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Champagne World War 2

August? That's when you go away on holiday and nothing much happens, isn't it? It used to seem so. Not this year. The last three weeks in in Gaza, Iraq, West Africa, Syria, South Sudan and Eastern Ukraine have been hard to ignore.

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Jefford on Monday: The Doctor Doctored

hermitage

How much cross-regional blending went on in Europe's past?

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Jefford on Monday: Debating Diam

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A bright June day in Chablis gave me a chance to talk (and taste the pristine, beautifully classical 2012s) with Alain Marcuello at Fèvre and then Benoît Droin. Both, I was surprised to find, had adopted Diam corks for all of their production. Both were happy with the results: no more corked bottles or premox problems, they claimed; vineyard profiles intact; satisfactory ageing thus far (since 2008 for Fèvre and 2011 for Droin). Hugel in Alsace is another Diam evangelist, as are Jadot and Bouchard Père et Fils for their white wines, Grands Crus included. Time, I felt, to learn more.

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Jefford on Monday: Hamlet in Cornas

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To de-stem or not to de-stem: is it every Pinot grower's Hamlet moment?

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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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