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Burgundy is on a roll, bordeaux a roller-coaster. In 2013, bordeaux failed to deliver a good enough vintage to make it worth buying early.

Lam Kok, a Chinese billionaire stands with James Gregoire after buying a chateaux from him. Both are feared dead after their helicopter crashed while viewing the property

Chinese billionaire Lam Kok feared dead along with 12-year-old son after helicopter crash in France

The hotel magnate, along with his young son, was viewing his newly bought chateau from the air

Bowled over: Raise a glass to the Ashes series with Terry Kirby's pick of Australian wines

The greatest contest in cricket – the Ashes series between England and Australia – starts this week; the perfect excuse to try some exceptional Aussie wines from vineyards near the Test venues…

A violent hailstorm in Burgundy last month destroyed 70 per cent of the crops on some estates

Après le déluge: Bordeaux’s winemakers fight back

Yet again, summer storms have devastated Bordeaux’s vineyards. Now growers are counterattacking, using everything from cannons to rockets

Wine: Something for the weekend

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The Beckhams are said to have become wine buffs while living in Madrid

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Anthony Rose: Burgundy has grown in stature and popularity

Buy on apples, sell on cheese, so the old wine-trade adage goes. If the Himalayan mountains of cheese consumed during the frenzy of January's Burgundy 2011 week in London are anything to go by, a great deal of the region's wine has been sold en primeur before it's even been bottled and delivered. Do you need Burgundy in your cellar? No. Do you want Burgundy in your cellar? Why wouldn't you if you love wine? As Bordeaux alienates with arrogant pricing, Burgundy has grown in stature and popularity with much improved wine quality, more consistent vintages and greater availability.

Wine: Something for the weekend

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US plan to sell 'château' wine in EU

Despite furious opposition in France, the European Commission is considering a request from Washington that American producers be allowed to sell wines abroad labelled with spurious château titles. The EC postponed a decision last week, following French protests. But most other EU countries – including Britain – favour a change in the rules.

France may finally accept the little château on the prairie

Wine lovers in Britain and elsewhere in Europe may soon be drinking bottles of Château Dead Man's Gulch or, more likely, Château Napa Valley.

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From cases of French plonk to single bottles from the New World, the finest vintages are now only a click away...

Anthony Rose: 'It's time to wrest the PR advantage back from Bordeaux'

The brilliantly-staged annual Bordeaux press and trade tasting week is now a gravy train resulting in the serious boosting of the coffers of the greatest châteaux. Despite staggering prices for their pre-release 2009 vintage, they made hay because the vintage was rated as one of the true greats.

Anthony Rose: Burgundy can offer an array both of delicious and charming reds'

If you stick to buying your wine in supermarkets, chances are you haven't yet tripped over a great Burgundy. Burgundy is not something supermarkets tend to excel at. Its small-scale, artisan products can be pricey, infuriatingly inconsistent and difficult to pin down, but the idea that you have to be on a city slicker's bonus to afford it is wide of the mark.

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Prices correct as of 23 January 2015
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