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Jefford on Monday: Brand for Sale?

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As we tasted our way through the submissions for Decanter’s Asia Wine Awards the week before last, a persistent rumour swirled around Hong Kong island. It hinted that Robert Parker was in the process of selling his ‘brand’ to unspecified Asian investors. Maybe it’s true; maybe it isn’t (there were emphatic denials from at least one of his tasting collaborators). In either case, it poses interesting questions about succession in the new media world.

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Jefford on Monday: Enigma Variations

Santo Stefano Belbo

As I took a few pictures (like the one below), I felt puzzled. I tasted some of the wines from these hillsides, and the puzzle deepened to intrigue. A few emails later, and I understand a little more. It’s a story of the astonishingly responsive relationship that can grow up, over time, between human beings and the land in their care

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St Emilion

There will have been sighs of disappointment up and down the Rue des Frères Bonie in Bordeaux when the new St Emilion classification emerged on September 6th. The Richard Rogers-designed Bordeaux Law Courts even look like honey pots, but the accommodating 2012 classification seems unlikely to provide quite as many sweet legal briefs as the 2006 classification did.

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donkey

When, back in August, the UK’s Financial Services Authority (FSA) published proposals to ban the promotion of Unregulated Collective Investment Schemes (UCIS), the Financial Times’ Lex columnist interpreted it as “a ruling that the masses are too stupid to invest in assets such as wine or classic cars”.

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canada,

An unanticipated consequence of living in France is that I don’t seem to need wine retailers much any more. If I want to buy some wine from a particular producer or domain in Alsace, in Champagne or in Provence, I ring them up, we sort out a few financial details, and a couple of days later a man clambers out of a van and hands over a box. Welcome to the rarest of drinking freedoms: direct wine shipping.

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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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