[Jane Anson] James Gregoire and Lam Kok shared the same vision that La Rivière would provide a near-perfect spot for a Relais & Chateaux-style hotel, and the plans for the hotel are moving forward now.
[Jane Anson] Eric Boissenot's reticence to push himself forward is almost as legendary as his winemaking skills, but there is one subject in which, if you can get him to talk about it, he is utterly fluent; the Médoc.
[Jane Anson] ‘Right now, selling Opus One is easier than selling all the First Growths put together,’ one merchant told me. ‘It’s like En Primeur used to be, with demand outstripping supply.’
[Jane Anson] As a part of a rising tide of new entrants to Bordeaux, Réné-Philippe Duboscq has just returned to Bordeaux and moved into careers in wine.
[Jane Anson] Why is so much wine that originally being sold and shipped is coming back in to France?
[Jane Anson] In the past decade, Ronan Laborde has taken Chateau Clinet from being one of Pomerol’s slumbering chateaux to one of its most exciting.
[Jane Anson] It’s not hard to see why Caroline Perromat couldn’t walk away from her husband Xavier’s family estate when succession issues forced its sale in 2012.
[Jane Anson] The real interest was the glimpse these auctions afforded into the wine habits of the elite club that runs the country.
[Jane Anson] However positive these figures are, almost everyone expects a vertiginous drop in 2014.
[Jane Anson] What does it mean to the organic vineyards in France if a subsidiary of the Ministry of Agriculture is going around prosecuting organic winemakers for not applying insecticide to their vines?