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Vines at end summer Pic St Loup

Nice when it works out – and, for whatever reason, the world is thirsty for the wines of my adopted region at present. During 2014, AOP sales from Languedoc and Roussillon were up by 7.7 per cent in value and 5.9 per cent in quantity.

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Jefford on Monday: Some Useless Notes

Romanee St Vivant looking towards Vosne

What’s the answer? I’m not sure, but here’s the question.

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Savennières

Democratic, certainly. Perhaps you could call it socialist. Maybe even communist, such is the rigour with which every exhibitor is scythed down to the same level -- but let’s settle on ‘egalitarian’, for the sake of political neutrality.

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Jefford on Monday: Jar Shock

Jars Clos d'Un Jour Jefford

Anyone who visits wine cellars regularly will have noted clay, concrete or earthenware jars of various sizes and forms stealthily invading the world's wineries, both modest and grand. (And there is nothing grander than the harem of pale, shapely amphorae in which around 35 per cent of the Pontet Canet harvest is aged each year.)

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Jefford on Monday: Heading South

Hemel en Aarde valley

Anyone seeking dental refuge from the searching acidity which will have been on display at London's recent 2013 burgundy tastings could have done worse than made their way south this weekend. All the way south, as far as you can go: to South Africa’s Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration, which unfolded over the last two days of January. I pre-tasted the event, as it were, with a day of visits last November.

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