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March’s top 10 news stories on decanter.com

> Red wine increases the female sex drive
March 24, 2009
Red wine increases the female libido, research has found. Full story…

> Liv-ex creates new 1855 Classification
March 6, 2009
Liv-ex, the fine wine exchange, has re-calculated the 1855 classification according to price – and there’s a new wine in the First Growths. Full story…

> 2008 Bordeaux Right Bank: top quality but no takers?
March 12, 2009
Right Bank producers claim the 2008 vintage has produced ‘miraculous’ quality but fear there is no market for their wine. Full story…

> Austrian red wine earns top Parker kudos for first time
March 5, 2009
For the first time, a red wine from Austria has earned 95 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Full story…

> Bordeaux first growths must send ‘shockwave’
March 3, 2009
First growths must ‘send a shockwave’ by releasing their prices straight after the en primeur tastings in order to save the 2008 campaign, a prominent negociant has said. Full story…

> Majestic snaps up Lay & Wheeler
March 6, 2009
Leading UK chain Majestic wine has bought wine merchant Lay & Wheeler for £6 million. Full story…

> Latest development in ‘intelligent’ wine barrels
March 27, 2009
The latest ‘intelligent barrel’ technology claims to tell winemakers when their wine has finished aging, and how often a top up is required – all thanks to an ‘intelligent band.’ Full story…

> Farr Vintners Bordeaux boycott ‘not an idle threat’
March 23, 2009
Farr Vintners has threatened to boycott next week’s en primeur tastings in Bordeaux unless the majority of châteaux halve their prices for the 2008 vintage. Full story…

> Chateau de Sours winemaker dies
March 25, 2009
Sebastien Lamothe, the winemaker at Chateau de Sours in Bordeaux, has died aged 35. Full story…

> Lafite makes historic move into China – EXCLUSIVE
March 27, 2009
In a historic move, Bordeaux first growth Chateau Lafite is developing a vineyard in China. Full story…

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