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Extraordinary September weather may have rescued the 2014 Burgundy wine harvest from disaster, ripening 'intensely aromatic' whites and 'concentrated' reds. Pinot Noir grapes on the Corton Hill on 4 September. Image credit: BIVB Devastating hailstorms earlier this year left vignerons gloomy about the prospects for 2014.
More Bordeaux chateaux have been accepted into the Cru Bourgeois ranks for the 2012 vintage than for any year since the classification was relaunched. The Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Medoc announced today (19 September) that 267 chateaux have made it into the official selection for the 2012 vintage. That is up from 256 estates in 2013 and is the most since the classification was reborn in 2010.
Brief but heavy storms have failed to dampen Bordeaux winemakers' optimism for the 2014 red wine harvest, as figures show producers across France plan to increase yields to compensate for shortfalls last year. Bordeaux's 2014 harvest gets underway. Image credit: Bordeaux Wines Up to 17mm of rain fell across Bordeaux on Wednesday night (17 September).
Super Tuscan estate Monteverro plans to significantly increase production of its top wines over the next decade. A view of Monteverro vineyards in southern Tuscany. Image credit: Monteverro Monteverro only planted its first vines in 2004, but the estate's German owners, the Weber family, is keen to capitalise on the rising popularity of Italy's so-called Super Tuscan wines.
Renowned taster and World's Best Sommelier winner Gerard Basset MW MS has been appointed as Decanter's Burgundy correspondent. Image: Gerard Basset MW MS was named Decanter Man of the Year in 2013Gerard Basset is currently guest vice-chair of the Decanter World Wine Awards and vice-chair of the Decanter Asia Wine Awards.
Fierce bidding for thousands of wines amassed by ex-Cru restaurant owner Roy Welland has sent prices soaring above pre-sale estimates at a first auction in New York. Domaine G Roumier wines formed a significant part of Roy Welland's Burgundy collection sold off by Wally's. Image credit: Wally's Auction house Wally's said the first of two sales dedicated to Welland's extensive co ...
French wineries may come under added financial pressure as the government considers imposing social charges on wages paid to harvest workers with short-term contracts. Part-time harvest workers are crucial to France’s wine industry. Across agriculture in general, around 300,000 temporary harvest contracts are signed each year, representing around two-thirds of the country's harvest workers.
Fine wine buyers have spent August rediscovering their thirst for top Bordeaux, according to several traders, but talk of a full-blown recovery is premature. For the first time in a year, trading platform Liv-ex has reported a month-by-month increase on its Liv-ex 50 index, which tracks sales of the 10 most recently bottled vintages of the five Bordeaux first-growths.
Chateau de Pommard in Burgundy has been sold to American digital entrepreneur Michael Baum for an undisclosed fee. An aerial view of Chateau de Pommard. Image credit: Chateau de Pommard Baum, who is chief executive of Founder.org in California’s Silicon Valley, has bought the 18th Century estate from Maurice Giraud.
Strong demand for premium South African wine propelled the 40th Nederburg auction to one of its highest totals, despite lower quantities released for sale. Bidders at the 2014 Nederburg wine auction. Image credit: Nederburg Auction / DistellOrganisers said this year’s auction fetched 7m South African rand (£393,000), the highest total since sales of 7.47m rand in 2005 and a 60% increase on 2013.
Brunello di Montalcino's producer council has said it will take legal action against anyone found responsible for the stash of €1m-worth of falsely labelled wine seized by Italian police. The town of Montalcino that has given its name to one of Italy's best-known wines Italy's financial police agency has seized 160,000 litres - around 220,000 bottles-worth - of falsely labelled ...
Chilean winemaker Aurelio Montes intends to plant vines in Peru's Sacred Valley, near to the ancient city of Machu Picchu, to test the area's ability to produce wine. Aurelio Montes is keen to experiment in Peru's Sacred Valley. Image credit: Wikipedia / Charles Gadbois Montes (pictured) told journalists at a dinner in London this week that the vineyard trial in Peru will begin next week.
Christine Lurton de Caix has been appointed as ambassador for the most prestigious chateaux within her family company, Vignobles Andre Lurton, but denied that the move is part of a succession plan. Lurton de Caix (pictured) stepped down as director of Chateau Dauzac this summer, when French insurance company MAIF bought the Lurtons’ 42% stake in the estate to become sole owner.
Spilt wine has accounted for the bulk of wineries' estimated financial losses following California's worst earthquake for 25 years, with total costs now believed to be more than $80m. Damage to component wines for blending at Silver Oak Cellars.Image credit: David Duncan Barrels were thrown across cellars and bottles slid from shelves to smash on the hard floor below during the 6.
Summer rain has left winemakers across northern Italy facing difficult conditions for the 2014 harvest, but while many still remain optimistic there are higher hopes further south in the country. Peter McCombie MW hosts a Chianti Classico tasting at Decanter's Simply Italian - Great Wines even in London.