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History of Wine in 100 Bottles: Prestige Cuvées

Prestige Cuvée champagnes don’t get a massively good rap among normal wine drinkers. They’re fiendishly expensive and they often seem to be drunk only by celebs and Eurotrash who’ve definitely…

Portalegre, Alentejo

Portugal whites: Grape guide

Alvarinho Lead variety in Moncão e Melgaço, Vinho Verde: aromas of honeysuckle and fruit, ranging from ripe citrus, pear, peach and apricot. Fresh palate. Loureiro Lead variety in Lima, Vinho…

Champagne cellar

How to store Champagne at home

Michael Edwards’ guide to laying down Champagne Six Champagne vintages for your cellar 10 Champagnes to lay down Some experts say, surprisingly, that all Champagne and sparkling wines should be…

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Six Champagne vintages for your cellar

Read Michael Edwards’ guide to laying down Champagne How to store Champagne at home 10 Champagnes to lay down 2012 A brilliant August and a warm rainless September has shaped…

Barolo, La Morra, Piemonte

History of Wine in 100 Bottles: Barolo

For most of the last 100 years, Barolo has been talked of as Italy’s leading wine. Brunello di Montalcino (currently very trendy in Italy) takes a tilt at it now…

takaji

History of Wine in 100 Bottles: Tokaji, 1571

I’ve always presumed it was the gorgeous taste of Tokaji that first made it famous, or indeed its legendary restorative powers that had the great and good of Europe queuing…

Burgundy

2013 vintage guide for white Burgundy

Weather Conditions The miserable flowering period and the savage hailstorms in July severely reduced the crop of Chardonnay. The vines continued their slow maturation during the summer months and then…

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2013 vintage guide for red Burgundy

Weather Conditions Just as Burgundy growers were picking themselves up after the battering they received from Mother Nature in 2012, the nightmare started all over again. Sunlight scarcely made an…

Burgundy

2012 vintage guide for white Burgundy

Weather Conditions Frost afflicted Chassagne especially, but little damage was done. There was also hail in St Aubin, Beaune, and Chassagne on June 6,  but as flowering had only just…

ClosdesLambrays

2012 vintage guide for red Burgundy

Weather Conditions Spring was chilly and damp, and there was some frost, but nothing too dramatic. Continuing rain led to a difficult flowering, which in some places took a month…

Burgundy

2011 vintage guide for white Burgundy

Weather Conditions An early flowering led to expectations that this would be an early harvest, and this proved to be the case. However, there was many a hazard between flowering…

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2011 vintage guide for red Burgundy

Weather Conditions Spring was warm, and flowering was early, at the end of May, promising an early harvest. Then the climate started playing its usual tricks. The early summer was…

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2010 vintage guide for white Burgundy

Weather Conditions Chardonnay did not suffer quite as badly as Pinot from the difficulties at flowering, but nonetheless crops were reduced. The cool, rather damp summer was not a particular…

Burgundy

2010 vintage guide for red Burgundy

Weather Conditions Severe frost in December 2009 killed off some vines, and poor conditions during the flowering in June reduced the crop further, and promised a season of uneven ripening.…

ClosdesLambrays

2009 vintage guide for white Burgundy

Weather Conditions Spring was warm and flowering early and uneventful. Nor did the stormy conditions in mid-July do much serious damage, and the vines cruised on through August and early…

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2009 vintage guide for red Burgundy

Weather Conditions It was hot during the spring, but flowering was early, from late May onwards. Stormy spells in mid-July threatened oidium and mildew, and some treatments were required. Fortunately…

champagne

2013 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions One of the latest harvests since 1988, caused by delayed flowering into July. A warm rainless September saved the day. The reverse of 2012, a Chardonnay year par…

Champagne

2012 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions A brilliant August and warm September made for an outstanding but small crop of Pinot Noir, best since 1952. Chardonnays big & foursquare are not in same league.…