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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. all prices are converted to a standard bottle format of 75cl
4. Buyers Premium
5. Unmixed, non-verticals from Sotheby's, Christie's, Acker Merrall & Condit, Zachys, Hart Davis Hart
6. where no year given this is the standard assemblage or capability
7. where no year given this is the average expectation
8. 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.
9. Rapport du millésime proposé par la Faculté d'oenologie de Bordeaux
10. Release prices from
11. Sales dates for wines sold at auction
12. 7/11/2010
13, 14. 23/06/2010
15. 05/11/2010
16. 5/6/2010
17. based on records up until the end of April 2011
18. Foire aux vins
20, 21. 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.
22. Price at time of going to press (not auction
23. All release prices based on Bibendum and Corney & Barrow offers during April-June 2010, unless otherwise stated. Critics’ scores used include: Jancis Robinson MW, La Revue du Vin de France, Tim Atkin MW, Wine Spectator – James Sucklings’ Spring barrel samplings, Jean-Marc Quarin, Robert Parker. Where two scores are offered, eg 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.
24. Perhaps a victim of fashion?
25. When does the price affect the taste? Results from a wine experiment. Johan Almenberg and Anna Dreber. AAWE Working Paper, No. 35. April, 2009
26. Do more expensive wines taste better? Robin Goldstein, Johan Almenberg, Anna Dreber, John W. Emerson, Alexis Herschkowitsch, Jacob Katz. AAWE
27, 31, 32. Bordeaux Bourgogne - les passions rivales. Hachette Litératures. 2005. Jean-Robert Pitte.
28. All prices include Buyers Premium which vary according to location and auction house and were for the period 2009 – 2012.
29. 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.
30. 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.