Sotheby's claims auction record with DRC 'super lot'

    Sotheby's has sold a 114-bottle 'super lot' of DRC Romanee-Conti wines for more than US$1.5m in Hong Kong, reinforcing collectors' thirst for top Burgundy and setting a new auction record. The cache of wines, including six bottles from each vintage between 1992 and 2010 inclusive, was sold in Hong Kong to an unnamed Asia-based collector for HK$12.56m (US$1.6m) at the weekend.

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    South African reds break new ground at Cape wine auction

    This year's Cape Winemakers Guild Auction saw a record amount spent with red wines from three estates beating the previous top price for a lot. Henre Hablutzel of Homeyr-Mills Auctioneers led the 30th Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Total sales at last weekend's auction reached ZAR11.9 million (£662,000), the Guild said.

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    UK health body backs drug that stops you drinking

    A new drug that suppresses people's desire to drink too much wine has been backed by the UK body responsible for approving new medicines and health treatments. Doctors in the UK are set to be given the green light to prescribe the drug, named Nalmefene, to patients who drink high amounts of alcohol.

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    Young Sommelier of the Year 2014 winner announced

    Pier-Alexis Souliere, most recently of Est. restaurant in Sydney, Australia, has won the 2014 Young Sommelier of the Year award. Souliere (pictured), originally from Quebec but who represented Australia, beat off tough competition from 15 finalists to take this year’s award, said the prize sponsor, Chaine des Rotisseurs. The final was held in Copenhagen.

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    Haut-Brion history dates back 500 years, new research shows

    New research has uncovered the oldest known mention of Chateau Haut-Brion dating back to the beginning of the 1500s, 139 years earlier than previously thought. Chateau Haut-Brion in 2012Following a competition launched by owner Prince Robert of Luxembourg, a medieval history researcher in Bordeaux found a written mention of Haut-Brion dated 21 January 1521.

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    Young Spanish winemaker dies in wine vat accident

    The winemaker niece of respected Spanish producer Raul Perez has died after falling into a vat of wine. Emergency services at the scene of the accident. Image Credit: InfoBierzoNerea Perez is believed to have fallen into the vat after being affected by fumes while working in a cellar in the village of Salas de los Barrios in the El Bierzo region of north west Spain, according to ...

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    France's Languedoc hit by worst floods in 60 years

    Two months of rainfall in just three hours has caused extreme flooding in France's Languedoc region, prompting concerns about damage to vineyards during the 2014 harvest. Image credit: Midi-Libre Officials have declared 73 communes in the Herault area of Languedoc, near to Montpellier, as disaster zones after what weather body Meteo France described as the region's worst flooding for 60 years.

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    California cult winemaker 'improving' after bike crash

    The winemaker and co-owner of highly regarded Sine Qua Non in California remains in hospital after crashing his motorbike, but has shown signs of improvement. Sine Qua Non winemaker Manfred Krankl (Image: sinequanon.com) Manfred Krankl was seriously hurt after coming off his bike two weeks ago near to the winery, based in Ventura county in the Central Coast American Viticultural Area.

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    Roederer launches first new Champagne 'since 1974'

    Louis Roederer has launched a Brut Nature Champagne from the 2006 vintage in collaboration with artist Philippe Starck. Only around 60,000 bottles of the Brut Nature 2006 ‘Louis Roederer et Philippe Starck’ have been produced, said Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon, Roederer’s cellarmaster, during a launch event in central London last night. A single bottle is expected to cost around €70.

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    Bordeaux 'lacks premium brands', says Baron Philippe de Rothschild chief

    Bordeaux's image on the international wine market is hampered by a lack of premium brands that can appeal to mainstream consumers, the managing director of Baron Philippe de Rothschild has said. Hugues Lechanoine of Baron Philippe de Rothschild Bordeaux may be home to some of the world's most prestigious wine estates, but the top wines from those chateaux only represent a small ...

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    Penfolds owner Treasury sees takeover bids collapse

    Takeover offers valuing Treasury Wine Estates at A$3.2bn have collapsed, leaving the Penfolds and Wolf Blass owner's current leadership to find a way to improve financial results. Treasury's share price on the Australian stock exchange plunged after it announced that the two takeover offers it had received would go no further. The group's shares finished Monday (29 September) at A$4.

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    Jefford on Monday: A Label Drinker Comes Out

    I've never taken part in a true blind tasting. Have you? It would, I think, mean sitting in a cubicle in an anonymous research laboratory staffed by strangers. Wine samples would emerge through a hatch. We'd write a description of the wine, provide answers to a few questions, or score what we’d tasted according to a number of different parameters. Then go home.

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    Central London winery to make English wine

    London Cru, the winery in the heart of the UK capital, is to make its first English wine from the 2014 vintage after being impressed with the quality of this year's harvest. London Cru's winemaker, Gavin MoneryLondon Cru has arranged to buy 3,000 kilos of Bacchus grapes from Sandhurst Vineyards in Kent, southern England, which should be enough to produce around 2,000 bottles of still wine.

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