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FINE WINES

At Real Wines we have a carefully selected range of our favourite fine wines from each vintage.

Our fine wine range focusses mainly on Bordeaux, our favourite producers from Burgundy, some rare old Champagnes, top Rhone reds and Supertuscans.

Our fine wine investment tips 2017 / 2018
Bordeaux’s “hot” chateaux

Right now we would specifically recommend buying well-priced vintages from any of the following Bordeaux Chateaux, which have been on a noticeable upward trend (in quality and price) over the past 5-8 years:

  • Chateau Calon Segur, St Estèphe (new ownership and complete quality focus.)
  • Chateau Montrose, St Estèphe (new ownership and complete quality focus.)
  • Chateau Pichon Lalande, Pauillac (huge investment in the cellars and vineyards where they have converted to biodynamics.)
  • Chateau Pontet Canet, Pauillac (completely biodynamic since 2008 and reaping the rewards of this conversion.)
  • Chateau Clerc Milon and Chateau D’Armailhac, Pauillac (both made by the Mouton Rothschild team; the quality of both wines keeps getting better and their distinctive “clown” logos are rapidly gaining popularity and recognition in Asia.)
  • Rauzan Segla, Margaux (always one of the top quality wines from AC Margaux, has seen a consistent improvement in quality over the past 12-15 years.)
  • Haut Bailly, Pessac Léognan (from great vintages such as 2009 and 2015 this chateau is one of Bordeaux’s real stars.)
  • Figeac, St Emilion – since employing Michel Rolland as consultant winemaker in 2012, this chateau has seen a gradual modernisation in style. Also, Neil Martin (Bordeaux journalist for the Wine Advocate) is a much bigger admirer of this chateau than Robert Parker used to be, and its scores have risen sharply since he took over responsibility for assessing Bordeaux’s wines.
  • La Conseillante, Pomerol – this chateau has one of the very best terroirs in Pomerol yet continues to be priced significantly below its more illustrious neighbours – Vieux Chateau Certan, Evangile, Petrus and Cheval Blanc!
Burgundy 2015

We would recommend you search out the top 1ers and grands Crus Burgundies from the region’s best-respected producers in the newly-released 2015 vintage; not easy to lay your hands on, but this exceptional vintage will only get more difficult (and expensive) to procure in the future.

The Rhone Valley 2015

2015 was a GREAT vintage in the Northern Rhone, and extremely good also in the Southern Rhone. Top Cote Rotie and Hermitage reds from the great producers such as Guigal, Chapoutier, Ogier and Chave are likely to increase in value over the coming years.

Italys’ Supertuscans 2013

There are still many of the best Supertuscans from this wonderful vintage available on the market at reasonable prices. I believe this is one of the finest vintages the area has ever seen and famous wines such as Masseto, Sassicaia and Solaia will surely go up in price consistently in the years to come.

Our fine wine drinking tips 2017/2018

Quite simply we’d recommend any of the above Bordeaux chateaux from recent vintages (2009 – 2016 excluding 2013) or selected older vintages. And their second wines where relevant, which at around one third of the price of the “grand vin”, generally offer good value.

We would add to this list the following:

  • Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou and its second wine La Croix de Beaucaillou
  • Chateau Palmer and its second wine Alter Ego de Palmer
  • The second wine of Chateau Margaux – Pavillon Rouge
  • Domaine de Chevalier Rouge and Blanc
  • Tertre Roteboeuf and its “second” wine Roc De Cambes
  • Vieux Chateau Certan and its second wine La Gravette de Certan
PORTFOLIO ADVICE

Paul would be happy to offer his personal advice and experience if you are starting a new cellar, improving  your current cellar, or looking to sell some fine wines.

FINE WINE TO CELEBRATE SPECIAL ANNIVERSARIES 

There are few better ways to celebrate a year that was special to you than by drinking a wine made in that year, from grapes which lived and experienced the rain, the wind and the sun of that year, and which therefore reflect that year more profoundly than any other souvenir.You can of course watch television clips, read newspaper articles or listen to music from your special year, and this will no doubt bring back vivid memories. But wine is a living memory, a REAL experience of the conditions of that vintage.

There can be no more soulful way to relive a specific period in time.
But of course not all wines will taste great after 40, 50 or more years. And different vintages were strong or weak in different wine regions. If you would like our recommendations of the best wines to drink from specific years, please contact Paul on paul@realwines.ch . He would be delighted to source these wines for you at fair prices.

OUR FINE WINE STORAGE SERVICES

If you’re spending the significant amounts of money required to buy the best fine wines, then you need to make sure that you store your purchases in perfect conditions.

Only then will they hit the peaks in quality they are capable of, and if you ever decide you’d rather resell a case of fine wine than drink it yourself, the wine’s resale value will also be maximised if it has been stored perfectly over its lifetime.

If you buy your fine wines from Real Wines we would be happy to store your wines in our secure and perfectly equipped cellars near Zürich.

The temperature in our cellars is a constant 14-16 degrees Centigrade and your wines would only be moved when you ask for them to be delivered to you. Our storage charges, including insurance and all other costs, are CHF 2.- per 75cl bottle per year, so CHF 24.- per case of 12 bottles per annum. If you have wines you would like to store with us, then we would be happy to do this if you spend over CHF 1’500.- on buying wine from Real Wines first.

FINE WINE EVENTS 

The best way to learn about fine wines is to taste them, and the most economical way of doing this is in a group to share the high cost of each bottle.If you would be interested in attending our fine wine events in the future, please contact us