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Jefford on Monday: Up The Steep Hill

Brandstatt

I've never, alas, tasted an Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the Eisele Vineyard. My newly acquired enthusiasm for great Napa Cabernet, though, suggests that I'd like it a lot. What was 'the undisclosed sum' paid by the Pinault family in late July to bring Araujo into the Latour stable? No one knows quite which two digits preceded the million dollar abbreviation. (Or were there, even, three?) The colossal disparity in land values, though, between Napa Cabernet vineyard and those of Coonawarra, Margaret River, or indeed any other location in the 'New World', is remarkable, and merits reflection by landowners in those other key Cabernet regions.

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Jefford on Monday: Modest Grandeur

Pierre de Benoist

It was a hot, sultry evening in late July. You could sense a storm building, like a dark stack of whisky barrels in the sky, waiting for ignition in the small hours. If the 2013 vintage in France has a hallmark, it's violence from above: few regions have been spared catastrophic (though localised) hail and flood damage of the sort I described back on July 8th. This, though, is a happier tale.

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Jefford wine pipes

Leading export managers from Bordeaux and Cognac probably deserve their long holidays this year. The Chinese market may have provided wonderful opportunities for both regions over the last half-decade – but over the last six months, it has also greyed a lot of hair.

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Jefford on Monday: A Vineyard High

Spitz and Spitzer Valley from the east

What's the quickest way to understand a vineyard region? Find a pair of wings or set of blades, and blag your way on board. The pilot's eye view of a sweep of vines is far more revealing than the driver's.

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Jefford on Monday

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Award-winning writer Andrew Jefford's Monday column on Decanter.com

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