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si_aprilmay13.jpgBy the time this issue reaches you I will be in Bordeaux tasting barrel samples of the 2012 vintage, en primeur. En primeur or wine futures refers to the process of buying wine before it's bottled and released on the market. Continue reading Reva K. Singh's Editor's Note which discusses the contents of the latest issue of Sommelier India.

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Shiv B Singh, Sommelier India co-publisher and I have been participating in these tastings since 2008. Over four packed days we taste several hundred wines, quietly jotting down our impressions of the wine. These notes, written up and published, will later be the basis on which potential buyers and the public form their opinions about the quality of the vintage. Why buy En Primeur? Find out in the next issue and on our blog.

Prince Robert de Luxembourg is managing director of Domaine Clarence Dillon, owner of Châteaux Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion, and the great- grandson of American banker, Clarence Dillon (1882-1979), who purchased Haut-Brion in 1935. La Mission was bought in 1983. The prince took control of the two properties a few years ago.He has great faith in the future of the Indian market and believes his wines will do well in India. Ruma Singh interviewed him for us in Bangalore (p44).

Priyanka Dhar revisits the historic wine auction at the Hospices de Beaune (p34) where hundreds of barrels of the recent harvest are sold to the highest bidder in a charity wine auction.The auction has become a major commercial event attracting wine exporters and aficionados from around the world including new players from Russia, China and even India.

Burgundy and Bordeaux are among the greatest wine regions in the world without a doubt, but another historic wine appellation that should not be forgotten is the Chianti region of Tuscany. Chianti has made a huge comeback and its wines are going from strength to strength. Read about Chianti's latest quality classification (p24) and decide which wines to drink from our Tasting Panel's recommendations.

Finally, don't miss our Cover story by Brinda Gill. As Grover Vineyards and Vallée de Vin clinch the Grover Zampa partnership (p16), here's hoping we can look forward to Indian wines that get better and better.

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