The Unexpected Source of affordable authentic wines made by small independent producers (S.I.P.) - Bordeaux! We don't hear about them much but Bordeaux is a source of wonderful, affordable authentic wines made by passionate wine producers. Wines made by real people with stained, gnarled hands and soil on their shoes who are struggling to let … Continue reading Where to S.I.P. affordable Bordeaux Wine!
"A harvest like the one we have just completed makes us even more aware, if that were necessary, of the importance of gambling - and luck - in the success or failure of a vintage." A detailed vintage report (via Jancisrobinson.com) from Aubert de Villaine (co-owner and director of Domaine Romanée Conti the 4.5 acre vineyard of … Continue reading Burgundy 2012: Aubert de Villaine – Quickfooted succeeded
In a story that resembles a Thomas Hardy epic (or a Marcel Pagnol tear-jerker), the EU court of human rights ordered for the illegitimate son, Christian Pascaud, of St Emilion château (Château Badette) to be awarded damages of 2.7 million euro after a court battle lasting eight years. According to winesearcher, the property was sold this … Continue reading Court of Human Rights gives rightful heir of St Emilion chateau damages of 2.7 million euro
Painful dissecting of the Master of Wine tasting exam by Richard Hemming (works with Jancis Robinson), one of the 18 out of 92 contenders who passed the exam this year. Not yet a fully fledged Master of Wine, Richard has to complete a discertation to achieve this honour and become one of the 300 MWs in … Continue reading The Master of Wine; The world’s toughest tasting exam with 20% pass-rate
With the delay of the onset of botrytis, which did not arrive until mid October at the same time as the wet autumnal weather inevitably, many smaller producers produced non-botrytised sweet generic Sauternes and dry wines this year. When the botrytis finally arrived its development has often been stopped by many rain showers which also encouraged the … Continue reading Sauternes 2012; still hanging in there