Jane Anson

Laughing all the way to the Left Bank

Bordeaux is beginning to project a more modern identity to woo visitors, one that recognises the importance of consumers, says Jane Anson. Two ambitious projects in the Médoc are leading…

2005 Bordeaux campaign a ‘disaster’ in Japan

As buyers await the first price releases for the 2006 Bordeaux en primeur campaign, one of Japan’s leading wine merchants has said that their 2005 campaign was a ‘disaster’, and…

Bordeaux trials natural cork

Europe’s first major trial of a natural cork closure which claims to stop cork taint in wine, got underway this week in Bordeaux.

Oporto’s Best Kept Secret

On 23 June each year, Oporto transforms itself from hard-working town to party capital during one of the wine world’s liveliest but least-known festivals. The highlight is the port houses’…

Bordeaux chateau declassifies itself

Chateau la Dauphine in Fronsac is bucking the Bordeaux system by declassifying one of its properties to boost production of its most popular wine.

Magrez continues to expand empire

Bordeaux entrepreneur and Chateau-owner Bernard Magrez has continued the expansion of his wine empire, acquiring properties in Chile and Spain.

Jean-Marie Le Pen visits Bordeaux

Jean Marie le Pen, president of the French far right National Front party, has been banging the drum for French vignerons.

Calvet sold to Grands Chais

Calvet, one of Bordeaux's oldest negociant houses, has been sold to Grand Chais de France, owners of the JP Chenet brand.

M²: Pomerol meets Hermitage

Two of France’s most celebrated winemakers have created a wine from two of its most prestigious appellations.

California in pole position yet again

Californian wines have once again beaten their French counterparts in a blind tasting – judged this time by a group set up expressly to challenge the ‘Americanisation’ of taste.

Britons want to be French

Britions might be drinking increasingly more American than French wine, but it turns out that we’d still rather be French.

UNESCO: new wine chair

UNESCO has opened the world’s first Chair in Wine & Culture at the University of Burgundy.

UK contingent ‘lets rip’ at de Sours

The cream of the international wine and arts worlds caroused till dawn – and beyond – at a party at Bordeaux’s Chateau de Sours last weekend.

New Bordeaux Sup Syndicate head

Bernard Farges was this week declared new president of France’s biggest and most powerful union, the Syndicate des Vins de Bordeaux et Bordeaux Superieur.

Bordeaux harvest kicks off

The first Bordeaux grapes came off the vines in Pessac-Leognan this week with Chateau Carbonnieux kicking off the 2006 harvest on August 28.