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Lafite flowering 2012

Bordeaux in the second week of June this year provided a compelling display of Atlantic moodiness. The clouds rolled in; the rain drummed down; proprietors averted their eyes as they drove past flooded rows. Between showers and a quiver of rainbows, the skies cleared to prairie width. Flowering ticked on under intermittent sunshine, rather later than the norm.

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Natural Selection Theory

Is Australia home to the world’s best natural wines? I don’t know, but it’s possible. What's certain is that natural wine-production is rarely as hilarious and good-humoured as it is in the hands of Australia's winningly lunatic fringe.

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Claude and Lydia Bourguignon

Did you realise that, with every glass of Meursault and Montrachet, you are drinking wine faeces? No, nor did I. This sobering insight came my way back in March, when I sat down one evening to talk at length to soil consultants Claude and Lydia Bourguignon.

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Zelma Long

Fifty-five vintages bring a sense of perspective. That’s how many Californian winemaker Zelma Long has now overseen, principally in California, but latterly in South Africa, too, at the Vilafonté estate she founded in 1997 with her husband, viticulturalist Phil Freese.

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