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Vint Marketplace Weekly News – Edition #2

Burgundy Today: A Blend of Old World Charm and New Age Thinking

In this Drinks Business article, Michael Huband delves into the reasons why Bourgogne remains a region worthy of renewed attention, emphasizing the ongoing improvements in wine quality, the shift towards sustainable practices by a new generation of winemakers, and the exploration of less-known appellations that offer high-quality wines at reasonable prices.

He also notes the region’s successful recent vintages, which provide both quality and quantity, making them ideal for both immediate consumption and aging. Beyond wine, Bourgogne is celebrated for its rich history, picturesque landscapes, and culinary heritage, making it a multifaceted destination for both wine enthusiasts and general tourists.

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Bordeaux 2023: A Detailed Climatic and Crop Analysis Ahead of En Primeur”

Gavin Quinney, on JancisRobinson.com, presents a comprehensive review of Bordeaux’s 2023 growing season and a detailed analysis of the weather patterns and their impact on the vineyards, comparing these conditions to previous vintages to contextualize the wines’ characteristics for the upcoming en primeur tastings.

The report highlights a year of low overall volume but generous yields in prestigious appellations, documenting the challenges such as mildew and the adjustments made by vineyards to manage these issues effectively. The extensive use of data, including graphs and maps, provides a deep dive into the specific effects of climate variations on different Bordeaux appellations, offering insights into the potential quality and pricing strategies for the 2023 vintage.

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Unique or Uniform? Examining Philippe Melka’s Influence on Napa Cabernet

Philippe Melka, a prominent winemaking consultant in Napa Valley, faces scrutiny over the uniqueness of his wines as critics, like Karen MacNeil, question the emerging homogeneity among Napa Cabernets attributed to star consultants like him.

Despite the criticism, Melka asserts that his extensive, artisanal approach to winemaking, which involves meticulous attention to vineyard site, microclimate, and individual winemaking processes, ensures that each wine distinctively reflects its terroir and the vision of its proprietor. His methods, supported by personal and collaborative feedback loops with other winemakers and critics, aim to produce wines that are not only unique but also embody the complexity and diversity of Napa Valley.

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Record-Breaking $159 Million Sotheby’s Wine and Spirits Sales Spotlight Krug’s Top 10 Debut

Sotheby’s reported a new high in its global wine and spirits auction sales for 2023, totaling $159 million, marking a slight increase from the previous year and continuing a three-year trend of record-breaking sales despite a decline in fine wine prices on the secondary market. The auction house highlighted significant growth in its wine and spirits department over the decade, with the number of lots offered increasing by 17% year-on-year.

Champagne house Krug notably entered the top 10 best-selling wine producers for the first time, while sales of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, a regular leader, surged by 40%. Sotheby’s also experienced strong growth in its spirits sales, driven by rare whiskies, and set a new record with the sale of a bottle of The Macallan 1926 for $2.7 million.

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The Elements of Spice in Red Wines: Chemical Reactions and Sensory Experiences

The “Spicy Red Wine Quick Guide” delves into the specific elements that contribute to the spicy flavors observed in red wines, explaining how the rotundone compound in Syrah is responsible for peppery aromas and how the high acidity and alcohol content in wines like Chianti and Amarone create a piquant sensation by activating TRPV1 receptors, which typically respond to heat. It also discusses how oak aging influences wines such as Zinfandel and Pinotage, imparting them with vanilla and clove notes through compounds like vanillin and eugenol extracted during the aging process. 

This guide offers a quick look at the interplay between grape varieties, winemaking techniques, and biochemical reactions that produce the distinctive spicy notes in red wines.

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Senior Wine & Spirits Specialist

Billy Galanko, DipWSET