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Market-leading fine wine opinion: market reports and FINE+RARE’s assessment on industry developments.

Energy and Intensity: Dom Perignon 2002 Plenitude 2 Revealed

It’s a good thing Dom Perignon’s Vincent Chaperon is an energetic, fit and talkative person. He needed it for a day of back-to-back tastings...
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Chateau Lafleur – Exploring the iconic estate’s ...

It was a great pleasure to spend some time over the last few weeks with Omri Ram, the winemaker and viticulturalist at the helm...
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2018 Bordeaux En Primeur: The Week in Review #4

Another busy week in Bordeaux with some major releases stirring huge interest from around the world. Chateau Pavie Macquin was one of the top...
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2018 Bordeaux En Primeur: The Week in Review #3

Another busy week of En Primeur with a steady flow of releases from across the appellations. The highlight release of the week had to...
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The Lighthouse: In Search of Cuban Tobacco

Destination: Cuba; “the key to the Caribbean”, nearly 110,000 km2 with a population of 11+ million. Target: The Cuban cigar. There are few places in the...
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2017 Vintage Port Release and Vertical Tasting with Dirk Nie...

“The 2017 vintage is the best wine I ever did”…. A bold claim from the larger-than-life Dirk Niepoort – made none the less impactful...
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2018 Bordeaux En Primeur: The Week in Review #2

The first full week of the campaign is now behind us and already we have seen some top wines released. So far the Right...
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2018 En Primeur Release of Pomerol’s Chateau Belle-Brise

The 2018 Bordeaux En Primeur campaign reached new heights this week with the surprise release of one of Saint-Emilion’s top estates – Chateau Angelus....
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Venusa: The New Artisanal beer from the amazing Venissa Heri...

Venusa artisanal beer is the latest release from the talented craftsmen at Venissa who, thanks to a combination of biological expertise and historical investigation,...
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Rosé Season: F+R’s Top Pink Picks

Every year we taste a huge range of this season’s rosé releases, whittling down to the wines we believe are the ideal offering for...
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Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche Vertical Tasting with Véroni...

The Drouhin-Laguiche relationship has borne beautiful fruit since the fortuitous meeting of Maurice Drouhin and the Marquis de Laguiche during the Second World War;...
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A Sign of Things to Come? Potential 100 Point Wines from Bor...

Reviewing the Bordeaux Barrel Tasting Reports from the Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth dating back to 2010, we can confidently say that Bordeaux 2018 has seen...
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