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Christopher Burr, MW

Chris Burr MW
  • Previous International Head and Director of Wine at Christies Auction House.
  • One of only 502 MW’s from 31 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.

Learn more about his experience as a Master of Wine here.

by Christopher Burr, MW, 14th September 2023

Master of Wine Christopher Burr's Latest Articles

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Is Riesling the greatest white grape?
18/09/2023 If you search retail websites for the most popular grapes, invariably Riesling doesn't feature, and often a search for most popular country doesn't feature Germany, the home of Riesling. You have to search for white wines, then it comes up, as everywhere stocks some Riesling wines. But it is true that almost every other grape is more popular: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio coming top of the popularity list. Even grapes unheard of a few years ago, like Picpoule, or…
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The best recommended low and no alcohol wines
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 11/08/2023 There comes a time for all of us, when we just don't want any more alcohol. It could be as simple as being the designated driver, or the need to be clear headed the following day. In fact I generally shy away from drinking high strength drinks...perhaps one cocktail occasionally! But since I started enjoying and appreciating wine, fifty years ago, in my early 20's, when the average strength was 11% alcohol by volume, 12.5% in a really warm vintage…
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Explore Wines of the World with Wine52
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 03/08/2023 I have just received the latest three bottle pack from Wine52. Before I talk about the wines, I have to commend them on the magazine they include each month, appropriately called GLUG. It is packed with most interesting and often provocative articles. Wine needs to lead to discussion and debate. The first piece called "Fermented Grape Juice" is properly educational. It explains that unlike other drinks, it is not a simple manufactured product. It…
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Famous and upcoming wines of the Loire
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 24/07/2023 One of the oldest and most vineyard planted parts of France is the Loire valley. Historically important with some of the greatest Chateau and home of the Aristocrats, and its proximity to Paris always guarantees a high demand for good wine. Being one of the most northern and cooler parts of France, the reds are light and fresh, some lovely Pinot Noirs and Cabernet Francs, perfect for summer days, slightly chilled. My favourite Sauvignon Blanc comes…
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Now is the time to drink Beaujolais
By Master of Wine, Christopher Burr 17/07/2023 I have always been a fan of good Beaujolais. My first introduction was the other side of France, in Bordeaux funnily enough, on the lawn of Chateau Lascombes in Margaux for a wedding reception in 1970. The bride was related to the now "king" of Beaujolais, Georges Dubouef, and he had provided a special selection of the single village Beaujolais, Julienas, in magnums. I can even remember the label which read, in the first person "Je m'appelle…
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