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Summer reading

06-07-2006

It’s that time of year for the Revue des Vins de France’s special wine tourism issue. It was compiled by Thomas Bravo-Maza, as last year, intrepid adventurer of our vineyards, who was "taken aback by the variety on offer in the Jura (...) in Anjou and in Languedoc country around the river Orb." (Out now, 5.80 €)
Add the Sud-Ouest’s special supplement to your reading list, written by César Compadre devoted to wine tourism in Bordeaux, the best bits of which can be found on this daily paper’s website.

Champagne !

28-06-2006

Yes, Champagne. But which vintage? The ones rated as outstanding are: 2002, 1990, 1988, 1985, 1975, 1970, 1966, 1964, 1962 and 1959. There you go. Did you notice? There’s one missing. Because it’s better than all the others. 1996.

Sparkling Tour de France

24-06-2006

There are 7 Crémant sparkling wine AOCs. Alsace (22.5 million bottles), Burgundy (7 million bottles), Loire (5.1 million bottles), Jura (2.4 million bottles), Bordeaux, Die and Limoux. Crémant is made following the same rules as Champagne.

In love with electrons

20-06-2006

The Dream Taste was invented in Savigny-lès-Beaune, the decanter that eliminates corked flavours in wine. Scientific explanation: the bunch of grapes’ surface, made from copolymer, inserted into the decanter is an electrostatic trap that attracts chloroanisoles. These 2,4,6 TCA molecules, responsible for cork taint, love electrons, unluckily for them. In just over an hour, their fate is sealed.

The real price of vineyards

20-06-2006

It’s a tempting title, but it’s difficult to give you much more than a rough idea. So here goes. In Champagne: from 400,000 to 1 million euros per hectare. Burgundy: 4600 euros for generic wine, 2.5 million for Grands Crus (the best sites). Bordeaux: 7500 for generic, 1.3 million for Pomerol. Alsace: 155,000 euros. Provence: between 40,000 and, towards the coast, at least 60,000 euros. Generic Beaujolais around 30,000 euros. The Languedoc: 11,000 euros. The Loire: between 7,500 and 11,000 euros. Which gives us an average of 83,600 euros per hectare for AOC land and 12,100 for the rest.

Reviews

19-06-2006

No point in having another look at Fino Sherries or Groenekloof’s South African Pinotage 2002! It’s already turned up in blind tasting for the Ruinart Trophy (18th June).

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