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1, 2. There are 12 women who work in the vineyard undertaking all the tasks there. Each woman is responsible for 30,000 feet (vines) which corresponds to a parcel (approximately 30-34,000 vines). Each parcel has 45 rows and each row is 1,000m long. Thus, each woman who works in the vineyard walks 45km along the row, and 45km back, and works each row 11 times during the year. Each woman thus walks a minimum distance of almost 1,000km per annum. This is an enormous physical effort, quite apart from the work involved at each vine or post.
3. where no year given this is the standard assemblage or capability
4. where no year given this is the average expectation
5. Too much water may lead to dense foliage which restricts fruit exposure and larger more dilute fruit, compact clusters and unsanitary conditions e.g. mildew, grey rot. Good drainage counteracts some of the problems caused by heavy rainfall. Too little water and vine growth is stunted and maturity delayed. Non-functioning leaves (no photosynthesis) can also inhibit ripening. Whilst sugar can increase this is only as a percentage of the juice which is already lower in volume. Late stress can affect the flavours too. Excessive stress tends to produce wines which are of lower flavour which are less complex, less ripe, lower volume and with less aging potential.
6. Rapport du millésime proposé par la Faculté d'oenologie de Bordeaux
7. Release prices from
8. Sales dates for wines sold at auction
9. 7/11/2010
10, 11. 23/06/2010
12. 05/11/2010
13. 5/6/2010
14. based on records up until the end of April 2011
15. Foire aux vins
17. all prices are converted to a standard bottle format of 75cl
18. Buyers Premium
19. Acker Merrall & Condit, 18 October, 2008
20. 18 October, 2008
21. Acker Merrall & Condit 31 May, 2008
22. 15 October, 2009 London Sale no. 2245
23. A magnum selling for $5,808 by Acker Merrall & Condit on 7 November, 2008
24. Sotheby's Finest and Rarest Wines, Featuring Treasures from the Cellars of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 12 November, 2008
25. Christie's New York, 17 November, 2008
26. Magnum sold by Acker Merrall & Condit in Hong Kong in November, 2008 for $10,625
27. 2005 sale figure
28. Jan 2000-Dec 2008
29. Double magnum
30. 18 October, 2008, Acker Merrall & Condit, New York
31. Price at time of going to press (not auction
32, 36, 37. Bordeaux Bourgogne - les passions rivales. Hachette Litératures. 2005. Jean-Robert Pitte.
33. All prices include Buyers Premium which vary according to location and auction house and were for the period 2009 – 2012.
34. Many lots of top Burgundy are sold as 'Assortment'. This article only uses whole lots with exclusive vintages/growers/bottle sizes. Bottles are converted to standard equivalents of 75cl.
35. Amongst auction records for Montrachet some are undefined in terms of their producer but these make up less than 20% of the total value covering all traded vintages for the period. It is also likely that many of these are the top-traded wines.
38. The Wines of Bordeaux Vintages and Tasting Notes 1952-2003. Clive Coates MW. Published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 2004.
39. Fine Wine magazine - Spring 2009. The Bordeaux Negociants p23
40. Scores - Sense or nonsense?
41. Evolutions des notes - Robert Parker: B Leguern
42. based on one sample tasted at the Château in April 2009
43. Bordeaux 2008 - the Year of the Price