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Considerable volumes of wishful thinking and even more hot air have been expended on the 'wonderful' 2012 Burgundy vintage, currently on offer. Sparing you the hyperbole and cutting to the chase, Burgundy 2012 is a good vintage in which a handful of great wines have been made by a few exceptional growers. It is not a rising tide that raises all boats in the mould of 2005 or 2010.

The News Matrix: Tuesday 24 December 2013

Cut in top rate gives bank bosses £100m

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Artificial heart 'just a pump' like real one

In February the General Synod will debate a motion that calls for a change to the rule requiring clergy to wear formal vestments at services

Surplice to requirement? Church of England may cast off vicars’ robes

Anglican clergy could be allowed to cast off their robes if Synod backs motion

Sales of champagne – especially in Britain – have slumped for the second year in succession

France is drowning in champagne as Britain loses taste for bubbly

Sales fall flat under pressure from cheaper alternatives

The last post has been sounded in Liverpool, but elsewhere print media is finding its voice again

The wise knew the demise would be slow. Bill Gates gave newspapers another 50 years

Janna Bullock, who sold property in Moscow, New York and London, is a society figure in Manhattan

The Duke of Westminster, the property tycoon and the missing millions: Britain's richest man may be called as witness in a multimillion-pound fraud claim

The case relates to a house in London's exclusive Eaton Square that the duke once sold

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

Anthony Rose on wine: Los clásicos

With each passing year, the Wines from Spain Awards throw up more variety and better quality across the board. Chosen from nearly 1,000 wines, the top awards demonstrate that while rioja is still a vital part of what Spain does well, there is so much more to the country’s wine today in style, in quality and in value. Spain in many ways is Europe’s greatest hope for a challenge to the New World dominance of the past two decades.

Foxlow, Clerkenwell, London

Foxlow/Rextail: Restaurant reviews - It's behind you!

It’s pantomime season, so let’s embrace the theme, with a cast of traditional stock characters. To cheer for, we have a couple of home-grown food heroes, Huw Gott and Will Beckett, whose excellent Hawksmoor group of steak restaurants recently scored a multi-million-pound investment from a private equity firm, taking the affable duo from bar-owners to moguls in a few short years. Their first opening since the buyout is called Foxlow, a casual neighbourhood eatery in the creative hub of Clerkenwell.

Tim Key: ‘I’m in the midst of an office Christmas party. I feel like such an outsider’

One asks what I’m writing and I pretend I’m German

8 best last-minute Christmas gifts

There may only be four days to go, but there's still time to snap up some great pressies for all the family

A bin of corks used as evidence in the trial of wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan

US wine dealer who made $1.3m by selling ‘vintage’ stock made in kitchen facing up to 40 years in prison

Renowned seller made fortune from bogus bottles sold to rich American collectors

Colin Farrell has revealed that he enjoyed an unusually close relationship late actress Elizabeth Taylor before she passed away in 2011 aged 79.

A holiday with sparkle: Get into the festive spirit with a visit to Europe's finest spots for fizz

It's easier than ever to cut straight to the source of Europe's wine regions

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Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
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