Back to Gascony 2: red wines

Last week I wrote about the main type of wine produced in this part of South-West France, namely dry whites. But my tasting of some 90 plus wines also included some reds and a few sweet whites. This week I will talk about the reds in more detail. Vineyard in the Gers at this time …

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Good cooperative wineries (2): Les Vignerons du Brulhois, South-West France

General map of France's southwestern appellations to show the position of the small Brulhois appellation concerned by this article. Following my first article 2 weeks ago, this second article in what will be an intermittant series dedicated to good cooperatives in France concerns a small cooperative winery near the Garonne river in south-west France. Brulhois …

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Chinese wines progress in quality as well as in quantity

The wine market in China has been at or near the centre of many producing countries' attentions for the past ten years or so. It is now Bordeaux's largest single market and probably also Australia's, not to mention growing volumes from other countries and regions (see import chart below). Wine education has played a major …

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Bubbles around the world (2): Jim’s choice

Four or five festive sparklers... and where to enjoy them One English sparkler Sugrue Pierre South Downs: The Trouble with Dreams by Dermot Sugrue    Unlike British politics which has been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons for best part of three years now, English or more precisely English and Welsh wines, have …

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Coteaux d’Aix rouges, quand l’accessoire devient principal…

Ou bonheur et malheur d’un expat en Provence. Mais de qui parle-t-on ? Du Cabernet Sauvignon bien entendu ! Ce rejeton du Sauvignon blanc et du Cabernet Franc fut introduit en Provence par Georges Brunet lorsqu’il quitta, fin des années 60, le Château La Lagune pour s’installer sur les hauts de Rians, au Château Vignelaure. On trouvait …

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Penfolds and Henschke: tastings from two top Australian producers.

As I mentioned in a recent article, in successive weeks during October these two famous Australian producers were in Paris where they organized sit-down tastings of a wide selection from their ranges of wines. As there are as many similarities as differences of all kinds between these two producers, I thought it worth while to …

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Daumas Gassac, c’est un peu le Sassicaia français

Je m’explique: même si les parcours et les intentions de départ sont différentes, les deux apparaissent à 10 d’intervalle (1968 pour le Toscan et 1978 pour le Languedocien) dans des régions où ils donnent l’impression d’être des OVNI débarqués d’on ne sait où;  les deux adoptent le style bordelais avec leur majorité de Cabernet Sauvignon …

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