Christopher Burr, MW

Chris Burr MW
  • Previous International Head and Director of Wine at Christies Auction House.
  • One of only 380 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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Chris Burr Reviews Black Stump Durif Shiraz
The Black Stump range of wines are a premium range from the hugely successful Casella family, who emigrated to South Australia from Sicily in the late 1960's. They had been making wine since the 1820's and have gone on to set up one of the most successful wine businesses in Australia. Now exported all around the World, this wine is a good example of what Australia can produce in skilful hands. I suppose it is not surprising that this wine has the rich weight (14.5%) and intensity, ripe round…
Christopher Burr
The Laithwaites Wine Christmas Case 2020
Laithwaite's Wine have got your Christmas all wrapped up, with their aptly named 'Christmas in a Box' wine case. 12 Bottles to see you through the most wonderful time of the year and at an irresistible price of just £83.88 with FREE delivery! Master of Wine Christopher Burr explored the selection and is here to tell you just how to enjoy these wines during your own Festive Celebration. For any celebratory occasion a glass of fizz is always required and Il Papavero Prosecco Brut makes the ideal…
Christopher Burr
Great Value Wines From Majestic
What makes a wine expensive is not just quality or cost of production, usually very valuable land costs, but fame, being fashionable and well known, and also scarcity. It is sad that some of the best well known wines are often overpriced as a result. I don’t want to name names, as there are very good, worthy exceptions most of which have helped build the fame and reputation over many years. But there are wines coming from famous regions like Sancerre and Chateauneuf du Pape, to name just two…