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Closing the door on 2003

So it’s 7:15pm on the 24th September, looking west past the cross on the corner of Romanée Saint-Vivant the sun is already gone. You need something against the chill – it’s about 12°C with a sneaky breeze. Despite all the vineyards around being harvested many days ago, there are so many grapes in the DRC […]

Dr Goode on Terroir

A little more on terroir? How about a more scientific look at the concept of wines tasting like the soils they are grown on – Jamie Goode is our guide

Bond, James Bond…

Ever wondered what James Bond drinks? Here’s a treasure-trove of information – where he drinks that half-bottle of ’53 Mouton Rothschild etc.

Towerblock Cellars

Ever though of updating your cellar? Just think, if you made it over 12 metres tall from glass and stainless steel, you’d have to throw away all those cartons with only one bottle in, and probably the lids from wooden cases that you thought you might find a use for!

Sacrifice in Romanée-Conti

Plenty of domaines harvested in August but some left it until September. By the 12th 99% of the producers have finished, but for the Grand Cru’s of Vosne-Romanée, most still have lots of fruit on the vine, plenty also on the floor – as above in Romanée-Conti. The yields were pitiful with 2-3 small bunches […]

The Heat of 2003

Looking across La Tâche 25.07.2003 Already two months of close to 40°C and another month of the same still to endure – praying for a little rain? Still it’s a little cooler as we start September, but most vineyards are already cleared. It seems that some vineyards have problems; the increasing sugars and decreasing acidity […]

Terry Thiese

I cannot lie, Terry Thiese was a new name to me when I came across his work this week. An ardent terroiriste he writes with wit verve and for me the occasional bolt of blinding clarity. Do yourself a favour and check out some of his work.

Oaky Wine & En Primeur

Just in case you didn’t know, there’s a big problem with en-primeur tastings; Back in January 2002 the 2000 Grand Cru of Clos des Lambrays really stood out for me at a tasting organised by the UK merchant Howard Ripley. The problem is that the wines are sometimes not representitive of what eventually gets bottled. […]

The New France

Can one vineyard consistently produce wine of a different quality or expression despite being separated by no more than a small dirt road? It is the basis of the French A.O.C system and the clarion call of the ‘terroiristes’. There are those who find this (very) frankly an unsatisfactory and even worse a completely unscientific […]

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