Andrew Jefford

The Natural Wine Fair in London in May

Calumny? Or was it apostasy? What I wrote about natural wines in August's edition of Decanter magazine harvested more personal communications to me that any other I have written.…

Domaine de la Romanee Conti

For most of the last decade, I’ve acted as the wine-list consultant to a London restaurant. The list isn’t laden with first-growth verticals. Instead, we try to make it as…

montalcino

The fatal hour has been and gone. Montalcino producers have, in the end, decided to reject the possibility of creating three different Rossi, two of which would have been pure…

Pommard

I admire the growers of Pommard. In fact, if I was writing headlines for a British tabloid newspaper, I'd probably call them 'Have-A-Go Heroes' (the combination of pluck and foolhardiness…

Temperature

It's been a torrid couple of weeks. The thermometer crossed 40°C (104°F) in Gers and Haute-Loire on August 21st; Lyon had a week or more of afternoons at 37°C (98.6°F),…

Britagne

"To my ear, 'Britagne' evokes Pomagne, a Bulmer product conceived and advertised back in the early 1900s as 'Super-Champagne Cider de Luxe' under the banner ‘Hereford – The English Rheims'..."

Luck

My own view is that the prosperity of Bordeaux’s elite is, like most things in life, a matter of luck. At present, three very lucky strands have come together for…

Andrew Jefford

First France’s appeal court, and now the European Court of Human Rights. Jefford investigates what is fair comment in tasting notes...

Picking in Bordeaux Harvest

The ‘harvest 2010’ edition of Les Vins d’Alsace talks of the regulations surrounding vintage...let me offer you a few insights into just how far the tentacles of the French bureaucratic…

Crushing grapes for wine

I drink more red wine than white. Why? Because it has guts: a textural and extractive dimension, leached from the skins and pips during and after fermentation.

clos de tart

Back in May, I had a chance to renew my acquaintanceship with the wines of Clos de Tart, the 7.5 ha walled Grand Cru wedged between Bonnes Mares and Clos…

spain

In the good times, wine is a cultured pleasure, an intimate exploration of nature's diversity through the prism of agricultural skills.