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Chateau d'Angles

In contrast to exquisite Provence, where the hills tumble like dominos into the sea, coastal Languedoc is flat and sandy: bucket-and-spadeland. Visually un-thrilling, unless you're five-and-a-half.

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Jefford on Monday: My Babe Appeal

Ridge 2011 Geyserville wine ingredients label

I wrote to The Babe. The Babe wrote back. (OK, not The Babe herself, but a co-worker called Lindsey, who is very probably a Babe in her own right.) And now we might be in business.

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Cumulonimbus over Volnay Andrew Jefford

It's 364 days since I last wrote about hail and its catastrophic vineyard consequences. It's just 14 days since I described this year's beautiful flowering weather and encouraging crop set in Burgundy. I'd hoped not to return to either topic soon.

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Andrew Jefford 2005 CIVB advertising campaign for Bordeaux wines

French wine's increasingly effective lobbying arm is called Vin et Société. After a tendentious success in October last year, it has recently launched a new campaign – to try to clarify some of the vagaries of interpretation surrounding the Loi Evin. This one deserves complete victory.

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Jefford on Monday: Learning On The Hill

Mounir Sawma

Few regions have had worse luck with the weather over the past four vintages than Burgundy: a 30% shortfall in 2010; 25% down in 2011; only half a crop in 2012 and 2013. That makes one-and-a-half missing harvests in four years. Or, if you prefer, about 1.5bn potential euros swirling off down storm drains, or quietly collapsing in a fluff of mould.

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

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