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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.

The woman who taught France how to drink

In the time of Napoleon, only Burgundy would do for France's aristocracy. But the opening of Empress Josephine's cellar reveals how her taste for Bordeaux brought to prominence some of the finest wines ever made

2010: Our vine romance

New World winemakers brought about seismic shifts in the market, for the good of all. By Anthony Rose

A vintage year: France anticipates finest Bordeaux wines in 60 years

A fine summer and a dry September mean 'perfect' 2005 will be surpassed

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Anthony Rose: The aim is to give the man in the street the chance to exchange wine, eBay-style, over the internet

It's always been the case that you cannot buy and sell wine on eBay because you need a licence. Recently though, there's been a spate of new web-based initiatives, offering the opportunity to buy or sell wines without going through the cumbersome procedure of the auction house or traditional wine broker. How to price your wine or what to pay? Helpfully, there are also sites giving you the market price of your wine or a wine you're thinking of buying.

Anthony Rose: 'Some of the UK's leading wine merchants didn't even go to Bordeaux to taste the 2008 vintage'

The relevance of Bordeaux's system of selling its top wines as futures, or en primeur, in the spring after the vintage, has been called into question by the latest shenanigans over the 2008 vintage.

48 hours in: Bordeaux

This fine city in south-west France now celebrates its riverside location, and offers an intoxicating mix of culture, cuisine and claret, writes Cathy Packe

Was last year's Bordeaux vintage really such a wash-out?

The world's leading wine expert begs to differ. Is he right?

Bordeaux wine harvest decimated by severe hail storms

A fifth of this year's Bordeaux wine harvest has been destroyed by two severe hail bombardments in three days.

Anthony Rose: Since the long hot summer of 2003, rosé wines have taken off and never looked back

I knew that rosé had finally arrived during the long, hot summer of 2003, as my overheated car and I limped wearily into Bordeaux.

Anthony Rose: The more adventurous South African producers are trying out new blends of grape varieties

Knowing the South African winemakers Gary and Kathy Jordan, it's a fair bet that when their new London restaurant, High Timber, open its doors close to the Millennium Bridge this month, it will have a good chance of succeeding even in these tough times. The Jordans are the likeable and self-evidently courageous couple behind Jordan Estate in Stellenbosch. Their 2006 Jordan Chameleon Cabernet Merlot, £10, Jeroboams shops, is a succulently juicy Margaux-meets-the-Cape blend of blackcurrant with a capsicum whiff, and the 2004 Jordan Cobblers Hill, £17.95-£19.99, Jeroboams, Ex Cellar, Surrey (01372 275247), Flying Corkscrew (01442 412312), sawinesonline.co.uk, one of the Cape's most stylish and complex bordeaux-style blends.

Anthony Rose: At Mendoza's 1,000 or so metres of altitude, the malbec grape thrives on sunshine

Making my predictions for the new year, I mentioned that Argentina's malbec grape was well placed to take a starring role in 2009 and nothing I have tasted since has changed that view. The improvements in winemaking since the great 2002 vintage have helped to make succulent, vibrant reds, but it's also thanks to warm, dry summers and perfectly controlled ripening conditions.

Anthony Rose: Except in great years, the wine world no longer revolves around Bordeaux and Burgundy

Who'll give me £600m for a nice little property in Pauillac? It has earnings potential of about £10m a year and the three features required of a top wine property: prestige, great wine and location. Since François H Pinault, the French luxury goods tycoon who also owns Christie's, is down to his last billion or so, he's apparently putting Château Latour on the market, but is unlikely to accept as little as the low estimate of £150m for one of the most prized jewels in the Bordeaux crown, especially as first growths (the others are Haut-Brion, Lafite, Margaux and Mouton-Rothschild) rarely come on the market. Going, going ...

Anthony Rose: The wine was derided as filthy at the start

Until the 1960s, the coastal area of Bolgheri was typical southern Tuscan farming country, its thick undergrowth and marshland a haven for wild boar and partridge. Thanks to an aristocratic outsider from Italy's north, Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, this improbable terrain has shown a remarkable propensity for producing wines equal in class and quality to cru classé Bordeaux and top Californian cabernet. It started in 1944 when the Marquis della Rochetta decided to try to recreate the taste of his beloved claret and harness the special luminosity and maritime climate of the region. He planted a small plot of cabernet sauvignon in the wooded hills 350 metres above the beaches of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The result, Sassicaia, eventually proved to be the blueprint for the region's worldwide renown today.

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