordeaux wine.

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Château Phélan Ségur 2008:  a red wine of the Saint-Estèphe DO made with merlot and cabernet sauvignon of 2008 and with an alcohol proof of 13.00º. 

 

 

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Château Mouton Rothschild 1998: a red wine from Pauillac vinified with petit verdot and merlot from 1998 and 12.5º of alcohol strength. 

 

 

Why Bordeaux Primeurs aren’t appealing for collectors any longer?

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The sale of wine “en primeur” is something that first class wineries have done in Bordeaux, as well as in Rhone, Burgundy and Port, among others, as a way of funding themselves and provide the consumer with quality wine at attractive prices.

This practice, which also has spread to other wine regions in recent years, consists of selling a vintage while still in barrel, offering to the customers an investment prior to bottling, being made the payment even a year and a half before the official sale.

Thus, they generate a futures exchange market similar to the stock exchange, since wines offered this way are, in theory, likely to rise their prices, as happens with other products or financial securities.

However, this practice, according to an interview to the critic Robert Parker with the specialized website The Drinks Business, is in decline, at least as regards the Bordeaux region, and this, according to the famous wine guru, “because Bordeaux has destroyed its futures market by overvaluing poor vintages”.

Parker has just announced his decision to stop scoring Bordeaux wines “en primeur” and justifies this decision also ensuring that the region should take responsibility for its wrong price policy, which has caused this way of buying wine to be no longer competitive and interesting for consumers.

When the marketing of wines “en primeur” started, the Bordeaux wineries offered prices that justified the fact of receiving the wines a year or two later, but after a few years, says Parker, “then they started raising the prices, so you’d just paying about the same or even more in some cases, as when the bottled wines came out”.

Thus, Parker says that “Bordeaux has destroyed its own ‘en primeur’ wine market; has lost market share in consumer and in restaurants, and the interest in buying Bordeaux this would only be revived if prices dropped by 20-30%”.

 

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Château Gloria 2009 is a red wine from Saint-Julien made with gloria of 2009. 

 

 

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Château Rauzan-Ségla 2003 is a red wine from Margaux based on the top of cabernet Franc and petit Verdot from 2003 vintage and with an alcoholic strength of 12.00º.

 

How prestigious wine regions achieved success?

 TAGS:A few days ago I was reading a great article in the journal La revue de vin de France. Recommended to anyone who wants to understand how they formed the great world wine regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Tuscany, etc … Wines that today are recognized worldwide and whose market prices sometimes reach thousands of euros.

Interestingly, the prestige and recognition of these large regions have been achieved for historical, economic, social … and political reasons. Yes, the political influences in creating great wine regions. It is a clear demonstration that even if the terroir is still a key element, it may not be the biggest influencer when it comes to create a prestigious wine region. And this is a clear demonstration of the opportunity for small regions, which can too take that step forward and achieve in the future a great acknowledgment (as Priorat reached in a few years).

The long report shows how the feudal, church (yes, yes, it also influenced), and social powers slowly created the recognition of these regions, becoming a relevant sector and actor in trade and upper class consuming. It was precisely these large sections of society which ?promoted? these regions, a promotion that has been done to the detriment of many others small ones which disappeared over the years. And not because they were not able to create great wines, but because they did not receive the key support the deserved.

There is so many people who influenced the history of wine, from the Romans in France who developed the wine culture in the Rhone Valley or along the Seine, or the Greeks in Italy, or the Corton Charlemagne (yielding their vines to the Church), or the emperors of the Austrian -Hungarian kingdom, etc … A curious history, and yet much more contemporary is the story of the Petrus. Petrus has been considered as the best wine of the twentieth century. 

Petrus

And its success (the only grand cru Bordeaux not named Châteaux or Domaine, by the way), is due to a great marketing coup. Before World War II, it was a small and relatively unknown producer of the appellation of Pomerol (unknown it too) but it appears that Marie -Louise Loubat started buying vineyards in the area. And she purchased the Petrus to the Arnaud family, because she considered it as a wine of great future but still unknown to almost everyone. While trying to promote it, she can?t manage to exceeds the prestige of her neighbors? wines of Saint – Émilion. Until she decided to send a box of his wine Petrus to the young Princess Elizabeth of England (and later Queen), symbolizing modernity at that time. Luckily, the princess chose the Petrus for her wedding on November the 20th, 1947 and since that time, the Petrus is considered as the great politicians wine, like the Kennedy family who considered it as its favorite wine, or the movie stars Marilyn Monroe who worshiped it. This is how the Petrus legend was made.

Interesting, uhm?

This shows that in addition to the terroir, in wine there are other elements that influence, and a lot, in recognition. Because wine are stories, traditions, chances … That?s the beauty of the wine world, don?t you think?

Today we suggest you 2 special wines

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Sol de Málaga, a great sweet wine from Malaga

 

 

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Luis Cañas Crianza 2009, 92 Parker points at a great price

Saint-Julien, art in Bordeaux

 TAGS:Art in Bordeaux, this is what the wines of Saint-Julien are: interesting and different, unique pieces that proves us that no part of the preparation process has been taken lightly. Everything has a meaning, and, as with art, not always well understood. It is sometimes misinterpreted, but it often drives crazy with its greatness.

But let’s leave the abstract side of Saint-Julien to focus on practical data:  this region is located in the heart of the Medoc region, 900 hectares spread over 26 vineyards, which produce more than 6 million bottles a year.

Being situated between Margaux and Pauillac, comparisons with wines from these two terroirs are inevitable; although Saint-Julien always comes out unscathed … you don?t gather so many ?Grand Crus? per square kilometer for nothing…

The first notes of its fragrance give us information about its origins, Bordeaux. It has elegance and gradually overwhelms us. The wine is not exactly smooth, has character and is therefore perfect with hearty dishes like beef stew or roast, Spanish food specialties, like many of its ?tapas?.

I have not ever tried with fish, but I plan to investigate whether this combines with cod and halibut. Above all, I love to think how good can be a glass of Sant Julien accompanying a plate of Riojano Cod (peppers, garlic, onion, tomato, a speck of spice and of course, generous Olive oil). Occasionally you must treat yourself well.

In the region of Saint-Julien grape varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are common. We can also find Saint-Julien wine made from Malbec and Petit Verdot, it would not be our choice if we are looking for a classic, but which is nevertheless a good choice and proof that French wine is not as squared as it looks.

I recommend Château Lagrange 2005 or Chateau Saint Pierre 2000, which are also two of the best vintages in the region. A little cheaper, but also delicious, Connetable de talbot 2006 or Les fiefs de lagrange 2008.

Any other recommendations? Of course. In Saint-Julien there is so many wines for you to choose:

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Château Talbot 2006

 

 

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Château Gloria 2005

Saint-julien, art in Bordeaux

 TAGS:Art in Bordeaux, so are the wines of Saint-Julien: interesting and different, unique pieces which show while getting uncorked that there is no part of their elaboration process that has been taken lightly. Everything has a meaning and, like art, it is not always fully understood, in fact it is sometimes misunderstood, but some others it can make crazy to whoever taste it for the first time.

But let’s leave the abstract side of Saint Julien for a while to focus on more practical and worldlier data. This region is located in the heart of the Medoc region, comprising 900 hectares which are distributed in twenty-six vineyards. Those vines produce more than six million bottles a year. That is something.

Being situated between Margaux and Pauillac, the comparisons with wines from these two terroirs are inevitable, but Saint-Julien always succeeds … the very large number of Grand Crus per square kilometer in this area is not a coincidence.

We discover where in France it comes from upon the first notes of its fragrance arrival. It is a Bordeaux. It shows its gradual elegance while its warmth overwhelms us. However, it is not a very smooth wine, it has character and that is the reason why it is perfect with strong dishes like stewed or roasted meat, game and Spanish food specialties, like most of their tapas.

I have not ever tasted it with fish yet, although I have planned to investigate how good could it combine with cod and halibut. Above all, it makes my mouth water to think how perfect will be a glass of Saint Julien to accompany a plate of cod Rioja style (peppers, garlic, onions, tomatoes, a pinch of spicy and, of course, generous olive oil). You have to take great pleasure in pairing.

The most common grape varieties in Saint Julien French region are Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Although it is the latter the one that gives these wines that quality of its superb aging. That?s another reason to invest in at least one bottle for our own private cellar. Hell yeah!

We can also find Saint Julien wine made from Malbec and Petit Verdot grapes. It would not be our choice if we are looking for a classic, but nevertheless it is a good option which proves that French wine is not as rigid as it looks like sometimes.

I recommend Chateau Lagrange 2005 or Chateau Saint Pierre 2000, which are also two of the best vintages of the region. A bit cheaper, but also delicious, we find Connétable de Talbot 2006 or Les Fiefs of Lagrange 2008.

Any other? Of course, you can have whatever you want in Pauillac:

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A classic cellar with modern wines

 

 

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Château Lalande-Borie, another of the “musts” from Pauillac