I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught."—Winston Churchill. Every day, it seems, we read or hear about dissatisfactions in American schools, from kindergarten through post-doctoral training.
The Perrin family, owner of Chateau Beaucastel in Chateauneuf du Pape, and co-producers of Chateau Miraval with Brad and Angelina Jolie-Pitt, has opened a pop-up wine store at Avignon TGV train station that will run from May to September 2015.
Buying two years before the wine is bottled doesn't just tie up cash but it's a gamble and worth it only in a great vintage, fairly priced. Judging by the critical reaction, 2014 is unanimously thought to be good, but not great.
Writing on erobertparker.com (£), Parker wrote that despite the “train wreck” that was the pricing and release strategy which characterised that woeful campaign, “what stands out about the bottles 2012 Bordeaux is that they performed as well, if not better, than the barrel tastings.”
Imagining a Better Future for the Soils of Champagne. In Champagne, like in many of the world's most famous wine regions, vineyard land has become egregiously expensive. According to winemakers I spoke with on my recent visit, one hectare (about 2.5 acres) now sells for more than 1.5 million euros. Prices for grand cru vineyards go even higher.
A survey has just revealed that people will claim to like a wine more if they think it’s more expensive. Are we all just kidding ourselves that we can tell the difference between a good and bad bottle?
Although I have never wanted to make wine myself — too much of a control freak to be in thrall to nature, too impractical to manage it — I always fancied my blending skills. But a recent session with Bordeaux’s most admired consultant oenologist was
Nicolas Audebert of Canon and Rauzan-Segla has told Decanter.com that both estates should release Bordeaux 2014 wines within the next 10 days, but others remain coy - despite Mouton Rothschild selling well this week.
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