[Jane Anson] 2011 was a year that was too light on fruit in some instances, but that many estates in Cotes de Bordeaux produced brilliantly drinkable bottles.
[Jane Anson] The technical information is detailed, clear and completely open – a real insight into a host of innovations, from massal selection, biodynamic practices to treatment of press wines.
[Jane Anson] Speaking as someone who sees new wine gadgets appearing with great regularity, I can tell you that everyone sitting around the table at lunch was clearly thinking (and most of them saying), ‘when can I get one?’
[Jane Anson] Just because 2013 is a difficult vintage, does it deserve to have its en primeur cancelled?
[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.