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Andrew Hedley update on Framingham 2009 harvest

Andrew reports on a tricky vintage in Marlborough…

Posted by Doug on 31-Mar-2009. Click here to read the full article

2008 - Cold and T’Rain in Touraine

Good weather at harvest time rescues a tale of woe…

Posted by Doug on 30-Oct-2008. Click here to read the full article

Report from the Roussillon - 2008 early impressions

Jean-Francois Nicq on a year when the sun forgot to come out…

Posted by Doug on 29-Oct-2008. Click here to read the full article

2008 - A Good Year in Provence

Encouraging noises from Pibarnon…

Posted by Doug on 24-Oct-2008. Click here to read the full article

Early report from Gassac - Sept 2008

Will another ‘8 be great? Promising indications in the Gassac valley…

Posted by Doug on 11-Sep-2008. Click here to read the full article

Champagne Philipponnat 2007 - Light, Elegant, Ageworthy Wines

Another victory snatched from the jaws of defeat. A truly difficult vintage with heavily reduced yields saved by the dry and sunny period around harvest. The Philipponnat wines will generally be light and expressive with plenty of acidity, although,as with all champagnes, it is the quality of the blending that will determine the final quality…

Posted by Doug on 17-May-2008. Click here to read the full article

New Zealand 2007 - Battling The Elements

2007 proved once again that New Zealand enjoys and endures a marginal climate in several of its top wine-producing regions. Adverse weather conditions can drastically affect yields, but it introduces a note of realism and discipline in the vineyards. Four of the estates that we work with are organic or biodynamic in all but name.

Posted by Doug on 09-May-2008. Click here to read the full article

Americas calling - 2007 - A Difficult Vintage

2007 - A return to elegant Pinots in Oregon care of Sokol Blosser, El Nino+ La Nina = El Loco harvest (que Syrah Syrah (!) and scrumptious Carmenere for Viu Manent) and a big thumbs-up from Salentein in Argentina…

Posted by Doug on 09-May-2008. Click here to read the full article

The Rain In Spain Didn’t Make A Difference

Difficult to generalise with a small sample of growers but perceived as a small but excellent vintage

Posted by Doug on 02-May-2008. Click here to read the full article

Eastern France 2007 - Sun-Rain-Sun

image Eastern France is a nebulous area and stretches for our purposes from the sunny vineyards of Alsace sheltered by the Vosges mountains through Luxembourg on the slopes of the Moselle with its delicate, floral, almost Germanic-style wines to the sub-Alpine regions of Jura and Savoie with their old-fashioned whites and unique reds made from such recondite grape varieties as Trousseau and Ploussard.

The consensus seems that 2007 was another vintage rescued by a good weather around harvest time. Overall, mildew seemed less of a factor here than in other parts of France. The wines from Alsace should be particularly fine and white wines in Jura and Savoie look very good indeed.

Posted by Doug on 02-May-2008. Click here to read the full article

South West 2007 “Extra Shifts in the Vineyard”

image The overall picture from our growers regarding the 2007 harvest seems clear: it was a very difficult vintage with unpredictable weather and a constant battle against mildew. Those who invested more time and money in their vineyards were rewarded with healthy grapes (although the yields appear to be below average). Whites generally fared better than reds, displaying good balance and excellent levels of acidity. Red wines should be pleasurably on the fruit this year with approachable tannins.

Posted by Doug on 01-May-2008. Click here to read the full article

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