Jane Anson

Unauthorised Parker biography ignites passions

Hanna Agostini, Robert Parker's one-time representative in Bordeaux, is publishing an unauthorised – and by all accounts highly inflammatory – biography of the world-famous critic.

Buying limits on Foire Aux Vins

Buying limits are being imposed in French supermarkets to stop wholesale wine merchants snapping up blue-chip wines at knock down prices in the Foire aux Vins.

Merlot harvest  begins in Pomerol

The Merlot harvest began in Pomerol last Friday (September 14) reportedly for young vines on some Moeuix estates, and chateaux on the plains.

Petit Verdot on the rise in Bordeaux

Petit verdot, one of Bordeaux’s lesser-known red grape varieties, is on the rise according to figures from the Bordeaux wine trade body (CIVB).

Cru Bourgeois to rise again with new name

The beleagured Alliance des Crus Bourgeois is set to fill the vacuum left by last month’s government decision to scrap the 2003 classification and ban its mention on wine labels.

Chateau Latour sued for cutting allocation

A Bordeaux wine merchant has successfully sued Chateau Latour for dropping its allocation of en primeur wine - and plans to return to court to demand further compensation.

Tesco may offer Bordeaux en primeur

Tesco may offer its customers Bordeaux en primeur next year – a move that will cause seismic changes in the 400-year-old industry.

First carbon-neutral vineyards in Bordeaux

Despagne Family vineyards has instigated a programme for biofuel and waste management in an attempt to create a carbon neutral vineyard, the first one in Bordeaux.

Vinexpo opens with chaos for South Africa

Vinexpo opened yesterday amid chaos for the South African contingent, whose entire delivery of sample wines had been stopped on the French Belgian border.