Jane Anson is Bordeaux correspondent for Decanter, and has lived in the region since 2003. She is author of Bordeaux Legends, a history of the First Growth wines (October 2012 Editions de la Martiniere), the Bordeaux and Southwest France author of The Wine Opus and 1000 Great Wines That Won’t Cost A Fortune (both Dorling Kindersley, 2010 and 2011). Anson is contributing writer of the Michelin Green Guide to the Wine Regions of France (March 2010, Michelin Publications), and writes a monthly wine column for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, where she lived from 1994 to 1997. Winner of Prix Baron Philippe de Rothschild and graduate of DUAD tasting diploma with Bordeaux Institute of Oenology. Accredited wine teacher at the Bordeaux Ecole du Vin, with a Masters in publishing from University College London.
Jane Anson talks to estate agents worldwide about the state of Chinese investment in vineyards - and how a new law in China could change things.
Jane Anson picks five inspirational wine stories that she has come across in 2015, her first year writing weekly columns for Decanter.com. Read about them here.
How can you get the most out of tasting wine? It's a personal conversation between you and the contents of your glass, but remember that most of what’s important is said only in retrospect.
Negociants are clearing the decks for a highly anticipated Bordeaux 2015 vintage, but even a very good crop of wines will not be a silver bullet for en primeur, reports Jane Anson in the second part of her behind-the-scenes look at this year's harvest.
[Jane Anson] As anticipation around Bordeaux 2015 rises, what are the courtiers up to? What do the consultants think? And which château has flown in guests for a lavish end of harvest party? Jane Anson goes behind the scenes.
[Jane Anson] And yet, despite this making Lamont one of the most significant players in Bordeaux, for years journalists would routinely run out little more about Haichang than to describe its owner.
First up, you should know that most of the people that I interviewed about the fallout of Bordeaux 2014 don’t want me to name them. So you’re just going to have to trust me that these are serious players with true inside knowledge of what is
[Jane Anson] We are here because these remote mountains almost certainly are about to challenge the existing wisdom of where to grow quality wine in China.
[Jane Anson] I started thinking this week that maybe we should lay off the stick a little bit more, and bring out the carrots.
[Jane Anson] In theory, the first tranche is the most alluring aspect of the whole system, in fact the very point of its existence for wine lovers; a good price as a reward for paying upfront for bottles that won’t be delivered for two years.