Jane Anson

Amazon France

Starting on 23rd September, the number of products available on Amazon France is around three times more than the average supermarket in France, according to industry observers. But so far…

Bardenas desert, Foto viña invierno y Diego

This week, Game of Thrones is filming its sixth series in the Bardenas National Park. My guess is that not many of the 8 million viewers, or even the 1,200…

Bordeaux red harvest

Saint-Estèphe has recorded between 50 and 60mm of rain, while Margaux is a little lower at around 40-50mm depending on location, and 58mm recorded overall at the central Mérignac weather…

Cru Bourgeois

75 per cent of the 276 members voted in a secret ballot for the change at an AGM held on September 18. It will mean that the current ‘Reconnaissance Cru…

Chateau Lafitte, Cotes de Bordeaux

Chateau Lafitte said that it has won the right to sell its Bordeaux wine under its own chateau name in China. But, first growth Chateau Lafite Rothschild declined to comment…

Chateau d'Yquem

The science of oenology is surely due a rebrand. Just as the best computer programmers are now coding superstars with their own agents, the profile of those working to uncover…

Gerard Depardieu

In an interview with a France’s TV Magazine, owned by Le Figaro newspaper, Gerard Depardieu was quoted as saying ‘I no longer want anything to do with this country, even…

Cité des civilisations du vin

The decision has been taken to simplify the original name Cité des Civilisations du Vin and to instead call the attraction the more straightforward Cité du Vin. Bordeaux mayor Alain…

Chablis flowering

Just when Burgundy winemakers dared to hope for the first hail free growing season for several years, storms arrived during the evening of Monday 31 and early hours of 1 September.…

Bordeaux travel

Bordeaux resident 
Jane Anson picks out the best places to go in the city, by the river and in the vineyards.

Francois Holland, Vinexpo

The Constitutional Council rejected an amendment to the Evin Law that had been backed by Parliament and was intended to give educational bodies and wine tourism operators more freedom to…

The winemakers

Filming is planned to go ahead in spite of delays to airing series two of The Winemakers show. PBS, America’s public broadcaster that is 100% sponsor-funded, is expected to show both series two…

sauternes, trainline

Bordeaux‘s sweet wine producers are concerned the proposed high speed trainline connecting Toulouse, Bordeaux and Dax is close to being approved. Sauternes producers sent an open letter to president Hollande…

Roederer vineyards, Champagne

Maison Louis Roederer has been granted the status of ‘pepiniériste privé’ in France, meaning it is able to run a private vineyard nursery to grow its own rootstocks and control…

Issy les Molineaux, Paris

Most French households have a pot of Blanc de Meudon somewhere in their kitchen cupboards. One particularly well known brand sees the white powder housed within a clear plastic jar,…

Burgundy

Back in May, the region was given six weeks to tighten up its pitch before the UNESCO World Heritage committee voted on new inclusions to the list of protected cultural…

Lake Chamblain

The application for the proposed Champlain Valley of New York AVA was submitted by Colin Read of North Star Vineyard on behalf of the Lake Champlain Growers Association. They are…