2005 Cheval Blanc

Hidden Gem of the Month: 2005 Cheval Blanc Offers the Best Wine Investment for Your Money

In the film Sideways, a character muses, “You know, the day you open a ‘61 Cheval Blanc…that’s the special occasion.” The main character in the film is obsessed with 1961 Cheval Blanc, and for good reason; in its best vintages, it’s one of the finest wines in the world. But the 2005 Cheval Blanc received…

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Wine Inheritance Tax

In France, Inheritance Is a Privilege, Not a Right: What the Wine Inheritance Tax Means for Estates

In the 1930s and 1940s, French winemaking families could easily pay off even the steepest wine inheritance tax within one harvest season. Today, paying off inheritance taxes on vineyards can take 10 years or more on family-run estates. Domaine Armand Rousseau’s Eric Rousseau explains, “It’s even more crippling for domaines that have difficulty selling their…

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