Andrew Jefford

harvester

Across the southern hemisphere’s winelands, harvesting machines are being fine-tuned in readiness for the three months of frenzied activity which redeems their nine months of idleness.

Decanter in Argentina

Wine quality is complex. Like most things in life, the creation of fine wine has elements which are easy to quantify, and others which are intangible. One of these intangibles…

scores

The mother of one of our village friends stopped me at the market a couple of Sundays ago. She and her partner have a wine domain in Fitou, about three…

Fires from McHenry Hohnen Winery

The bushfire which took place just under a month ago close to Prevelly, in the Wallcliffe sector of Margaret River, is a reminder that Christmas usually means the start of…

douro valley

What’s going on in the Douro? While wine drinkers across the wintry north smile at the prospect of a decanter brimming with vintage or crusted port to illuminate Christmas, those…

Friuli

The USA, according to one report released earlier this year, has overtaken France to become the world’s biggest wine-consuming nation, with 330 million cases downed in 2010. Admittedly in per-capita…

madiran,

I'm just back from Alain Brumont's 'Rendez-Vous des Icônes' – an open weekend when, amidst a welter of vertical tastings, festive meals and cellar tours, Madiran's hyper-active master craftsman pits…

jefford

Over the last three years, I’ve spent a lot of time talking about tea with the wine producers I have met on my travels. Yes, it's a personal enthusiasm of…

Grand Crus

Provided French agriculture minister Bruno Le Maire signs on the dotted line, it looks as if there will soon be a new baby squealing and mewling in the illustrious maternity…

wine truck

Parker won't be there; nor will Robinson. Suckling, Meadows and Bettane will all be giving it a miss. The contingent from Decanter will be invisible; zero interest from The Wine…

Torrontes

A faint green stippling the urban trees. Sudden showers, heaping leaves, twigs and rubbish at the drainage junctions. Sulky tango dancers, pale in the bright spring sunlight, flicking their skirts…

The Natural Wine Fair in London in May

Calumny? Or was it apostasy? What I wrote about natural wines in August's edition of Decanter magazine harvested more personal communications to me that any other I have written.…

Domaine de la Romanee Conti

For most of the last decade, I’ve acted as the wine-list consultant to a London restaurant. The list isn’t laden with first-growth verticals. Instead, we try to make it as…

montalcino

The fatal hour has been and gone. Montalcino producers have, in the end, decided to reject the possibility of creating three different Rossi, two of which would have been pure…

Pommard

I admire the growers of Pommard. In fact, if I was writing headlines for a British tabloid newspaper, I'd probably call them 'Have-A-Go Heroes' (the combination of pluck and foolhardiness…

Temperature

It's been a torrid couple of weeks. The thermometer crossed 40°C (104°F) in Gers and Haute-Loire on August 21st; Lyon had a week or more of afternoons at 37°C (98.6°F),…

Britagne

"To my ear, 'Britagne' evokes Pomagne, a Bulmer product conceived and advertised back in the early 1900s as 'Super-Champagne Cider de Luxe' under the banner ‘Hereford – The English Rheims'..."

Luck

My own view is that the prosperity of Bordeaux’s elite is, like most things in life, a matter of luck. At present, three very lucky strands have come together for…

Andrew Jefford

First France’s appeal court, and now the European Court of Human Rights. Jefford investigates what is fair comment in tasting notes...

Picking in Bordeaux Harvest

The ‘harvest 2010’ edition of Les Vins d’Alsace talks of the regulations surrounding vintage...let me offer you a few insights into just how far the tentacles of the French bureaucratic…

Crushing grapes for wine

I drink more red wine than white. Why? Because it has guts: a textural and extractive dimension, leached from the skins and pips during and after fermentation.

clos de tart

Back in May, I had a chance to renew my acquaintanceship with the wines of Clos de Tart, the 7.5 ha walled Grand Cru wedged between Bonnes Mares and Clos…