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BI founder and MD Gary Boom’s love of wine was sparked in the 1980’s while working in the City with businessman Michael Spencer on a project which became ICAP. ‘It was a magnum of Latour 1970 shared with Michael and his father that really opened my eyes,’ he says. With offices in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Los Angeles, BI, known until early 2016 as Bordeaux Index, provides customers with wines from Burgundy, Italy, Champagne, California, Spain and spirits, as well as Bordeaux where it all started. BI strives to offer the best stock available at the best prices coupled with a customer service experience fit for the discerning HNW. The introduction of BIX, their live valuation and broking system, gives clients clarity and control over their reserves, and they are able to offer the unique guarantee of a ‘you sell’ price for almost 500 of the world’s top wines through their Live Trade platform, a two way market-making screen providing live bid and offer prices. Boom loves Rhone wines at the moment. ‘The reds have long been among the best value ‘fine wines’ in the world, and the whites are quite unlike any wines made anywhere else in the world with their amazing balance of floral, stone-fruit richness and incredible textures.’ Top-class Champagnes are great value too. ‘A 98-pt rated Dom Perignon from a legendary vintage such as 2002 still looks a snip compared to even a moderate vintage of First Growth Bordeaux or Grand Cru Burgundy.’

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