Andrew Jefford

Languedoc

Andrew Jefford takes a look at the work of one of the Languedoc’s most influential wine consultants and tastes some of the wines he has helped create.

Weingut Emerich Koebernik, German Riesling

Andrew Jefford finds an up-and-coming group of German winemakers, dubbed Generation Riesling, emerging from a country with a strong vineyard tradition...

UK alcohol guidelines

Andrew Jefford examines the proposed UK drinking limits and comments made by Britain’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies...

Château Wiala in Fitou, Languedoc-Roussillon

Andrew Jefford provides an organic wine health check ahead of France's biggest organic wine show, in Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon...

Villa Maria vineyards, Gimblett Gravels

See Andrew Jefford’s tasting notes on Gimblett Gravels wine from the 2013 vintage – scroll down this article In the established wine-growing zones typical of Europe, each new vintage promises…

Joy of Terroir January 2015

Back in November, I reported on a conversation with Philippe Guigal – but omitted the final intriguing remark he made: ‘Wine is also a dream.’ I’ve heard other wine producers…

Tenuta San Guido (Sassicaia) vineyards

Dinner with Sassicaia Something like this isn’t meant to occur in Europe, where wine has been made for thousands of years. The event I’m thinking of was what took place…

Massolino vineyards in Barolo

You’ll all know that the new (fourth) edition of The Oxford Companion to Wine has been published.  Santa will, I’m sure, drop it down many wine-lovers’ chimneys with a house-shaking…

A view across limestone vineyards at St Jean de Bebian, Languedoc

Winemaker Samuel Guibert of Mas de Daumas Gassac, who divides his time between France and California, noted in a recent interview with The Drinks Business magazine that Languedoc needed more…

Jefford on Monday RdV estate, Virginia

Jefford on Monday: Old Dominion Classics Jim Law of Linden Vineyards was remembering the 2013 vintage.  Acorns were scarce that year: late freezes and spring damp had led the oak…

Jefford, Pic St Loup, Languedoc

In a week’s time, the 2015 Climate Change Conference will begin in Paris: an event of significance not so much for our planet (which has undergone dramatic and sometimes rapid…

Vineyards on La Mouline, Rhone

Jefford on Monday: Is Rhône 2015: the best in 50 years? It’s looking like a great 2015 vintage throughout the Rhône valley, as everywhere else in France. The Guigals measure their…

Penfolds

Jefford on Monday: He clipped through London this September to show off the company’s 2015 releases around a month before they were officially unveiled — in Shanghai.  More of those…

Petit Manseng grapes in Virginia

Jefford on Monday I was on best behaviour, of course, but the windiest Atlantic hurricane since Igor in 2010 would have thrown cars around and squashed the homes of those…

Pinot Noir grapes in Burgundy

​Jefford on Monday: The concept of vintage fidelity is an intriguing one. Is it an absolute or a relative ideal? Some see it as a kind of annex to terroir:…

Wine shop in China

I think it’s inevitable — given that China’s population is more than four times larger than that of the USA; given that most Chinese drinkers regard wine as health-bringing; given…

Raventos harvest

My last harvesting experience was with Languedoc Cinsault: big, blobby bunches that had contrived to grow themselves tightly around both tendrils and training wires. Within minutes, you had sticky hands…

Raventos i Blanc

Raventos i Blanc, L’Hereu 2012 Rating: 17.5/20pts, 91/100pts Using Macabeu as ‘the structural base’, L’Hereu has classic Catalan scents of straw and dry grass freshened with a little green plum.…

Jefford Bichot harvest, Burgundy

La Moutonne, Chablis Grand Cru, Long-Depaquit 2013 93 pts From just 2.24 ha in Vaudésir plus a 0.11 ha nibble of Les Preuses, this lieux-dit monopole among the Grand Crus…