Chablis: Ice queen

A brief introduction to the wines of Chablis... You’d have trouble making drinkable wine further north than Chablis. Every year the local winegrowers sleep fitfully during spring, keeping one eye on the thermometer. Frost is a tireless threat, and can decimate a crop. But if the delicate buds make it through the spring, and the grapes soak up enough sun during the growing season, they can produce…

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2011 Rhône: the George Harrison vintage

The Faravel brothers at Domaine de la Bouïssière © Søren Gudiksen Who was the best musician out of The Beatles? Let’s face it, it’s either Paul and John. What about George Harrison? After Paul and John, George comes a solid third. Sorry Ringo. If 2011 Rhône was a Beatle, it would be George. The two stellar years of 2009 and 2010 would be Paul and John; 2011 takes a good third place. Though far…

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Gevrey-Chambertin: Deep Burgundy

A brief introduction to the wines of Gevrey-Chambertin in Burgundy… With over 600 vineyards across 100 appellations, Burgundy can be a daunting region to explore. Especially when most vineyards are split between numerous producers – some lazy, some gifted. There’s no easy way in. Just choose one village at a time and taste a handful of its wines; then move on to the next. It will take a lifetime…

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