Will a biodynamic wine become Bordeaux’s first single-vineyard AOC?

By Jane Anson

20 FEB 2013

You wouldn’t think that the wine that was named ‘greatest of all’ by one of the most influential wine media in the world would have difficulty getting quality approval in its own back yard.


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