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The magician of Montlouis

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 10/05/2021 - 09:47
A tribute to Jacky Blot, champion of Chenin Blanc and Bourgeuil in the Loire. Above he is seen with his son Jean-Philippe who runs the two domaines alongside Jacky. Back in the early 1990s I spent a few days in the Loire and was advised to visit a real innovator there, the splendidly moustachioed Jacky Blot of Montlouis, an appellation that for
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A tale of two buckets

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 10/05/2021 - 09:45
… in which vineyard yeasts may perhaps prove to be able to beautify Ugni Blanc. Kirsten Creasy (pictured above at her Terre des 2 Sources property in Pic St-Loup) ran our faults workshops back in 2018, which, coincidentally, popped up recently in a discussion about TCA sensitivity on the forum, but she is also a relentlessly curious scientist –
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All change in Bordeaux

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 08/05/2021 - 02:02
Tasting the 2020s was a real joy – not least because so many producers are defying hot, dry years with delightfully fresh, expressive, 'new old' wines. See our guide to coverage of 2020 bordeaux. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. Owners of the crus classés, members of UGCB, above. We’re now in the thick of the
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Restaurateurs' little helpers

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 08/05/2021 - 02:02
Some unlikely heroes have emerged in the pandemic. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. Daniel Krieger took this picture of New York restaurateur Danny Meyer. Over the past year, with their chefs and sommeliers sidelined, restaurateurs have had to come up with creative ways to stay in business. Up to a third of all UK
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Lismore, Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Cape South Coast

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 07/05/2021 - 09:47
For International Sauvignon Blanc Day, a truly superior example – recommended even to those who say they don’t like Sauvignon. From £20.68, $38.99 Find this wine Californian Samantha O’Keefe is a brilliant winemaker, working in virtual isolation in a particularly cool spot in South Africa. Her underpriced wines are also delightfully well
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For International Sauvignon Blanc Day

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 07/05/2021 - 09:47
We celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc Day today. See also today's wine of the week, a most unusual Sauvignon. It's a thing, and it even has its own website: Sauvblancday.com. No need for me to even suggest food pairings – the recipes are all there. (Although, looking a little more closely at the recipes page, I think they could make a bit
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Champagne – battle of the giants

News from Jancis Robinson - do, 06/05/2021 - 09:47
This year's releases of Dom Pérignon, Cristal and Krug. Wallets at the ready! Wine students will learn much from the detail below. Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon seen in one of Louis Roederer's many vineyards above. Zooms aren’t all bad. In a 10-day period last month I had Zooms with Vincent Chaperon introducing three new releases of Dom Pérignon, with
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Bordeaux 2020 – the sweet-wine struggle

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 05/05/2021 - 09:46
Bordeaux's Bill Blatch, provider of many a comprehensive Bordeaux vintage report in the past, concentrates here on his real love, Sauternes and Barsac, and also reports on the devastating 2021 frost damage there. Ch Suduiraut, one of the stars of the vintage, and its vineyards are pictured above in autumn 2020. A very warm 2019/20 winter (100
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Austria – 2019 and 2020 shown off

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 05/05/2021 - 09:46
The Austrians usually hold a comprehensive generic tasting in London early in the year. During the 2021 lockdown it was obviously not possible, so instead we were allowed to choose which producers' wines we'd like to taste at home and we split the regions. Vienna and surrounding vineyards above © Austrian Wine/Robert Herbst. Julia writes about
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Bordeaux 2020 – the improbable year

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 04/05/2021 - 09:46
How come the hot, dry year produced such fresh wines? An overview of the vintage about to be offered en primeur. James Lawther MW was able to attend the UGCB tasting in Bordeaux pictured above (@ugcb). See Bill Blatch's report on Sauternes 2020 tomorrow. The most surprising thing about 2020 bordeaux is the style of wine produced. A hot, dry
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Madeira's tightrope of tradition and transformation

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 04/05/2021 - 09:46
How can madeira decisively move into the twenty-first century? Two things puzzled me on our visit to Madeira in December 2020. The first was the wine glasses. Everywhere we went, from tastings at the top producers to high-end restaurants to little wine bars, madeira was served in small copita-like glasses, similar to the ISO tasting glasses used
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Colore vertical, 2000–2018

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 03/05/2021 - 09:46
A look at how Bibi Graetz of Testamatta's (even) more expensive wine has evolved over time. A dramatic increase in our coverage of this cult Tuscan producer. Colore is perhaps the most distinctive wine produced by the highly individual Bibi Graetz. As a winemaker, Graetz pretty much breaks the norm for Tuscan wine producers, with a Norwegian
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Acknowledgement of Country in Australia

News from Jancis Robinson - ma, 03/05/2021 - 09:46
This Aboriginal depiction of a vineyard in the Yarra Valley was made 120 years ago by a man called William Barak, a leader of the Wurundjeri people who have lived here for tens of thousands of years, long before white people invaded in the early 19th century. The vineyard was planted in 1860 by Swiss settler-vigneron, Samuel de Pury. Despite the
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Where have all the waiters gone?

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 01/05/2021 - 09:46
The English are revelling in eating out again, well wrapped up, but those serving them are a bit thin on the ground. Above, the outside seating area at Caravan King's Cross. April is the cruellest month, breedingLilacs out of the dead land, mixingMemory and desire, stirringDull roots with spring rain.Winter kept us warm, coveringEarth in
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Wine exotica

News from Jancis Robinson - za, 01/05/2021 - 09:46
Wines from Ethiopia, Azerbaijan, Finger Lakes, Ukraine, Cyprus and China. A shorter version of this article is published by the Financial Times. Arsen Fedosenko took this picture of grapes drying at Beykush winery in Ukraine for their delicious Tempranillo/Saperavi blend Kara Kermen. The most admired classic wines are great but, heavens, life
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Filipa Pato & William Wouters, DNMC Baga 2019 Bairrada

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 30/04/2021 - 10:21
From €9.50, $15.99, £16, 189.90 Norwegian kroner, 146.90 Brazilian reais Find this wine DNMC isn’t really an abbreviation but it stands for ‘Dinâmica’, which does not exactly appear on the label (see above) because it could not be registered as an international brand. It’s a good name for this delicious and easy-drinking red, from a small but
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Biondi-Santi and the test of time

News from Jancis Robinson - vr, 30/04/2021 - 10:21
At Biondi-Santi everything changes so everything can stay the same. Walter grills the new team there. There is no estate in Italy more closely identified with its owners than Biondi-Santi, rooted in Montalcino for more than six generations. In the mid 19th century Ferruccio Biondi Santi (for some reason, the wine has a hyphen, the family name
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Bordeaux 2020 – whites

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 28/04/2021 - 09:46
The last of our three collections of tasting notes on 2020 cask samples. See also Bordeaux 2020 – right-bank reds and Bordeaux 2020 – left-bank reds. We will continue to add more recent tasting notes to them under a heading Recent additions. See also this guide to our coverage of 2020 bordeaux. Sémillon grapes being picked by hand at Ch Bauduc
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Giving back in South Africa

News from Jancis Robinson - wo, 28/04/2021 - 09:46
Malu Lambert admires the spirit of a new staff-owned project by Mullineux, with help from Waitrose. The Great Heart team are pictured above, left to right, Chris and Andrea Mullineux, Gynore Fredericks, Baron Willemse and Johan Waterboer. Although it resulted in commercial disasters such as bringing wine exports to a grinding halt, the pandemic
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Bordeaux 2020 – left-bank reds

News from Jancis Robinson - di, 27/04/2021 - 09:46
The second of our three collections of tasting notes on 2020 cask samples. See also Bordeaux 2020 – right-bank reds. Whites tomorrow. See also this guide to our coverage of 2020 bordeaux. Gavin Quinney of Ch Bauduc took this picture of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes being picked at Ch Léoville-Poyferré on 23 September 2020, a couple of days after
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