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1. Price at time of going to press (not auction
2. This article was based on auction sales of Champagne at Sotheby’s (NY, HK and London), Acker Merrall & Condit (NY, HK), Zachys (HK, NY), Hart Davis Hart (Chicago) and Christie’s (HK, NY, London) between 1 January 2006 and 31 July, 2011 – a total of more than 6,300 auction lots. The records are based on unmixed, non-verticals.
3. In some tables lot values are reduced to their 75cl standard format and prices recalculated accordingly, eg if a magnum 1.5l lot sells for £500, the 75cl equivalent is £250. It is worth noting that there are significant premiums attached to larger formats which tend to skew the results where this calculation has been used depending on the underlying sales data.
4. All prices include buyers’ premiums.
5. Average prices (where stated) are obtained using a proprietary weighting by quantity sold.
6, 8, 9. Any price shown is 'release' price in the specified currency
7. Mar 2012
10. Parker v. Prial: The Death of the Vintage Chart [Lighten Your Wallet]. Roman L. Weil, Co-Chairman, Oenonomy Society of the US. RLW VDQS, 2001
11. All release prices based on Bibendum offers during April - June 2010,, Corney & Barrow and Berry Bros & Rudd. Critics' scores used include: Jancis Robinson, La Revue du Vin de France, Tim Atkin, Wine Spectator - James Sucklings' barrel samplings, Jean-Marc Quarin, Robert Parker. Where two scores are offered e.g. 92-94, we have used the mid-score point. Scores out of 20 are translated into 100 point scores according to our own conversion table. All prices quoted in bond. Tables are built around red wines only.
12. see Part I for an explanation of QPI and its use
13. For example, some châteaux acreage may include white varieties although, for example, I have excluded this for Haut Brion.
14. Bordeaux wine vintage quality and the weather. Orley Ashenfelter, and David Ashmore and Robert LaLonde. Chance, Vol. 8 No. 4, 1995.
15. from a total of 61 auction records between 2003 and 2009
16. Sotheby's Finest and Rarest Wines, Featuring Treasures from the Cellars of Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, 12th November, 2008. Sale no.L08611
17. where no year given this is the standard assemblage or capability
18. where no year given this is the average expectation
19. 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.
20. Rapport du millésime proposé par la Faculté d'oenologie de Bordeaux
21. Release prices from
22. Sales dates for wines sold at auction
23. 7/11/2010
24, 25. 23/06/2010
26. 05/11/2010
27. 5/6/2010
28. based on records up until the end of April 2011
29. Foire aux vins