One of China's largest hotel companies, New Century Tourism Group, has provisionally agreed to buy Chateau de Birot in the Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux appellation, as Chinese investors continue to pursue vineyard deals across France.
Three men have been fined and sentenced to prison for an attack on a group of Chinese wine students in Bordeaux, which left one victim requiring surgery.
[Jane Anson] Given the usual clichés of Chinese purchases in Bordeaux, the aim with Chinese-owned Vignobles des Quatre Vents is to expand rather than contract the previous distribution model.
[Jane Anson] Many of us just don’t realise the basic fact that decanting is really all about chemistry, and instead see decanting as a way to honour a wine.
[Jane Anson] I spent one of the most perfect mornings of the year, out in the vines, helping to bring in a tiny proportion of grapes for the 2014 harvest at this most legendary of Champagne houses.
[Jane Anson] En primeur remains the most visible methods of selling, and if chateaux get it wrong again next year, it will be the whole of Bordeaux that suffers.
[Jane Anson] There’s very little of the medieval city of Bordeaux left around here, but for those of us that are looking, though, there are still a few traces.
[Jane Anson] While it’s unarguable that Bordeaux needs to reassess how to talk to consumers, being the canary in the goldmine – as Latour is right now – is never a comfortable place to be.
[Jane Anson] Just one week in to this September harvest season, and there have been funerals held in the Médoc for two legendary figures.
[Jane Anson] Even after all of this dedication, this sheer bloody toil, the price in bottle of a Saint Joseph, whether grown on the hills or on flat land, will be largely comparable.