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Ce blog est né de l'heureux hasard d'une rencontre, en 2010, au Salon des Vins de Loire d'Angers, autour d'un verre de rosé de Bourgueil - celui de Pierre Jacques Druet. Il y avait là cinq "plumitifs" du vin. Le rosé aidant, l'idée a germé de créer un espace commun.
Parce qu'à cinq, on peut aborder plus de thèmes.
Parce qu'on peut débattre.
Parce qu'on peut partager. Des coups de coeur, des coups de gueule, de l'expérience.
Et qu'est-ce que le vin sinon une boisson de partage?
De ces cinq, certains sont déjà des blogueurs confirmés, d'autres non.
Comme il y a les 5 sens, il y  a maintenant les 5 du Vin.

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David Cobbold (Eccevino) est le plus français des journalistes anglais du vin, ou vice versa. Il a reçu en 2011 le Wine Blog Trophy pour  son blog, More than Just Wine.

Jim Budd, sujet de sa Gracieuse Majesté, est journaliste pour diverses revues britanniques. Amoureux des vins de Loire, il leur consacre un blog, Jim's Loire, primé en 2009 du Wine Blog Trophy.

Hervé Lalau est un journaliste français écrivant pour diverses revues et sites français, belges, suisses et canadiens. Son blog "Chroniques Vineuses" lui a valu le Wine Blog Trophy en 2010.

Michel Smith, PourLeVin, est un journaliste français établi en Roussillon, travaillant pour diverses revues et guides en France. Il s'intitule lui-même "Journaliste en Vins et autres Plats de Résistance".

Marc Vanhellemont est un journaliste belge travaillant pour divers magazines en Belgique et en France. Incontournable, sauf par la face nord.


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29 juin 2010 2 29 /06 /juin /2010 00:02



It is time to take stock!

Cases of 2009 Lafite are now changing hands for upwards of £13,000 and Latour for £11,000 and doubtless Pétrus. Le Pin and Ausone will be multiples of this. Think of a figure and double it!

With the exception of those bottles drunk by Chinese millionaires and assorted football stars who suddenly find themselves at a loose end after being ejected prematurely from the World Cup, top red Bordeaux is now largely bought as an investment. 

I’m delighted to see that two venerable Bordeaux institutions – CIVB (Le Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux) and the UGC (Union des Grands Crus will be changing their names form 1st July to Consolidated Investissements des Vins Banque and United Group Capital to reflect the new realities.

The two organisations are currently working together to produce a lexicon of wine investment terms. Les 5 du Vin has been privileged to see an early draft of their work. Winemakers become asset creators, wineries replaced by asset generators and egrappoirs – asset strippers. From 2011 the annual en primeur tasting will be the Wine Asset Class Convention with wine critics renamed asset analysts. Second wines become derivatives, while third and fourth wines – junk bonds.   

In the expectation that most of the 61 Grand Cru Classées will be primarily made for investment purposes by the end of this decade, courses will be offered to asset creators wishing to make investment grade wine. Although like the sardines in the book of short stories by Simon Loftus ‘Anatomy of the Wine Trade: Abe's Sardines and Other Stories (published in 1987)* the wines will rarely be drunk, it is crucial that they show well during the annual wine asset class convention as the analysts' scores will set the market price.

En primeur assets need to have deep colour, mocha and coconut aromas, thick gobbets of black fruit and tar, velvetine texture and around 13-13.5% of alcohol. It is important that alcohol levels do not exceed 14% as this often divides the analysts and may lower the asset’s price.

The asset creator will also want to ensure that the assets should have a life expectancy of 49 years. Ideally they should be fine for 49 years and then completely over the hill half a year later. Assets that have a life expectancy of less than 50 years are classified as ‘wasting assets’ and any capital gain is not subject to tax. 

* Jancis Robinson MW (editor of this series of wine books) explains the unusual subtitle of this book in an essay on which wines make the best investments:

 "It is as well to keep in mind an anecdote from Simon Loftus ... which he attributes to the late Peter Sichel: `Abe bought a shipment of sardines that had already been traded many times and each time profitably. Unlike previous buyers, Abe decided to try a can of his purchase. The sardines were terrible. He telephoned Joe from whom he'd bought them only to be told 'But Abe, those sardines are for trading, not eating!'"



A new First Growth 'asset generator' under construction

Jim Budd


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Jim Budd 10/07/2010 11:04

Aynard. Many thanks. I agree there are two worlds and fortunately the artisanal is real and endlessly interesting. Hedgerow wines, perhaps?

Aynard de CLERMONT TONNERRE 10/07/2010 10:46

Great article As an old member of the trading financial world I really love your comparison between the trading and wine...
But you know there are two different world in the wine.. les artisans and hedge fund of the wine....They belong to the second categories. And Ithink we can write a scenario showing the analogy
between hedge fund and such wine. We should find some thing like hedgewine fund....

Jim Budd 30/06/2010 09:20

Valerie. Je suis d'accord. Voir: http://www.decanter.com/news/news.php?id=299622

valérie Diotte 30/06/2010 07:09

C'est vrai, c'est indécent ces chiffres... Mais cela me rappelle le marché de l'art où certaines oeuvres contemporaines servent d'investissement et s'arrachent à des prix exhorbitants pendant que
d'autres artistes ont du mal à vendre une toile.

Jim Budd 29/06/2010 16:32

Merci Hervé! Il faut que les mots exprimant la nouvelle verité!