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1. from a total of 61 auction records between 2003 and 2009
2. Sotheby's Finest and Rarest Wines, Featuring Treasures from the Cellars of Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, 12th November, 2008. Sale no.L08611
3, 5, 6. Any price shown is 'release' price in the specified currency
4, 38. Mar 2012
7. All tables are based on auction data from the houses specified for the period 1/5/2010 to 30/4/2011 (unless indicated otherwise). The data file used in the preparation of this article for this period excluding mixed/verticals consists of more than 50,000 individual lots
9. GroupM Knowledge – HurunWealth Report 2011
10. Sotheby’s London, Hong Kong and New York; Christie’s London, Hong Kong and New York; Zachys Los Angeles, Hong Kong and New York; Hart Davis Hart Chicago and Acker Merrall & Condit New York and Hong Kong
11. where no year given this is the standard assemblage or capability
12. where no year given this is the average expectation
13. 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.
14. Rapport du millésime proposé par la Faculté d'oenologie de Bordeaux
15. Release prices from
16. Sales dates for wines sold at auction
17. 7/11/2010
18, 19. 23/06/2010
20. 05/11/2010
21. 5/6/2010
22. based on records up until the end of April 2011
23. Foire aux vins
25. Unmixed, non-verticals from Sotheby's, Christie's, Acker Merrall & Condit, Zachys, Hart Davis Hart
26. The Wines of Bordeaux Vintages and Tasting Notes 1952-2003. Clive Coates MW. Published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 2004.
27. Fine Wine magazine - Spring 2009. The Bordeaux Negociants p23
28. Scores - Sense or nonsense?
29. Evolutions des notes - Robert Parker: B Leguern
30. based on one sample tasted at the Château in April 2009
31. Bordeaux 2008 - the Year of the Price
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.