[Andrew Jefford] Is there a conflict between brand and terroir? Can you express terroir in a brand without using appellation as a primary focus? Here’s a story.
[Andrew Jefford] It didn’t seem to attract much notice at the time, but the Casa do Douro was finally declared bankrupt and wound up at the end of 2014, with debts of €160 million.
[Andrew Jefford] Wow: how the Gigondas has advanced in the last decade, and what a special place it seems to be!
[Andrew Jefford] I have the significant lemon in front of me. What, though, should I do with it? I’m not sure. Here’s its story.
[Andrew Jefford] There is no more fretful decision in a winemaker’s year that choosing exactly when to send in the picking troops.
[Andrew Jefford] Australia’s resource boom may be drawing to a close, but there is no stopping the deep-cast mining of wine statistics and data at the University of Adelaide’s Wine Economics Research Centre under its energetic Executive Director, Professo
[Andrew Jefford] Most great terroirs, I’ve come round to believing, can produce different sorts of compelling wine.
[Andrew Jefford] In contrast to elsewhere in France, 2013 was a superb vintage in Languedoc-Roussillon. For whatever reason, the world is thirsty for the wines of my adopted region at present.
[Andrew Jefford] The 2012 DRC wines are singularly beautiful wine objects, after all, and tracking the play of their lineaments might teach us something about wine beauty more generally.
[Andrew Jefford] Mindful that any serious Premier Cru white burgundy now costs over 500 euros for a 12-bottle case, I thought I’d take a look at the Loire valley’s most credible alternative to white burgundy: Savennières.