[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.
[Jane Anson] Is it possible to grow vines naturally resistant to the Big Three diseases of mildew, oidium and botrytis (rot), and therefore avoid spraying altogether?
[Jane Anson] For a traditional red wine region such as Bordeaux, it is in theory super easy to make the switch to rosé production.
[Jane Anson] Today, Vernay is most likely to be found in the vines on the high granite slopes of Condrieu or among the baking soils of Cote Rotie or Saint Joseph.
[Jane Anson] Although the miraculous 2010 vintage at Duhart Milon shows clearly that this property is deservedly having its moment, it is L’Eglise Clinet that gets the kind of adulation that music lovers reserve for rare-edition vinyl...