Toscana 2015 by Andrea Franchetti

Toscana 2015 by Andrea Franchetti

 A long harvest at Val d'Orcia September 17 A yellow color is in the air in the Val d'Orcia, and the days have become solemn: autumn! Ripeness is entering the grapes; wine is made from fruit when it has changed it's taste a few times at the very end of its course; every year at this time I start walking the vineyards to taste the merlot, which ripens before the other grapes. Each year is different and it will take me a few days to understand where we are. I think that after tomorrow…Read more
Jerez: pleasure & frustration

Jerez: pleasure & frustration

By Jens Riis I admit to having a major weak spot for sherries (and other fortified Spanish wines). Over the years I’ve had many chances to enjoy these great wines; but, the low level of interest I perceive in Spain makes for serious concern & frustration. The saying “nobody is a prophet in their own land” defines it to perfection; from what I can see, sherries continue to out of sync with consumer preferences in this country. I seldom see people ordering a fino in a bar or restaurant; that said there have…Read more
Vallée du Rhône 2015 by Michel Tardieu

Vallée du Rhône 2015 by Michel Tardieu

Vintage in "5", vintage which bring good luck. Often... Spell of the years in «5»? The fact is that, in recent decades, Vintages ending in «5» –1985, 1995, 2005, and 2015– , carry success stories, in Vallée du Rhône, but also, more generally, in the whole of the Vineyards of France. It must be said that 2015 put the odds on its side, with almost optimal climatic conditions for each and every season of the year! Thus, winter is rainy, allowing vines to benefit from good water reserves. Spring awakening is somewhat late…Read more
Bordeaux 2015 by Vieux Château Certan

Bordeaux 2015 by Vieux Château Certan

Gentle strength This year, everything combined to make the vintage a success: superb weather allied to a mature vineyard enabled an outstanding vintage. A cool and sufficiently rainy winter, followed by a magnificent spring, brought about a quick and homogeneous budding of the vines. A good flowering followed, helped by fine weather at the end of May and beginning of June. Hot weather during July brought a substantial water deficit in the vineyard. This amazing summer period caused the skins of the grapes to thicken and along with fine end-of-the-season weather this enabled…Read more
Bordeaux 2015 by Bordeaux Vins Sélection

Bordeaux 2015 by Bordeaux Vins Sélection

A Great Vintage After the complications of the three previous years, we had waited impatiently for a vintage such as this. Thanks to the unusually perfect climatic conditions, we had everything we required from bud-break to harvest. The sunshine and the dryness allowed little chance for illnesses to take hold. Such a level of enthusiasm, as much for the quality as for the excellent volume harvested, hadn’t been seen from the winemaking community for a long time. From Saint-Emilion to Saint-Estèphe passing by the Graves, smiles returned to faces. 2015 is assuredly a…Read more
Jacques Thienpont on Pomerol – An interview for Vila Viniteca

Jacques Thienpont on Pomerol – An interview for Vila Viniteca

How would you describe the Pomerol landscape? You can divide Pomerol into three distinct zones. There is the highest point of Pomerol, the plateau, which includes all of the top estates –Pétrus, Vieux Chateau Certan, L’Evangile, La Conseillante, Le Pin, Trotanoy and Eglise Clinet; then you have the slopes that go from the plateau down to the plain where you find excellent chateaux such as La Croix de Gay, Gazin, Feytit Clinet, Nenin and finally there are the chateaux which are on the sandier soils such as Clos de Réné, Chateau de Sales,…Read more
Bordeaux 2014 by Vins Sélection

Bordeaux 2014 by Vins Sélection

2014, a great vintage miraculously saved The story of the 2014 vintage started in an atmosphere of worry and concern. We were expecting the worst but a miracle  took place: an incredible Indian summer which gave light to a certain optimism in the place of  more somber predictions. Indeed, September proved to be a source of joy for the vignerons of the region with its perfect warn and breezy weather. A great vintage? To be honest, it is too soon to make such claims but we can say that it already displays certain…Read more
Robert Parker, the most significant phenomenon in the fine wine trade for the past 50 years

Robert Parker, the most significant phenomenon in the fine wine trade for the past 50 years

By Christopher Cannan My relationship with Robert Parker dates back to 1981 when I received a phone call requesting we organize a visit to Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe in Châteauneuf-du-Pape for Mr. Parker, a lawyer and author of a little known local wine newsletter near Baltimore in the U.S.A. Little more was heard about Bob Parker until early 1983 when he claimed the 1982 vintage in Bordeaux was the vintage of the century and must not be missed by any serious collector and lover of Bordeaux wines. Robert  Finigan, the most influential wine…Read more
The fascination and frustration of Bordeaux

The fascination and frustration of Bordeaux

By Andrew Black Back in the late 1970s, looking for my first job, I sent a letter to several prominent London wine merchants, saying that I had a passion for wine. Could they help? One of them, Laurence Hayward, responded with a short but encouraging message. “Anyone with a passion for wine”, he said, “deserves an interview”.  And so my career in wine began, but not quite in the way I imagined after receiving that letter. My interview was short and Mr Hayward was to the point. “If you want to understand wine…Read more
Have we fallen out of love with Bordeaux?

Have we fallen out of love with Bordeaux?

By Fiona Morrison M.W. As I sit down to write this, Bordeaux is in the middle of “en primeur “ week at the end of March/beginning of April.  This is the moment, when Bordeaux presents its new vintage, worthy of viewing or not, to the wine world.  The quality of the vintage, indeed the question of whether a vintage should be purchased “en primeur” has become rather irrelevant. So important is it to see and be seen in Bordeaux that if you wanted to keep a foothold in the business, you join the masses…Read more