Laboratory testing of 92 French wines from across the country found pesticide traces in every bottle, including those made from organically-grown grapes, consumer organization UFC-Que Choisir reported.
A case of Chateau Petrus 1971 Pomerol and two of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild ’82 are among top Bordeaux on sale at Bonhams in London in September, along with Romanee-Conti Burgundy and wines from Italian grower Sassicaia.
A case of 2009 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, a second-growth Pauillac wine estate, sold for a 15-month high of 1,195 pounds ($1,920) on Liv-ex amid demand for growers beyond Bordeaux’s top five.
In 1863, vineyards in France’s Rhone Valley began to sicken. Leaves drooped, the fruit did not ripen, and inevitably the plants died. Vast tracts were affected, yet no one knew the cause of the catastrophe.