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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.

Anthony Rose: 'It seems as if the northern and southern hemispheres have become parallel but separate worlds'

When I was first getting to grips with wine in the dim and distant past, I never had the benefit of appreciating wine by grape variety. Wine was all about location, as the name on the bottle indicated: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône and so on. Since the New World was never hamstrung by the pedigree of location or brand, it turned the label upside down and opted for all those grape varieties it had pinched from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône and elsewhere.

Anthony Rose: 'Majestic has improved its offering, by reducing the minimum purchase from 12 to six bottles

Wine Rack est mort, vive Wine Rack! Or so, at least, the London and suburban residents of the 20 locations now served by the revamped Wine Rack are hoping. When the premium arm of the Thresher group decided to offload its entire chain in November 2009, it looked like curtains for the ailing high-street brand. But after Venus plc bought the company with 13 stores, refurbished them and added seven more, Wine Rack has once again made a startling comeback. Mind you, holding its press launch on the day of Majestic's spring tasting wasn't the best timing in the world.

Anthony Rose: The 2009 Burgundy vintage is an abundant crowd-pleaser. What’s not to like?'

The phrase "hurry while stocks last" is so trite that it would be easy to ignore the clamour for 2009 Burgundy if there weren't a risk of being crushed in the stampede for it.

BEM Bordeaux Management School

Age: 137

Lloyd Webber uncorks another fortune with sale of wine collection

His ear for a tune and eye for artwork have already helped Lord Lloyd Webber to become a multi-millionaire. Now his lesser-known nose for fine wine is set to add to his fortune.

Top chateaux offer great value as Chinese get a taste for fine wines

Far-Eastern interest is changing the market for investors, say Chiara Cavaglieri and Julian Knight

World's oldest wine sale enters the internet age

Burgundy auction reaches out to new crowd

'The capital of wine is an architectural gem'

City Slicker - Bordeaux: It's harvest time. What better moment for a trip to Bordeaux? Harriet O'Brien offers some ideas for new and returning visitors

Anthony Rose: 'The Wine Society needs little introduction suffice to say that no one regrets the £40 membership fee'

Was it coincidence that the autumn wine ranges of the UK's big two wine clubs, Laithwaites and The Wine Society, were paraded on consecutive days? Theale-based Laithwaites (laithwaites.com), with its aggressive advertising, couldn't be more different in ethos to the genteel, non-profit-making Wine Society in Stevenage. Differences apart, both are dynamic, modern operations with first-rate wine buying teams. And both have clearly spent time improving on the quality of their wine ranges.

David Cameron challenged to reveal contents of wine cellar

Former Cabinet Office minister Tom Watson called on David Cameron today to ensure the contents of the Government wine cellar are made public.

Tour de France: Shaky Contador hangs on for third Tour

Schleck shows surprising turn of time-trial speed to push Spaniard to the limit, writes Alasdair Fotheringham from Pauillac

Anthony Rose: 'Some of theBordeaux high flyers have come out with jawdropping prices'

"Let them drink wine" goes the cry in Bordeaux as the gap between the Marie Antoinette haves and the sans-culottes have-nots widens. After months of dragging their heels, the Bordelais have pronounced, or their cash registers at least have rung to a familiar tune. All the tricks of the Bordeaux trade were deployed to stoke demand for the 2009 vintage. According to the wine exchange, Livex, average price rises over the great 2005 vintage were up 13 per cent until mid-June.

Fine Bordeaux wine matures well for investors expecting a 16% return

Investors in the 2005 vintage of the Wine Investment Fund are set to double their money this year, as physical goods continue to outperform the labouring equities markets.

Vintage year promises a liquid fortune

Wine traders are doubling their money, despite the effects of the credit crunch, says Mark Leftly

John Lichfield: Sour grapes, even in vintage years

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