EXCLUSIF Les notes attribuées par ce dégustateur ont une influence colossale sur les consommateurs, notamment américains. Son regard sévère sur la production bordelaise devrait se traduire par une sérieuse chute de prix.
Fashions in the wine business change over time, with the latest phenomenon being a lessening of the use of 100% new oak barrels for the production of fine wines. Twenty years back, the trend was for all new oak both in white and red wines, which meant they often had a rather smoky/caramel flavour for the reds and a buttery vanilla style with the whites, especially Chardonnay or White Burgundy.
John Forrest's February call for his fellow Marlborough growers to think about moving towards 'a self-enforced appellation system … with strict controls over yield and quality' broached a topic which, I suspect, we will hear a lot more about in the next few years.
The Cabernet Franc grape is one of the least understood and most underappreciated of the major red grapes that go into a traditional Bordeaux blend. Somehow it has become the equivalent of Rodney Dangerfield in the world of wine.
I love Bordeaux, no smirking at the back, I really do. I love the wines and the intricacies of the region with its complex characters, its fascinating dynasties and, well, there’s no other wine quite like great Bordeaux.
Two years ago, in a London restaurant, I had my first encounter with Sarget de Gruaud-Larose which is the second wine of Château Gruaud-Larose in Saint-Julien. It was a 1997, so not a spectacular vintage and already more than 10 years old and still, I was more than impressed by its quality.
Antinori's Tignanello 2008 has officially reached the status of wine bling. One of a handful of Italian wines (particularly Super Tuscans) set to climb in price over the next 12-18 months, out of reach for the majority of UK wine buyers as Chinese collectors and oenophiles begin to buy up Italian "status" wines.
The Off Licence News is reporting that the UK faces a cut in wine funds as tough trading conditions take their toll and new markets look more appealing: “the heads of leading wine marketing bodies have warned that support for the UK...
There’s something of a cottage industry that has emerged in trashing the reputation of wine experts. Richard Quandt of Princeton wrote an hilarious essay entitled “On Wine Bullshit.” Bob Hodgson had his two devastating papers about wine competitions. The Wine Trails books suggest high-volume, low-priced wines are all that you’ll ever need. The WSJ got in on the action too a while back.
The pipeline has dried up. Five or six years ago, almost any casual wine enthusiast could launch a WordPress or Blogger blog, write a post about each new wine he drank—from the plonk to the good stuff—and wait for wine samples to come pouring in.
In Pursuit of California Balance. Clumsy. Overripe. High alcohol. Over oaked. Fruit driven. Massive. Sweet. Made for Mr Parker's Palate. The historical stereotype of California wine, like all stereotypes, has a basis in truth.
Weinlaubenhof Kracher, Burgenland, Austria: Current Releases. When it comes to dessert wines, most people have heard of Sauternes or ice wine (location unspecific). Perhaps some have heard of Tokaji, the sweet wines of Hungary.
The Taste of Zweigelt. If you can tear yourself away from the gorgeous facades and ancient spires of Vienna, to head south-southeast as if your goal is Hungary, you quickly leave behind the cultured world of music and stone, and cleave through soil...
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