The year begins, as always, with Burgundy, as producers and importers offer samples of 2013 for the en primeur tastings. The Burgundians have not had an easy time for the past few years – the weather seems determined to prove that ever-advancing technology is still the servant, not the master – and 2013 was no exception, with a cool, wet spring, summer hailstorms (again) and a humid September. Still, Jancis Robinson suggests that while this vintage is ‘far from opulent, it is fresh and focused’ – so with expert guidance, we should all be able to keep ourselves in fine Burgundy for the next few years.
Published in the Financial Times, 14 November 2014
Working out where to store wine should be straightforward: avoid direct sunlight, excess heat or cold and fluctuations in temperature. Which means never keep wine in the kitchen, convenient as it might be to have bottles to hand. Dry air harms wine, so humidity should be above 50 per cent (and ideally about 70 per cent); and if you are storing for decades, vibrations are to be avoided as they may harm the wine.
As players and pundits ponder whether the bear Bordeaux market is at or close to the end of its retreat, Ella Lister explores the ways in which the fine-wine market as a whole is widening, with bullish Burgundy and Rhône, Piedmont and Tuscany, and a higher proportion of more mature wines making more and more of the running.
This is the first time since 2003 that Parker did not release his provisional scores in advance of the en primeur campaign and only the second time in over 30 years that he elected not to do so as he was on a tour of Asia
In 2010 and 2011, trade for ‘other’ regions – that is, those beyond Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Italy and the Rhône – accounted for less than half a percent of all trade on Liv-ex. There was such little demand on the secondary market that the wines did not feature in, nor were they represented by, any index.
The University of Bordeaux campus resembles a weekend estate in the Gironde: sprawling gardens suffused with the smell of geraniums, scattered chateaux co-opted as classrooms or labs. Tucked away in a leafy grove is an incongruously modern research facility known as the Centre d’Etudes Nucleaires de Bordeaux Gradignan, or CENBG, home to the sleek, wood-sided lab of physicist Philippe Hubert.
Après la pluie, le beau temps. The French equivalent of ’every cloud has a silver lining’ might just prove to be the case, taken literally, for Bordeaux 2014. After a mixed and wet July and a cool, damp August, the sun is shining brightly for the start of September and the forecast is encouraging for a good harvest – if the weather holds.. read more