When China awakes… the world shall tremble

When China awakes… the world shall tremble

In 1973, Alan Peyrefitte, a French journalist, following his return from a trip to China, wrote a book with the above mentioned title, originally attributed to Napoleon in 1816. Bothe Napoleon as well as Peyreffite where visionaries, and where perfectly right, but not listened to, for China has awakened. Whatever field we are looking at, […]


Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic Vinegar

The traditional balsamic vinegar is the most delicate existing condiment. Made exclusively from cooked grape must. The obtained juice is boiled down to 60% of its volume. Following that, it will be left to mature in oak casks for several years and undergo several manipulations and further boiling down processes. Next it will be transferred […]


Englishmen “please shoot first”!

Englishmen “please shoot first”!

Which was done and we thank them for it! The passion for French wine brought our friends across the channel, to develop a vivid imagination. The amphora was the first vessel to contain wine, but not very practical, heavy and fragile during transportation, she was replaced by the wooden barrel. This was practical for transportation […]


The primeurs Grands Crus of 2013 from Bordeaux

The primeurs Grands Crus of 2013 from Bordeaux

The 31st of March, the begining of the 2013 primeurs campaign will be starting off. Owners, oenologists, critics, consultants and wine importers will all be reunited together in the beautiful city of Bordeaux. After an 18% fall in sales to china in 2013, this 2013 will have been the smallest harvest in the Bordeaux region […]


Price increases in French wines.

Price increases in French wines.

Many of you have probably noticed that the price of French wines, labeled “premier crus” and “Grand crus” had notably increased in the last 6 to 8 months. We shall through this article the reasons for this rise in price, the consequences that this will have on the market, and how to benefit from this […]


The Phylloxera

The Phylloxera

In 1872, in the vineyards of the regions of Languedoc, Gard, Provence, Bordeaux an even in the Burgundy area, the vine shoots and leaves dry out progressively provoking the death of the vine. Jean Emile Planchon, a botanist, wrote in 1873, that if a remedy was not found, the contagious ailment that strikes the vines, […]


Buying a unit trust plan

Buying a unit trust plan

Not a day goes by, that I ask myself  “why do investors continue to invest in traditional placements such as unit trusts, instead of diversifying their investments in products where they control the totality of the process, from purchase to re-sale, knowing in advance the real fees and the different costs pertaining to this operation […]


The wine market, an authentic placement

The wine market, an authentic placement

Whilst the sounds of boots marching over Crimea are being heard the world over, an ill wind of panic is blowing on the international stock markets. As it is often the case with any major international political crisis, investors are the first casualties, loosing their virtual assets when it is not their initial investment, the […]