[Andrew Jefford] A ‘death warrant’, apparently, had been drafted for the wines of Sauternes and Barsac; a ‘terrible menace’ was thus hanging over Yquem, Rieussec, Suduiraut and their like.
Some wines please; others both please and inform. The 8 wines listed are some of those which taught Andrew Jefford most this year.
[Andrew Jefford] Lucky us: still together, and with wine in our glasses.
[Andrew Jefford] France badly needs a dose of Wine Pride. It might, just might, be on the way back for 2015.
[Andrew Jefford] Every wine culture needs an avant-garde, a revolutionary fringe or a dissident rump.
[Andrew Jefford] Like all entrepreneurs, Maltus isn’t shy about embracing opportunity; any opportunity.
[Andrew Jefford] Chardonnay sings in many of these places in South Africa, producing balanced and drinkable wines which have completed their phenolic journey in evident serenity.
[Andrew Jefford] South Africa’s not a nation with a red-wine vocation which happens to make a lot of white wine, thanks to the varietal legacy of its brandy-drinking past. Instead, its white-wine aptitude may well outweigh that of its reds.
[Andrew Jefford] For truth to landscape, you could say that Limoux is the most typical appellation of the South of France. It’s just that no one else apart from the Limouxins troubles to make wine in the lonely, airy confines.
[Andrew Jefford] The general question about how one’s tastes in wine evolve over a lifetime is harder to answer. I asked some friends and colleagues about this, and discovered that everyone’s tastes had changed – but never in exactly the same direction.