by Chris Mercer – Bordeaux’s Saint Emilion classification is facing a fresh legal crisis after three chateaux filed complaints against the selection process.
St Emilion: ‚a pity for everyone‘
Chateau Croque-Michotte has joined Château La Tour du Pin Figeac andChâteau Corbin-Michotte to take their grievances before an administrative tribunal in Bordeaux.
Tension has been simmering since France’s appellation body, the INAO, published the long-awaited new Classification for Saint Emilion in September last year.
‚We have been forced to resort to the law,‘ said Sylvie Giraud of Chateau La Tour du Pin Figeac, the only one of four Chateaux to challenge its demotion in the disputed 2006 classification and not to be reinstated in 2012.
Alongside La Tour du Pin Figeac this time around is Corbin-Michotte, which lost is Grand Cru Classé status, and Croque-Michotte, which was refused promotion from Grand Cru to Grand Cru ClasséThe three claim there were procedural errors in the selection process, and particularly at the tastings. Continue reading „Decanter.com: St Emilion chateaux begin legal action against Classification“
by Jane Anson in Bordeaux – Aymeric de Gironde, international commercial director of AXA Millésimes, has been appointed general manager of Chateau Cos d’Estournel.
de Gironde (pictured) will take over from Jean-Guillaume Prats – who announced his departure last month – in February 2013.
Before working at AXA Millésimes – a role which included prestigious estates such as Chateau Pichon Baron, Chateau Suduiraut and Chateau Petit Village in Bordeaux and several other estates in Portugal, Burgundy and Hungary – de Gironde spent from 1997 to 2006 with the LVMH Group, with Hennessy and Krug in New York and Paris.
In a letter sent to clients confirming the appointment, Cos owner Michel Reybier wrote, ‘Serving the beautiful terroir of Cos d’Estournel, he will put into practice our philosophy of excellence in French and foreign markets which he knows pretty well, and will interact with you to promote further the presence of our wines. I wish him great success in his new position for which he has my full support.’
Prats will be moving to LVMH Group, as CEO of its Estates & Wines group, makers of Cloudy Bay and Cape Mentelle.
Christian Seely, managing director of AXA Millesimes, called the job at Cos d’Estournel a tremendous opportunity for de Gironde and said, ‘We wish him all the best in his new position.’
Enomatic – Partner des Decanter bei den Global Tastings 2012 in mehr als 60 Städten weltweit zur perfekten Verkostung der mit dem DecanterWorld Wine Awards prämierten Weine.
Enomatic ist Partner eines der renommiertesten Weinmagazine der Welt, der englischenZeitschrift DECANTER,beim Jahresevent “World Wine Awards”. Vorgestellt werden die imLaufe des Jahres prämierten Weine im Rahmen einer Degustation, die während der beiden Wochen vom 29. September bis 12. Oktober 2012 in vielen Spitzenlokalen weltweit stattfinden wird.
Die Auswahl herausragender Weinkreationen kann dank der patentierten Enomaticsysteme unter optimalen Bedingungen perfekt temperiert und geschmacklich unverfälscht verkostet werden. Die innovative Technologie vonEnomatic macht es möglich, eine Flasche nach dem Entkorken bis zu 30 Tage aufzubewahren und hat während derletzten Jahre eine echte “Wein-Kulturrevolution” ausgelöst.
“Wir sind Symbol der demokratischen Revolution des optimalen Weingenusses” erklärt Lorenzo Bencistà Falorni, Präsident von Enomatic, und fährt fort: “Dank der Weinausschanksysteme von Enomatic und der Wine Card, die dem Weintrinker auch eine Selbstbedienung ermöglicht, können große Weine endlich auch offenangeboten werden und so kann eine immer größere Anzahl von Personen diese kennen und schätzen lernen”.
Stationen der Global Tastings 2012 in Italien sind natürlich die Cantine di Greve in Chianti, das eigentliche Hauptquartier von Enomatic, wo das Unternehmen vor genau 10 Jahren die ersten Dispenser entworfen hat und darüberhinaus auch in Lokalen in Rom, Florenz, Monforte d’Alba und Montepulciano. Weltweit wurden die schönsten Lokale mit Enomatic-System ausgewählt – von Paris über Mumbay, Tokyo, Mexiko Stadt, New York, San Diego, Stockholm bis Sao Paulo, Moskau und Sydney. Continue reading „Enomatic: Partner des Decanter“
by Adam Lechmere – The unknown, unsung appellations of Bordeaux have superb terroir and world-class potential – and we’re only just realising it, Oz Clarke reckons.
The veteran wine writer and broadcaster has spent months tasting ‘literally hundreds of wines from the places no smart folk go, from chateaux whose names wouldn’t raise a flicker of recognition…’ for his new book. And he is ‘amazed and excited by their personality and flavour differences,’ he writes in this month’s Decanter magazine.
Clarke makes the point that the Romans recognised many of these regions – like ‘the tumbling slopes of limestone clay’ of Blaye on the right bank of the Gironde opposite Haut-Medoc – as perfect for vines.
‘The conditions of this grand limestone plateau haven’t got worse, they just need people to make the best of them.’ All over Bordeaux there are wines – ‘the Blayes and Bourgs, Fronsacs, Lalandes-de-Pomerol, Castillons and Francs…’ – that have immeasurably improved as knowledge of viticulture and viniculture has increased, and younger, university-educated generations have taken over.
Clarke visits satellites of St Emilion, like Lalande-de-Pomerol whose wines, he says ‘bear a strong similarity to good Pomerol’, and ‘rising star’ Castillon, whose limestone plateau is the ‘seamless’ extension of the same limestone that nourishes St Emilion’s vines. Continue reading „decanter.com: New Bordeaux amazing & exciting – Oz Clarke in Decanter“
Der Weinsommer kündigt sich glanzvoll an mit drei wichtigen Anerkennungen. Der Gran Masetto 2008 wird beim Decanter World Wine Award mit Silber prämiert und erhält in Wein-Plus 91 Punkte. Der Endrizzi Brut 2007 bekommt die Silbermedaille beim Internationalen Wettbewerb „Vini da pesce“ (Wein zu Fisch).
Die Silbermedaille für den Trentodoc Endrizzi Brut 2007 in der Kategorie weiße Schaumweine aus klassischer Flaschengärung mit Herkunftsbezeichnung und Restzuckergehalt nicht höher als 35 g/l (der Brut von Endrizzi hat allerdings nur 9,9 g/l) ist ein wichtiges Ergebnis, da der Veranstalter, das Istituto Marchigiano di Tutela Vini in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Verband „Associazione Enologi Enotecnici Italiani“, mit selten strengen Regeln bei der Bewertung vorgeht. Continue reading „Ein glänzender Sommerstart: Silber für Endrizzi“
by Adam Lechmere – Paul Symington, Decanter’s Man of the Year 2012, was ‘predestined’ for his role at the helm of the family company.
Speaking to Andrew Jefford
in this month’s issue of Decanter
magazine, the chairman of Symington Family Estates
remembers how ‘grim’ life was for the port shippers when he was started work at the company in the mid-1970s.
‘Now we drive nice cars and live very comfortably, but then there wasn’t any money and we couldn’t afford to travel. I never went to England until I was 13.’
When he started work at the company in his mid-20s, he now feels he was ‘almost predestined for this, and that my career was laid out for me. It’s hard not to imagine what you might have done in another field.’
Symington tells Jefford he refuses to be downcast by the current crisis in Portugal. Indulging his passion for history he went through the archives and realised that good times come and go ‘like the seasons’.
‘Some times had been very good, but some had been really awful. We have some difficult times in Europe and Portugal now, but these things are like the seasons; it will change in time. I can’t do anything about it, so I don’t worry.’ Continue reading „decanter.com: Paul Symington, Decanter Man of the Year 2012“
by Decanter.com staff – Decanter magazine’s Decanter World Wine Awards edition hits the shelves this week – with details of over 8000 award-winning wines.
The massive, gold-covered 376-page issue of Decanter
is the biggest the magazine has published. It covers the competition – now in its eighth year – in every possible detail, from the desert island luxuries of the 30 regional chairs to full articles on each of the 25 International Trophy winners.
The International Trophies – the pinnacle of the Awards – will be announced at the Decanter World Wine Awards dinner at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden on Wednesday 7 September and published on Decanter.com at midnight.
In the magazine, which is published to coincide with the dinner, all 8330 award-winning wines are listed, with full tasting notes for every wine winning Bronze medal or higher.
Each section is introduced by its regional chair – 30 of the world’s finest wine critics, with over 900 collective years in wine between them. Continue reading „decanter.com: Decanter: biggest-ever issue for Decanter World Wine Awards“
by Adam Lechmere – Australian Riesling is infinitely superior to New Zealand’s, according to a Decanter panel of eight New World Riesling experts.
Earlier this year the panel tasted 79 Australian and 55 New Zealand Rieslings from a variety of vintages, the majority from 2010 and 2009 with a handful of vintages going back to 2005 and earlier.
The wines came from all Riesling-producing regions of the two countries. The vast majority of Australian wines were from the Adelaide Hills, and Clare and Eden Valleys, while most New Zealand Rieslings were from Marlborough, with a few from Central Otago, Nelson and other regions. Continue reading „decanter.com: Australian Riesling head and shoulders above New Zealand – Decanter panel“
by Adam Lechmere -Premium winemaking in Napa Valley could be impossible in 30 years according to a study into climate change.
Scientists at Stanford University
in California looked at four wine-growing counties in the western United Sates — Santa Barbara County and the Napa Valley in California, Yamhill County in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Walla Walla County in Washington state’s Columbia Valley.
The scientists said that by 2040 there could be 50% less land suitable for cultivating premium wine grapes in high-value areas of Northern California.
However, some cooler parts of Oregon and Washington state would become correspondingly better for growing grapes. Continue reading „decanter.com: Napa unsuitable for premium wine in 30 years – study“
Von der Toskana in die Welt: ein revolutionierendes Ausschanksystem begeistert die britische Fachzeitschrift Decanter, eines der renommiertesten internationalen Weinmagazine, machte sich auf die Suche nach den einflussreichsten Männern der Weinwelt 2011 und veröffentlichte mit seiner so genannten „Power List Top 50“ ein Ranking, in das sich nicht nur Weinproduzenten, sondern auch Journalisten und Meinungsmacher einreihen.
Auch zwei italienische Namen finden sich in der Liste, die beide in der Toskana zuhause sind: Piero Antinori und Lorenzo Bencistà Falorni; der Mann, der 2002 Enomatic (www.enomatic.it) erfunden Continue reading „In der Decanter „Power List Top 50“ steht auch Lorenzo Bencistà Falorni… der Mann hinter Enomatic“
by Decanter.com staff – For the first time, Decanter has published its entire Bordeaux 2010 coverage in Chinese on Decanter.com
Every wine presented at the En Primeur tastings in March has been translated into simple text Chinese, and is available at Decanter.com/china.
The section comprises tasting notes and scores by the Decanter team: Steven Spurrier Continue reading „Decanter.com: Decanter launches Bordeaux 2010 Chinese guide online“
by Adam Lechmere – The use of geothermal energy and other carbon-reduction strategies can mean savings of up to 50% in energy use, a climate change conference heard last week.
More than 20 scientists, climate change experts, viticulturalists and politicians from around the world gave an impassioned plea to the wine world last week – follow our example and save the world.
The Wineries for Climate Protection Conference in Barcelona last Friday was attended by over 400 delegates, mainly from Spain. Continue reading „Decanter: Geothermals, packaging reduction discussed at Barcelona conference“
by Panos Kakaviatos – With Bordeaux 2010 en primeur prices eclipsing last year’s offerings, American merchants worry about the ability to sell mid-level wines whose prices are higher than ever. As has been the case with previous vintages, the market for the blue chip wines seems solid, but wines a bit further down the pecking order are struggling. Continue reading „Decanter: Bordeaux 2010 – America baulks at 2010 prices“
by Adam Lechmere – In a further twist to the ongoing saga of Bordeaux 2010 prices, negociant Barriere Freres has refused to sell Chateau Rauzan Segla because of its ‚ludicrous‘ price.
In an email to the UK wine trade seen by Decanter.com, the negociant announced, ‘Barriere Freres has simply decided to refuse directly its allocation on this wine as we find this offering completely out of line and has no justification whatsoever.
‘We can understand that wine producers can be ambitious but this one is just completely ludicrous.’ Continue reading „Decanter: Negociant boycotts ludicrous Rauzan Segla“
by Rebecca Gibb – The huge Australian harvest this year is ‚out of step‘ with the realities of sustainable production, a senior executive has said. Yields from the 2011 Australian and New Zealand harvests have exceeded all expectations.
Australia has recorded a larger crop than 2010 despite disease ravaging the country’s wine regions while New Zealand has announced another record-breaking vintage. Continue reading „Decanter: Australia 2011 harvest ‚too big‘, says winemaker federation“
by Adam Lechmere – Smith Haut Lafitte has become the latest victim of buyer fatigue with this week’s release of
Bordeaux prices – but owner Florence Cathiard has fiercely defended her decision.
Chateaux Lagrange, Grand Puy Lacoste, Leoville Barton, Leoville Poyferre, Smith Haut Lafitte have now all released their prices on the 2010 vintage.
Some are considerably higher than last year: Pessac-Leognan stalwart Smith has come out at €77, almost 50% more than 2009 and almost double its 2005 opening price.
To some merchants this is not a good idea: at Bordeaux Index Gary Boom emailed Decanter.com, ‘It’s not selling. The 2009 (way better) is still available £100 cheaper. Last year we sold 284 cases – this year 19.’ Continue reading „Decanter: Bordeaux 2010 – Massive price rise for Smith Haut Lafitte fails to impress“
by Adam Lechmere – Gerard Basset, one of the world’s most accomplished sommeliers, has been awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Basset joins Andre Simon, the late Harry Waugh, Jancis Robinson and other wine luminaries as a holder of the much-coveted civilian award.
The Order of the British Empire was established in 1917, and ranks second to the CBE, Commander of the British Empire, and above the MBE, Member of the British Empire.
Basset is considered to be at the height of his powers as a sommelier. Among numerous accolades he won the World’s Best Sommelier Competition in Santiago, Chile last year. Continue reading „Decanter: Gerard Basset awarded OBE“
by Adam Lechmere – A group of Spanish wineries has signed the Barcelona Declaration, pledging to combat climate change.
The Declaration, which formed a major theme of the Wineries for Climate Protection conference which took place in Barcelona on Friday, was signed at a ceremony on Thursday night in the town hall in the centre of the Catalan capital.
Ricardo Lagos, former president of Chile and now UN special envoy for climate change, chaired the meeting.
Also present were senior figures from the Spanish wine world such as Miguel Torres of Torres, Mar Raventós of Codorniu and Pablo Alvarez of Vega Sicilia, as well as representatives from the different Spanish consejos reguladores (wine trade bodies), members of the OIV (the international wine organisation) and the FEV (Federación Española del Vino). Continue reading „Decanter: Torres, Codorniu, Vega Sicilia sign up to Barcelona Declaration“
by Jane Anson in Bordeaux – Thomas Do-Chi-Nam, technical director of Chateau Pichon Comtesse de Lalande since 1992, has been announced as the replacement for Philippe Bascaules at Chateau Margaux.
Philippe Bascaules will be leaving in September, after 11 years at Chateau Margaux
, to begin his new role with Francis Ford Coppola at Inglenook Vineyard in California.
Dô-Chi-Nam will take over Bascaules’ role as Directeur d’Exploitation – estate manager and technical director – at the end of this year, after he has completed the 2011 harvest with Chateau Pichon-Longueville-Comtesse de Lalande. Continue reading „Decanter: Chateau Margaux unveils Do-Chi-Nam as Bascaules replacement“
by Giles Fallowfield – August holidays have been cancelled in Champagne in anticipation of a very early harvest, possibly the earliest on record – especially if the warm weather of March to the end of May continues. Flowering was generally completed before the end of May and in some places the vines were in full flower by 21 May.
Adding 92 days – the average time over the past decade in Champagne between flowering and the start of the harvest—picking could start on 22 August. However because August is usually warmer and has more sun than September, it is possible the period between flowering may be even shorter, at just 80 days, which means the first grapes may be cut on August 16.
The lack of rain also tends to accelerate the date, Louis Roederer winemaker Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon said, adding that he ‘would be ready to start from August’. Continue reading „Decanter: Champagne 2011 harvest could be earliest since 2003“
by Hazel Macrae – A recent US report has cast doubt on winemakers‘ claims that climate change is responsible for increased alcohol content.
A recent US report has cast doubt on winemakers‘ claims that climate change is responsible for increased alcohol content.
The report, ‘Splendide Mendax – False Label Claims about High and Rising Alcohol Content in Wine’ from the American Association of Wine Economists, analysed climate data from1992-2009. Continue reading „Decanter: Climate change not responsible for rising alcohol levels“
by Adam Lechmere – Synthetic cork manufacturer Nomacorc is planning to start a major research programme in China.
The programme, which will be a joint operation with a Chinese academic institution, will be on the same lines as the programmes Nomacorc already runs with University of California Davis, Geisenheim, the Wine Australian Research Institute
and other bodies.
The research will aim to understand how oxygen affects the development of wine in the bottle, Malcolm Thompson, global vice president of marketing and innovation told Decanter.com.
It will be geared towards the Chinese wine market and specific to wines produced in China, he said. Continue reading „Decanter: Nomacorc plans Chinese research“
by Jane Anson in Bordeaux, and Adam Lechmere – Chateau Gruaud Larose has just released its price for the 2010 vintage – prompting Bordeaux insiders to predict the floodgates will open.
, a second-growth and the highest-profile property to declare its price in the slowest en primeur campaign for at least ten years, will be €45 ex-Bordeaux, up 14.2% on last year.
Other important releases include Chateau d’Armailhac (at €32.40 ex-Bordeaux, +17.4% on 2009), Chateau Haut Bages Liberal (€27.50 ex-Bordeaux, +12.2% on 2009) and Chateau de Fieuzal (€25.20 for the red, +10.5%).
‘There will be an incredible number of releases over the next few days,’ Mathieu Chadronnier, managing director of negociant CVBG Grands Crus told Decanter.com. Continue reading „Decanter: Bordeaux 2010 – Gruaud Larose release to open floodgates?“
by Adam Lechmere – Vinexpo chief Robert Beynat is planning a return to the United States for the trade fair, after more than six years away.
The last time Vinexpo
was in America was Chicago in 2004, an event which attracted 25% less than the New York Vinexpo two years before.
At the time, France’s standing in the US was at an all-time low because of its opposition to the 2003 war with Iraq. It was not an auspicious time for Vinexpo to mount a trade fair in the US, Beynat said. Continue reading „Decanter: Vinexpo will return to America“
by Panos Kakaviatos – The woman who tried to buy bottles of Petrus worth €2,300 for €2.50 each by switching barcodes represents the tip of the iceberg, fraud experts say.
The 23-year-old, who has not been named, was caught last month in a Leclerc supermarket in Trélisssac, Dordogne, having changed barcodes, replacing the indicated price of about €2,300 per bottle with €2.50 labels, according to Agence France Presse.
But for every person caught, many more get away with such label switching, French supermarket executives told Decanter.com. Continue reading „Decanter: Petrus barcode switch tip of iceberg“