December, 2012

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Jefford on Monday: In the Arms of Earth and Sky

Perhaps we're all biased, but the wine drinker's year seems one of unrivalled sensual excitement: we can relish the scents of distant places, and taste time itself via a seasonal…


Meursault Premiers Crus 2010

Decanter experts give their verdict, tasting notes and drinking windows on Meursault wines from the Burgundy 2010 vintage.

Eric Michel and Lydia Bourguignon

Jefford on Monday: Tastes from the Torrent

My 24th year as a surrogate drinker is drawing to a close. 2012 has been a torrent of stimulation, some of the highlights of which I'll describe this week and…

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Chateau Rieussec will make no 2012 vintage

Chateau Rieussec, the Sauternes estate owned by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) has joined Chateau d’Yquem in announcing that it will not be making a 2012 vintage wine.

Jacques Lardiere

Jefford on Monday: Chasing the Numen

Jacques Lardière, one of Burgundy’s best-known (and best-loved) winemakers, is retiring from Louis Jadot, for whom he has worked for over 40 years. You probably already know this: like any…

Chateau de Labourons

Louis Latour cements Beaujolais presence

Maison Louis Latour has just taken an 18-year lease on Chateau des Labourons in Fleurie – an important move in their long-term plan for Beaujolais presence.


Freezing temperatures bode well for Eiswein

Freezing temperatures across Germany in the nights of 8 and 9 December have ushered in a promising Eiswein harvest – for some estates the first for many years.