Sotheby’s offers taste of Krug 1915 Champagne for $15,000

Sotheby’s offers taste of Krug 1915 Champagne for $15,000Wealthy wine lovers will be given the chance to taste 100-year-ancient Krug 1915 vintage Champagne at a Sotheby's New York auction this September. The Krug 1915 will feature as part of a two day tour and tasting.Bidding for a two-day tasting at Krug cellars in Champagne will start at $15,000, Sotheby’s said.
The LVMH owned Champagne house has promised to uncork one of only four remaining bottles of Krug 1915 vintage in its cellars, as part of a tasting that will encompass Krug vintages spanning the past 100 years.
Sotheby’s’ auction, to be held on 25 September, comes amid higher interest in vintage Champagne amongst the world’s wealthiest wine lovers.
Olivier Krug will lead the tasting and there will also be a vineyard tour that is to include some of the description of the 1915 vintage in Champagne – which took place during World War One. Read more

Google Street View offers virtual tours of California wineries

Google Street View offers virtual tours of California wineriesVirtual visitors to California can now take a panoramic tour of dozens of the state’s wineries thanks to new additions to the Street View feature in Google Maps.
Users can effectively explore California wineries, such as Frog's Leap The internet giant has added 360-degree panoramas of nearly 80 of California’s 1,000-plus wineries as part of an initiative that has extended Street View to more than 200 new locations across the state.
Via a ‘See Inside’ tab, internet surfers can now enter the premises of a number of leading producers, including Dry Creek Vineyard, Frog’s Leap, Schramsberg and Artesa.
Using the ‘See inside’ tab, users can effectively explore California wineries
‘Delight in the sunny elegance and wonderful scenery at wineries like William Hill and Wolff Vineyards,’ said Google Street View program manager Deanna Yick in a blog post.
‘Explore the drums where wine is aged at Quintessa Winery previous to enjoying the open-air patios that overlook the green hillsides of northern California.’
Yick said the addition of the new locations to Street View was designed to offer ‘a peek of what awaits you along Route 101’, adding: ‘With Google’s headquarters nestled alongside the San Francisco Bay in Mountain View, Calif, this imagery of our fantastic state is especially close to our hearts.’
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Vinexpo 2015: Domaine de Chevalier party offers wine treasure trove

Vinexpo 2015: Domaine de Chevalier party offers wine treasure troveThe 15th Tour de France des Appellations at Domaine de Chevalier event in Pessac Leognan is the moment when the world of fine wine lets its hair down, with top Burgundy, Champagne and vintage Port uncorked, many in jeroboams and magnums. Olivier Bernard addresses a press dinner to mark the opening of Bordeaux 2014 en primeur week. (Image credit: Eric Frick / Decanter)Olivier Bernard, ever the party host, pictured here at Bordeaux 2014 en primeur week.
The 15th Tour de France des Appellations at Domaine de Chevalier event in Pessac-Leognan is the moment when the world of fine wine lets its hair down at Vinexpo 2015.
Whereas black tie has been the dress code for the last two evenings, no tie of any kind is required. Instead, this is an annual knees-up celebration where ancient friends reunite, laugh, gossip and drink truly memorable and magnificent wine.
As ever, Olivier Bernard is the genial host, while Olivier Leflaive, in his trademark ‘chapeau’ takes the role of side-kick and stand-up comedian. After their welcoming pre-amble both introduce a roll-call of the world-class winemakers who had brought a bevy of special bottles to make this un-missable party swing into the ‘wee small hours’.
It would be invidious to list all of them and besides, it would take too long. So here is a brief selection of some of the family producers and wines on show. First of all, Olivier Bernard had generously provided the glorious 1995 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc in magnum. And the 85 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge (from Jeroboam) wasn’t too terrible either.
From Burgundy, Erwan Faiveley generously served his Domaine’s 2008 Bienvenu-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru en Methusalem and an equally stunning 2007 Grand Cru Latricieres-Chambertin en Jeroboam. Not to be outdone, Olivier Leflaive gave his sublime Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St Marc 2010 – also from Jeroboam.
Pol Roger’s Hubert de Billy was clearly in party mood and happily shared vintages of Pol Roger (2004 and 2008) and Cuvee de Winston Churchill 2008. Olivier Zind Humbrecht is another larger than life character who dug deep. The Alsacien brought his Riesling Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain Grand Cru 2011 and his Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann, Clos St Urbain Grand Crus SGN. Both were further than words.
The same could be said of the 2001 Chateau de Beaucastel Rouge and Chateau de Fuisse’s Pouilly Fuisse Vieilles Vignes 1998 (from Jeroboam). And from the Loire, Alphonse Mellot had brought a glorious Sancerre Rouge – his En Champs 2012.
And though this was primarily an all-French affair, Dirk Niepoort was the honourable Portuguese interloper.
And he certainly didn’t let the side down. Not least because he’d hand-picked some remarkable large format wines including his 2008 Batuta and Charme Reds, both in gargantuan 18L bottles. But that was by no means all. He’d also opened two 14L bottles of Niepoort Colheita 1987 and a similar sized bottle of Niepoort Garrafeira 1931, both of which slipped down with considerable ease. All things considered, it was yet again quite a nighttime and quite a party.
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