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Nov 1

Beaujolais Nouveau Time is Almost Here

Like Wine? You Gotta Try the Beaujolais Nouveau!

It’s November, and for those of us in the know, the 3rd Thursday of the month is a big deal. This day marks the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau wine!

South of Burgundy is a wine region known as Beaujolais. The climate is a bit warmer than Burgundy, so the Pinot Noir grapes popular in Burgundy don’t thrive so well in Beaujolais. That’s ok, though – there’s another grape described as a cousin to Pinot that grows very well in the area: the Gamay grape.

The Beaujolais region had always produced a wine celebrating the end of the harvest – basically, they’d make a wine, and it would be aged only a few weeks before being consumed. It wasn’t until World War II that this young wine could be purchased outside of the region. Marketers saw the potential in selling this wine elsewhere, and in the 1970s, the release of the wine had attracted a lot of media coverage. By the 1980s, the wine could be purchased in other countries in Europe, and in 1990s, it made its way to North America and Asia.

Beaujolais Nouveau

Fun fact: La récolte (the harvest) of these grapes is all done by hand! This can take up to 35,000 people working 15-20 days!

I know what you’re thinking – wine gets better with age, so why bother having some that’s only sat for a few weeks? The shorter the wine’s fermentation process, the fruitier it will be. Plus, this quick process means the wine will be less tannin. Qu’est-ce que c’est ? (What’s that?) You know how sometimes when you drink wine, your mouth tastes a bit dry afterward? That’s tannin.

These two characteristics combined produce a drinkable wine that pairs with almost anything. I was in Whole Foods the other day with my friend, and in the wine section, they were passing out samples of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau. Another customer tried it and commented on how well it went down and how normally he doesn’t like wine. This makes a very nice intro wine!

I’ll drink to that.

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Aug 18

Welcome to our New Updated Wesbite

You are on our Shiny Updated Website.

At Clé France, we are always looking to improve your experience searching for the perfect French property.

Your dreams can begin by searching and navigating our new website.

We have recently updated our website to include many more features and make your experience a whole lot better, or at least we hope we have done that, what do you think?

Some improvements we have made are:

* Mobile Friendly - Your experience using the site on a tablet or mobile device is much improved including viewing images of properties for sale.

* Larger image sizes - We have increased the size of our images so you can view the properties for sale in even greater detail.

* For Sellers - We have simplified the process of listing your property for sale with Clé France. Take a look at the 'Selling' tab for more good news, there is no charge now. 

* Sharing and Social Media - We have made it easier than ever for you to share your favourite properties with Friends and Family.

* Removed Clutter - We have made a big effort to remove clutter from the website and give you a bright, clean and clear screen so you can enjoy the fabulous properties for sale. 

* Website Security - With a dedicated server any data stored on the website has the latest security measures protecting it.

* Meet the Team - We have introduced a new page where you can 'Meet the Team' and contact any of us to ask questions you may have or indeed enquire about our services.

There are always improvements to be made on the website, so we value your feedback.

So take a tour of the new Clé France website and let us know what you think.

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Aug 2

Rate Alert: Pound set to Plummet

Today there is an important rate meeting.

While it’s widely expected the Bank of England will hike rates, it doesn’t make a lot of sense.

The UK economy has the slowest growth of the G7 economies. And there’s plenty of Brexit uncertainty that lies ahead.

The irony is that even if the Bank of England raises rates, it may in fact trigger a fall in the Pound, not a rise.

That’s because any rate rise today is likely to offset by a cautious outlook.

If you have exposure to the Pound, please contact us now for current exchange rates and guidance.

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To discuss current exchange rates and currency purchasing strategies, please contact your trader today on 01872 487 500.

If you don't yet have an account please request a free quote and we’ll look after you from there.

Have a great day,

Geoff Lambourne - Direct Dial me on 0044 (0)1872 487 470.

Current rates: 

Wednesday 2nd August 2018 at 12:00

£1.00 GBP = 1.1252 EURO

£1.00 GBP = 1.3075 USD

£1.00 GBP = 1.7764 AUD

£1.00 GBP = 1.9361 NZD

£1.00 GBP = 1.7044 CAD

£1.00 GBP = 17.5827 ZAR

Need to Send Money Abroad?

At Clé France, many of our customers have a need for currency exchange.

We are pleased to have partnered with Key Currency to offer our customers favourable exchange rates on international currency transfers.

Key Currency is an award-winning currency exchange specialist, Key Currency Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority as an Authorised Payment Institution (Financial Services Register No. 753989) and experienced in executing high-volume transactions.

As a Clé France website visitor, you qualify for preferential exchange rates when you transact through Key Currency.

Save money on your foreign currency transfers

Key Currency can save you money by offering more competitive rates of exchange than retail banks.

Clients can typically save you 3-4% of the total transaction value, which can result in significant cost savings.

All client funds are held in segregated accounts with top-tier banks keeping your money safe and secure.

Download our "Buying A Property in France" Guide PDF document.

Concerned about Brexit? download our "Buyers Guide to Brexit" PDF document.

For everything you need to know about French property visit www.clefrance.co.uk 

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May 25

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Apr 30

Currency News - How will Amber Rudd's resignation affect the Markets

GBP: Rudderless Pound takes a beating

The Pound had a shocker on Friday after GDP figures (economic growth) were the worst since 2012. The dip in the UK economy has caused a real stir in the City, with many analysts now believing the May rate hike is all but cancelled. 

The pain could continue today after Home Secretary Amber Rudd has resigned. That’s Teresa May’s 4th Cabinet member to quit in the last 6 months. 

EUR: Volatility returns

The Euro has been a bastion of stability for the last 6 months or so, but in recent weeks volatility has returned. 

Against Sterling, the Euro has been whipsawing up and down. It’s not been without reason. 

Both the UK and the EU have had a raft of poor data in recent weeks. The Bank of England and European Central Bank look to be retreating back to the shadows after threatening to change policy. 

If the Euro is to bring back buyers the data needs to improve, but tomorrow there’s a forecast fall in EU and Italian GDP, which won’t help the situation.  

USD: A potential spanner in the works

Unlike the UK, the US delivered a solid GDP reading on Friday. At 2.3% annualised, growth in the US is almost double that of the UK. 

The main event this week is the US Federal Reserve’s May meeting, which runs over Tuesday and Wednesday. No rate change is expected, but it should offer up clues on future rate rises. 

One potential spanner in the works is that four of President Trump’s top advisors head to China later this week for trade negotiations. Trade with China remains a volatile issue. 

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Thanks For Reading, What Next?

To discuss current exchange rates and currency purchasing strategies, please contact your trader today on 01872 487 500.

If you don't yet have an account please request a free quote and we’ll look after you from there.

Have a great day,

Geoff Lambourne - Direct Dial me on 0044 (0)1872 487 470.

Current rates: 

Monday 30th April 2018 at 14:50

£1.00 GBP = 1.1385 EURO

£1.00 GBP = 1.3745 USD

£1.00 GBP = 1.8229 AUD

£1.00 GBP = 1.9523 NZD

£1.00 GBP = 1.7654 CAD

£1.00 GBP = 17.0767 ZAR

Need to Send Money Abroad?

At Clé France, many of our customers have a need for currency exchange.

We are pleased to have partnered with Key Currency to offer our customers favourable exchange rates on international currency transfers.

Key Currency is an award-winning currency exchange specialist, Key Currency Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority as an Authorised Payment Institution (Financial Services Register No. 753989) and experienced in executing high-volume transactions.

As a Clé France website visitor, you qualify for preferential exchange rates when you transact through Key Currency.

Save money on your foreign currency transfers

Key Currency can save you money by offering more competitive rates of exchange than retail banks.

Clients can typically save you 3-4% of the total transaction value, which can result in significant cost savings.

All client funds are held in segregated accounts with top-tier banks keeping your money safe and secure.

Download our "Buying A Property in France" Guide PDF document now.

For everything you need to know about French property visit www.clefrance.co.uk 

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