Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Chateau Haut-Brion Wine Crate

The revered First Growth vineyard of Chateau Haut-Brion creates the most unique wooden wine crate in Bordeaux. It's far from your standard size and has a honeycomb style insert format to allow for 6 bottles to be on each side as opposed to 6 on the bottom and 6 on the top.

For design  purposes it's most often mixed with the other 4 First Growth crates in a wine room or cellar montage. It can also be used as a side table since it has a good width and length.

Dimensions of a Chateau Haut-Brion wine crate: 21" L X 15" W X 6" H

Personally I like it the way it is and due to it's length and width it's easy to stack other wine crates on top of it as a base.

The branded design on the front is elegant and old world. The winery was purchased by a conglomerate several years ago but they didn't attempt to make any significant changes to the vineyard process at all. They kept the traditional ways intact.

The year of the crate in the picture above is 1982, which is arguably the 20th century's best vintage in Bordeaux. The wine itself is a bit past it's peak, but any lover of Bordeaux wines is familiar with how spectacular this vintage was.

We happen to have a 1982 Haut-Brion in stock! If your interested please let me know. It's priced at $99 plus $11 shipping. It's extremely rare and your not likely to find another anytime soon. The value of it's collectability can't be understated, as all the 1982 First Growth wines were sold out long ago leaving the original wine crates incredibly scarce.


Monday, September 26, 2016

How to Make a Wine Panel Wall

We recently added this DIY post to the Wine Crates and Boxes website. Visit this link to take a look:

How to Build a Wall with Wine Panels


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Chateau Latour Wooden Wine Crate

Chateau Latour is my favorite of the 5 First Growth wine crates and I'll tell you why:
  • The wine is rare. It's got the smallest production of all the 5 Growths
  • Due to the wine being so rare, very few cases are made per vintage making Latour wine crates scarce.
  • Investing in Chateau Latour wine has traditionally been a good idea. Because of the small production, rarity and name recognition, buying the wine crate could also be considered an investment.
  • I love the design! The lion represents St. Joan of Arc standing on the Castle Rouen. As a history buff I find that fascinating.
*Latour also produces a 2nd and 3rd label that has the tower of Saint Lambert branded on them, This isn't to be confused with the Castle Rouen, 

Most vintages of Latour make a standard-sized wine crate (19 1/2" L X 13" W X 7" H). Since the year 2000 though Latour has been changing the size of their bottles, in-turn making their crates oversized. This is also what's happening at the Mouton Rothschild First Growth vineyard. I'm not sure who started it...

Mild design changes of the Latour logo also happened since the 2000 vintage. The Lion and castle have remained the same more or less for the last few hundred years, but the text style and sizes did get larger.

I once saw a Chatesu Latour wine crate from 1969 with a similar lion and castle. It was gorgeous but had a much more vintage kind of feel to it. I'll try to get a picture at some point so you can see the difference.

My opinion is that if your looking to enhance the design of your home or wine cellar than you can't go wrong with a Latour wine crate from any year. Between the historical value and highly detailed design, it'll surely catch your guests eyes when they enter the room!

At the moment we only have a handful of Latour crates in stock so contact me if your interested in one.