Bordeaux can also do good (and inexpensive) white and proper pink wines

Ok, so first an apology to my 3,5 English-speaking readers (my sister, my mother and 1,5 of my long lost friends) for not having written my weekly contribution in English for a while now. Did I catch the plague ? No, at least not yet. What have I been doing ? Do you really care …

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Il se passe quelque chose en Touraine (watch out for Touraine)

Un peu par hasard, en demandant, puis en dégustant, des échantillons pour un article à venir dans le magazine Régal, et dont certaines bouteilles sont arrivées chez moi avec quelques jours de retard pour mon bouclage, j'ai découvert la semaine dernière une très jolie série de vins de Touraine dans les trois couleurs. Je connaissais …

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A creative response to Covid-19 + 1992 M de Marionnet

Prowein 2020 was initially postponed but has now been cancelled The next edition will be in March 2021 Covid-19 or Coronavirus has brought chaos to the wine world with the cancellation of Prowein, Les Grands Jours de Bourgogne and RAW London along with the postponement of Vinitaly. For the moment Bordeaux's en primeur week (30th …

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Some facts, figures and thoughts about Sauvignon Blanc

It was a slight surprise to me to learn, while preparing for a short conference that I gave at the recent Concours Mondial de Sauvignon for its 11th edition, which was held this year in the fine town of Blois, that Sauvignon (essentially Blanc, but also occasionally Gris) is a more extensively  planted grape than …

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Likes and dislikes: never easy to be sure except at the moment

I am often surprised by the difference in opinions that we can have, even between experienced professionals, about the same wine. We had a good example last week on this site when my eminent colleague, Marie-Louise Banyols, lauded a Pomerol (Château de Sales 2017) that I had tasted separately two days before with another colleague …

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