These are the millionaire giants that the small independent family wine producer have to compete against. They have the power and the distribution networks to take over markets. They are driving out the small Producer who makes their money uniquely from selling wine. Bordeaux is no longer a level playing field. Bernard Arnault of LVMH – owner … Continue reading France’s Wealthiest Wine Giants mostly from Bordeaux, no longer a level playing field
The 'en primeur week' black teeth week is nearly upon us when the world's wine trade and press (around 3000 people) arrive to taste and judge the new baby vintage. This traditional system of selling wines (initially developed to finance the expensive oak barrels) is criticised for being too early and unrepresentative of the finished wine. … Continue reading Bordeaux En Primeur 2012. Does the system work?
I would go further and say that the wine expert is also on his or her way out. The internet has made wine transparent, debunking the myths that surrounded it (perpetuated by the experts perhaps). What is important with something as subjective as wine is what the individual likes. There is no universal taste. The power of … Continue reading The Wine Writer is a dying breed says wine writer Andrew Jefford