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p.ox? or the disturbing whiff of the emperor’s new clothes…

By billn on September 12, 2013 #other sites#p.ox

A picture whose orign I would cite, but it’s been on my hard-drive for so long I can’t remember!
Anyway, p.ox, Aussie-style…

This piece, posted yesterday by Tyler Coleman on Winesearcher is at first glance a ‘holding story’ about p.ox; one that keeps (justifiably) the story in the (wine-)public conscious, and perhaps brings a new angle or two to the story, adding a little red-scare-mongering, but essentially, nothing new.

Nothing new except, perhaps, a fairytale flashback due to a quote from the University of Bordeaux’s Denis Dubourdieu (a.k.a. ‘the Emperor’)

“Vines that are too weak, and with a poor nitrogen intake, produce grapes low in glutathione. Summer drought conditions and/or competition from grass left to grow between the vine rows also worsens this deficit,” he explains.

This statement immediately struck a chord in my mind, being a paraphrasing of the reason that leading scientists (of the day) attributed to the death of vines due to phylloxera – it wasn’t the bug that was directly responsible, phylloxera was only having an effect because the vines were already tired or diseased! I mean, is this the best that we can expect from academics (with strong financial ties!) these days? Of-course Tyler Coleman may be short-changing us, and Prof. Dubourdieu might have full data to back up exactly what age a vine becomes tired, and due to what level of competition from grass, or ‘how much drought’ causes a problem – though, by the way, my 1976 whites are still brilliant, and I’ve never seen a p.oxed 2003 despite plenty of otherwise bizarre ones!

Maybe Denis has a real point somewhere along the line, and can explain why vines are tired today when they weren’t 30 years ago, and why his quote only looks bad because it’s out of context and has been dumbed down… Maybe…

As a scientist, I’m simply taken aback!

security guards?

By billn on May 17, 2013 #other sites#the market

Domaine Ponsot is the first high-profile producer to adopt eProvenance’s
second-generation technology, which provides a detailed history of the life of
a case of wine.
The sensor monitors the temperature and humidity of fine wines as they
travel from the wine producer to the customer, and the information can be
read on smartphones and tablets.

Well, given the price of some producers’ wines, they can afford a physical presence too!

biblical rain & time to taste 40 vintages of montrachet?

By billn on May 03, 2013 #harvests#other sites#vintage 2013

Don’t you just love those phone calls? – Here.

And, happily, this comes before we get to flowering:

Picture from Caroline l’Estimé in Chassagne this afternoon

stuart george on his 1937 romanée-conti…

By billn on May 01, 2013 #other sites

Following on from the post of ‘nine decades of domaine de la romanée-conti‘ there is this follow-up from Stuart George MW referring to the ‘too good to be true‘. It’s missing lots of info, like ‘when was the case bought from the domaine?’, ‘how many owners since then?’ etcetera, etcetera. But interesting nonetheless – I’d have liked to see a pic or two, also…

Actually, I expect this 1937 was genuine from the perspective that it’s (probably) easy to make something young-looking, but to make something that experienced tasters think worthy of 101 points – well, that’s something else again, and rare enough from genuine bottles…!

EDIT: A nice pic from Stuart:


nine decades of domaine de la romanée-conti…

By billn on April 30, 2013 #degustation#other sites

I was (very kindly!) invited to this event, but unfortunately couldn’t make the date, which saved me from the nitty-gritty conversation of what constitutes ‘an invite’ – a seat, or a seat I had pay for? 😉

Regardless; what a treat!

Nine decades of Domaine Romanée-Conti in London, Part 1 and Part 2.

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