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1, 5, 6. Bordeaux Bourgogne - les passions rivales. Hachette Litératures. 2005. Jean-Robert Pitte.
2. All prices include Buyers Premium which vary according to location and auction house and were for the period 2009 – 2012.
3. 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.
4. 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.
7. Acker Merrall & Condit, 18 October, 2008
8. 18 October, 2008
9. Acker Merrall & Condit 31 May, 2008
10. 15 October, 2009 London Sale no. 2245
11. A magnum selling for $5,808 by Acker Merrall & Condit on 7 November, 2008
12. Sotheby's Finest and Rarest Wines, Featuring Treasures from the Cellars of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 12 November, 2008
13. Christie's New York, 17 November, 2008
14. Magnum sold by Acker Merrall & Condit in Hong Kong in November, 2008 for $10,625
15. 2005 sale figure
16. Jan 2000-Dec 2008
17. Double magnum
18. 18 October, 2008, Acker Merrall & Condit, New York
19. The Wines of Bordeaux Vintages and Tasting Notes 1952-2003. Clive Coates MW. Published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 2004.
20. Fine Wine magazine - Spring 2009. The Bordeaux Negociants p23
21. Scores - Sense or nonsense?
22. Evolutions des notes - Robert Parker: B Leguern
23. based on one sample tasted at the Château in April 2009
24. Bordeaux 2008 - the Year of the Price
25. where no year given this is the standard assemblage or capability
26. where no year given this is the average expectation
27. 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.
28. Rapport du millésime proposé par la Faculté d'oenologie de Bordeaux
29. Release prices from
30. Sales dates for wines sold at auction
31. 7/11/2010
32, 33. 23/06/2010
34. 05/11/2010
35. 5/6/2010
36. based on records up until the end of April 2011
37. Foire aux vins
39. all prices are converted to a standard bottle format of 75cl
40. Buyers Premium