Andrew Jefford

Debating Diam, cork tree

A bright June day in Chablis gave me a chance to talk (and taste the pristine, beautifully classical 2012s) with Alain Marcuello at Fèvre and then Benoît Droin. Both, I…

Niedermorschwihr

The tasting room lies at the back of the house, at the top of a flight of steps.  Jean Boxler’s wife Sylvie welcomed me.  I waited: a pretty, light room;…

EU referendum

As Britain’s referendum on membership of the European Union approaches, Andrew Jefford looks through his wine glass at the campaign...

Vines in Châteauneuf du Pape

How much Châteauneuf du Pape do you have in your cellar? In the 1997 revision of his outstanding book on the Rhône (Wines of the Rhône Valley), Robert Parker said…

Schist vineyards in Roquebrun, Languedoc, Jefford

Over the next couple of years, I’ll be intermittently profiling a number of France’s greatest wine co-operatives. For two reasons: first, because they often offer some of the best value…

The mistral wind blows through Châteauneuf vineyards.

Introducing the mistral wind It was grey and overcast when I climbed aboard the train for Avignon, and barely brighter when I got off. When I reached Châteauneuf du Pape,…

Domaine d'Aussières, Languedoc, Jefford

The French consider themselves a highly logical nation (the customary shorthand for this is ‘Cartesian’, derived from the name of the philosopher and mathematician René Descartes) – yet in practice…