[Andrew Jefford] Forceful, ebullient, ruddy, hale, perhaps abrasive: that’s what you’d expect of a former rugby international turned wine merchant.
[Andrew Jefford] The case for using slightly bulkier drones to make spray treatments seems irresistible. How, though, will it be possible in a country which has decided to ban all aerial treatment of its crops?
[Andrew Jefford] Bizarre is perhaps the word which best sums up the 2014 growing season in the Northern Hemisphere.
In Burgundy, the small vineyard parcel (cru or lieu-dit) is sacrosanct. In Bordeaux, the property name is sacrosanct.
[Andrew Jefford] I’ve never taken part in a true blind tasting. Have you?
[Andrew Jefford] The only European vineyard I know intimately is celebrating, tomorrow, the fortieth anniversary of its planting.
[Andrew Jefford] Aren’t lower yields, after all, a fundamental quality key to the best contemporary Bordeaux?
[Andrew Jefford] To me ‘vinous’ is a precious tasting term, and a distinctive quality of certain wines only. The term is of value not least because vinous wines seem to me to be eminently gastronomic and digestible.
[Andrew Jefford] Given the granite sands, the steep slopes, the shy plants, the low yields and the rich, perfumed, low-acid, stone-dense flavours, it’s not hard to see Albillo Real from the Gredos as a kind of Spanish echo of Viognier or Condrieu.
[Andrew Jefford] The Kurniawan trial marked the end of innocence in the wine world; the verdict marks the end of trust.