Jim Budd

Jim Budd

Jim Budd moved from education to wine in 1988, and has contributed to Decanter since 1989. He is the editor of Circle Update, the newsletter of the Circle of Wine Writers, writes the award-winning blog Jim’s Loire, and is one of the five members of Les 5 du Vin blog. In May, Budd launched a code for wine investment, and he continues to expose the dangers of drinks investment on his award-winning website investdrinks.org, and complementary blog investdrinks-blog.blogspot.com. Budd also contributes to Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book and is a keen photographer, especially in the Loire.

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Frost inLoire vineyards

Severe frost in Loire vineyards Parts of the Loire were very severely hit by frost during the night of Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 April. Temperatures in a few places…

Loire Cabernet Franc

With Cabernet Franc, very diverse microclimates and terroirs lead to very different wines. Loire Cabernet Franc wines bear the stamp of their cooler northern climate; refreshing and fruity, Chinon, Bourgueil…

Bouvet Ladubay

The Monmousseau family announced today (24 November) that it has re-acquired ‘100% of the shares’ in Bouvet Ladubay from India’s United Spirits, which is controlled by Diageo, the producer of…

claude lafond, Loire

Claude Lafond died at home during the night of Saturday and Sunday from a heart attack. Reuilly is the most westerly of the Loire’s Central Vineyards. Although Reuilly became a…


Troubled French online wine merchant Heracles, formerly 1855.com, has been forced into liquidation after a major investor withdrew support for its recovery plan.

Wine investment company, Encarta Fine Wines Ltd, has gone into liquidation with sums due to creditors estimated at between £3.5 to £3.8 million.

En Primeur 2013

Weaker consumer demand for Bordeaux en primeur wines from recent vintages has forced UK-based merchant En Primeur Ltd into liquidation, with an estimated deficit running into six figures.