Christopher Burr, MW

Chris Burr MW
  • Previous International Head and Director of Wine at Christies Auction House.
  • One of only 420 MW’s from 30 countries worldwide.
  • Has worked extensively with the FBI in New York and Interpol in Europe to combat the production of counterfeit rare bottles.

Christopher has been involved in the wine business for over 45 years, and his interest started even as a school boy and student. In the 1970’s whilst living in Margaux and working for Alexis Lichine, he developed his knowledge of vineyard management, winemaking and the commerce of wine. He subsequently worked with many great producers importing, marketing and selling their wine.

Christopher passed the rigorous, highly demanding and prestigious Master of Wine exams in 1995 at the first attempt, winning the Villa Maria Prize for his papers on Viticulture.

Before establishing his own wine advisory business he was the International Head and Director of Wine at Christies Auction House, and led many seminal tastings and sales of great collectables during the late 1990s.

Christopher very much believes that wine should be part of every civilised way of life, not pretentious or “geeky” but to be shared with friends and with good food.

by Christopher Burr, MW, 18th November 2020

Master of Wine Christopher Burr's Latest Articles


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Laithwaites in the forefront of the discovery of some exquisite Provence Rose's
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 20/09/2022 I have a number of longstanding connections with rose' wines, I was involved with the marketing a Mateus Rose' in the 1980's, helped by Princess Margaret who often asked for "that slightly fizzy pink wine in the pretty bottle"! And I was the agent in the Uk for Domaine Ott, then brand leader in Provence rose' and other good wines. So it was with some sadness to see the sales of rose' wines decline as they became so unfashionable in the 1990's…
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Wine52 explores the Rhone!
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 15/08/2022 After an auspicious start with their wine selections from Portugal and Spain, expectations are high for where they might find other goodies. The Rhone has always been one of the best places in otherwise expensive France to find great value, with lots of interesting wines to match with great regional gastronomy. There were one white Rhone and two reds. The white called "Glou Glou" was a white Ventoux from the southern Rhone, a blend of Claireitte…
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Rediscovering Great German Wines
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 17/07/2022 I have had the pleasure over the last week or so to be giving wine lectures upon a delightful river cruiser travelling up the Rhine and Mosel Rivers, and visiting some of the most celebrated wine- producing vineyards in the world. German wines have a varied history with British consumers. At the time of Queen Victoria and following her marriage to Prince Albert of Saxe Coberg Gotha, wines from the Rhine and Mosel rivers were extremely fashionable…
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Buy 6, Save 10% at Selfridges
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 12/06/2022 We have recently reviewed the excellent wine selection offered by Selfridges, on their easy-to-use website, but the store is always worth a special trip to visit. These are not the usual selections one might find in most supermarket or grocery stores; this is an interesting and carefully selected range. It is difficult to find something that one wouldn't wish to try. Lots of smaller growers and all pretty up-scale stuff! These are not the least…
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Why the Asda Extra Special Range lives up to it's name!
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 27/06/2022 The ASDA wine and spirit range has changed notably over the last year or two, but has always been one of the most sound of the supermarkets. There has been a move by the buying team to find good value well made wines under the "Extra Special" range, which are the most well known in the UK market and the biggest sellers. Previously they had equally good wines, which they had discovered from little known areas and little known grape varieties…
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