This may be the cleverest piece of vineyard sourcing I’ve ever come across, and it led to the creation of one of France’s most enduringly successful Vin de Pays (now IGP) wines.
It’s a classic start: anthropology student turns cellar-rat, and goes tank-cleaning his way around France, Hungary, Romania and South Africa...
Maturation potential: is this the difference between ‘good wine’ and ‘fine wine’? Not simple endurance, in other words, but the way in which a wine’s infant beauty is able to modulate, to deepen and to blossom as the years eddy by.
The mood in Burgundy in the final week of June was as luminous as the skies.
On and on they roll, the hills, one after another, combed to perfection, retreating grandly into the heat haze, frilled and filled out with copses of trees, threaded with pale tracks, and crowned with farmhouses and towers.
[Andrew Jefford] French wine producers will have lived with the 1991 Loi Evin (a law framed for ‘the struggle against tobacco addiction and alcoholism’) for a quarter of a century next January, but it remains a source of contention. It’s been back in the
I tasted more great red wine in four days of visits in Barolo and Barbaresco this May than in any similar trip I’ve ever made, here or elsewhere.
‘There’s an island spirit here,’ said Gérard Bertrand’s viticulturalist Richard Planas, as we toured Limoux together. ‘It’s an island inside a continent.’
Do wine-competition medals abuse the consumer’s trust?
[Andrew Jefford] A few weeks ago, a friend from Hong Kong sent me the two ‘mind maps’ for grape varieties.