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Regions outside of Bordeaux continued to hold the spotlight this week as several key releases were announced from Italy and the New World. Bordeaux’s trade share dropped back below 70%, and Champagne and Italy continued to power ahead. Bordeaux First Growths represented 32% of all trade: a drop on last week but still above the weekly average for the year.  

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Champagne’s trade share was boosted by high levels of activity for the recently released Taittinger, Comtes 2006, described by Antonio Galloni as “nothing short of magnificent both times I have tasted it” (97+). From Italy, Sassicaia continued to feature in the tables, this week with its 2010 vintage (96 AG).

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Clerc Milon 2012 traded in high volumes this week. At the end of April, Robert Parker upgraded it from a barrel range of 87-89 points to an in-bottle score of 92. Before the upgrade, it traded at £289 per 12×75. Prices did not immediately react, but its most recent trade at £380 represents a 31% increase.

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