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Final Call: Should 2013 Bordeaux en primeur be cancelled?

Published:  24 January, 2014

Some leading figures in the UK wine trade have called for the cancellation of the 2013 Bordeaux en primeur campaign, but is it just a select number of critics or a vast majority of buyers?

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David Siddle on why winemakers should fall back in love with goats

Published:  22 January, 2014

Goats have long been seen as the enemies of viticulture and of woodland management as a whole in the regions of Mediterranean climate. Difficult to manage and agile enough to climb steep hillsides or leap terraces they could reach the tallest growths. Left to their own devices a flock of omnivorous goats could wreck a vineyard in no time at all. Their reputation could not have been lower.

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Natasha Hughes on the intricacies of changing appellation names in the Rhône

Published:  21 January, 2014

One of the most frequently cited Shakespearian quotes suggests that: "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet". In the clear light of day, however, this is a proposition that simply does not hold up. Would you, for instance, eat in a restaurant called 'The Rubbish Dump' or buy a house in an area known as 'Price Tank Town'? Nope, thought not.

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French wines set for success with advent of sophisticated consumers

Published:  21 January, 2014
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?Liv-ex launches the Liv-ex Fine Wine 1000 index

Published:  20 January, 2014
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Olivier Krug talks to Giles Falllowfield about ID codes and keeping "Krugists" happy

Published:  17 January, 2014

I know his travel schedules are hectic but four continents in the space of one week seems excessive, even for him. In London, partly to see the pop-up Krug Kreperie in Covent Garden central market run in conjunction with Pierre Koffman, Olivier Krug is on a similarly lightening trip here after recent spells in Australia, Singapore, Canada and the USA. "I prefer quick visits where I can see lots of people in a short time as this means fewer days away from Champagne," says Krug.

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Enter Story Headline

Published:  17 January, 2014
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Should there be a Bordeaux 2013 en primeur campaign? Have your say...

Published:  17 January, 2014

Both critics and producers took to Twitter and social media yesterday to defend their stance of whether or not the Bordeaux 2013 en premieur campaign should in fact be held this year and if it was would they attend. Here we look at industry opinion and give you the chance to have your say in our Harpers.co.uk poll. 

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Bordeaux 2013 en primeur could shake up wine industry

Published:  16 January, 2014

Bordeaux's 2013 en primeur campaign may well be a "damp squib" thanks to a poor vintage and lack of interest from top journalists, but it could shake-up the trade and consumers.

While some critics are calling for the campaign to be called off, the Bordelais are imploring the trade and media to give the wines a chance, and merchants believe a bad campaign could revitalise the industry.

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Younger consumers key to exploring French wines' diversity

Published:  15 January, 2014

Younger consumers are vital to drive sales of lesser-known French wines, said experts at the French Wine Discovery Tasting.

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Exploration among younger generations is key to showing French Wines diversity

Published:  15 January, 2014

The 12th annual French Wine Discovery Tasting, which showcased over 120 exhibitors, was held at the Tobacco Dock yesterday on January 14th, 2014.

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Third year of decline for fine wine leads to 'healthier' position

Published:  08 January, 2014
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Panos Kakaviatos explores the world of Dom Pérignon

Published:  07 January, 2014

Champagne may be great to drink anytime, but it is good to know that one need not spend too much on a fine bottle. During a Paris salon earlier this month, I tasted through some lovely bottles of moderately priced non-vintage Champagnes, including Drappier, Piper Heidsieck and Larmandier-Bernier. These and others provide well balanced aromas and flavours of citrus, brioche and a full bodied character, complemented with fine bubbles and freshness.

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Two Good, 2 Bad for 2013, 2 Hopes and Fears for 2014: Olivier Bourdet-Pees, Plaimont Producteurs

Published:  30 December, 2013
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2 Good, 2 Bad for 2013: Gavin Quinney, Chateau Bauduc

Published:  23 December, 2013

In the second of our 2 Good, 2 Bad for 2013 series Bordeaux winemaker, Gavin Quinney of Chateau Bauduc, looks back on a year with more than its share of highs and lows including seeing a large part of his crop destroyed by hail as well as spend part of the year entertaining BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans on a tour of Bordeaux's best chateaux.

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Damien Wilson and Jérome Gallo look at the importance of business and wine education

Published:  23 December, 2013

On November 15, the Burgundy School of Business launched a new School of Wine and Spirits business at the Chamber of commerce, in Beaune. Although this launch wasn't front-page news in the New York Times, the fact that there is continuing coverage of the topic by the press suggests that there is more to this story than just another series of academic programmes to help prepare a batch of wine professionals.

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Two Good, 2 Bad for 2013: Gavin Quinney, owner Chateau Bauduc

Published:  23 December, 2013

In the second of our 2 Good, 2 Bad for 2013 series Bordeaux winemaker, Gavin Quinney of Chateau Bauduc, looks back on a year with more than its share of highs and lows including seeing a large part of his crop destroyed by hail as well as spend part of the year entertaining BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans on a tour of Bordeaux's best chateaux.

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Fine wine market declines for third year says Liv-ex

Published:  20 December, 2013

 

The fine wine market has declined for an unprecedented third year in a row, according to the 2013 fine wine report from Liv-ex, the global marketplace for fine wine.

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Enter Story Headline

Published:  20 December, 2013
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Over 100 producers head to French wine event

Published:  12 December, 2013

The 12th annual French Wine Discoveries Tasting will be held on Tuesday January 14, 2014 at Tobacco Dock near Tower Hill.

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