Dear wine lover, here are links to some of the articles that were published on this week.

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Dear wine lover

My picture shows the world's first specialist fine-wine auctioneer Michael Broadbent MW at his ninetieth birthday celebration in Vintners' Hall this week being congratulated by Gelasio Lovatelli, who had come from Italy to be there. Lots of well-wishers had specially crossed the Atlantic to be with him too - although he only just made it. 

At the party I received quite a bit of comment on and support of my rather cheeky article last Saturday about how Champagne has lost its crown. I was also a bit cheeky about Prosecco, so it was mete and right that we published on Monday a charming riposte in defence of Prosecco by one of the honourably mentioned contestants in our recent wine writing competition. 

Not for the first time, Walter gave us a scoop, a thorough and surprisingly delighted look at the latest vintage releases in Barbaresco - not as bridesmaid to Barolo but in its own right. 

Julia filed 3,300 words and many a map and picture cataloguing the many changes she noted while in Mendoza, Argentina, recently for the first time since late 2005.

And Gavin Quinney supplied a horrifying report on the recent frost damage in Bordeaux.

I published tasting notes on a wide range of 2014 bordeaux currently, and rather unexpectedly, being offered by the single bottle by UK retailer Marks & Spencer. (We Brits normally have to commit ourselves to at least six bottles of wines like this.)  I report on Marquis d'Angerville's 2015 burgundies today and reported on the much-improved wines of Cyprus on Wednesday, to tie in with Dr José Vouillamoz's exposition of this Mediterranean island's indigenous vine varieties.

Last Saturday Nick outlined the restaurant revolution that is currently taking place around Victoria station in London. On Monday Ferran treated us to a thorough, and slightly disappointed, profile of the wines of Bierzo in north-west Spain, home of the Mencía grape, tangential subject of a recent thread in our members' forum.

Today Richard enthuses over one of our favourite Nahe Rieslings. Tomorrow I'm off to ProWine Asia in Hong Kong and Room to Read events in Honkers and Singapore. Perhaps I'll see you there?


Frosted Bordeaux - a damage assessment (Free for all)

May 05, 2017 10:07 am | Guest contributor

Gavin Quinney of Ch Bauduc reports in horrified detail on the recent devastating frosts in Bordeaux.The extent of the damage from the frost at the end of April is now becoming clear. Following on from three really good, generous vintages - culminating in the biggest Bordeaux harvest for more than a decade in 2016 - we've been brought back to earth…

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Tesch, Unplugged Riesling trocken 2014/15 Nahe (Wines of the week)

May 05, 2017 09:00 am | Richard Hemming MW

From €8.50, 99.95 Danish krone, 1,716 yen, £13.20, 17.80 Swiss francs, NZ$30  Find the 2014 Find the 2015 As so many of us spend our lives online these days, the concept of unplugging becomes ever more appealing. Indeed, there exist companies who specialise entirely in providing 'digital detox retreats' such as Unplugged Weekend. About whom…

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D'Angerville's 2015s (Tasting articles)

May 05, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

Remember Burgundy’s 2015s? We published 2,250 tasting notes on them back in January but Guillaume, Marquis d’Angerville, waited until last month to present samples of his refined 2015s, just prior to bottling, in London, where they were offered by both Justerini & Brooks and Corney & Barrow (exclusive agents in Singapore) - although he did observe…

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Barbaresco 2014 - a vintage surprise (Tasting articles)

May 04, 2017 09:00 am | Walter Speller

Walter has a unique inside track on the latest releases from Barbaresco, a total of 140 2014s and 2012 Riservas. The 2014 is Italy’s bad rap vintage due to an unusual cool and very wet growing season. All hopes seemed to be dashed when an initially warm late summer was affected by yet more rain. Already by early summer of 2014, months before anyone…

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Michael Broadbent MW turns 90 (Free for all)

May 04, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

Founder of the international fine-wine market Michael Broadbent of Christie’s celebrated his 90th birthday this week, not just once but twice. On Tuesday, the day itself, he gave a dinner for enough close friends and family to fill the handsome first-floor dining room of his club, Brooks’s, overlooking St James’s Street. We enjoyed a handsome beef…

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Cyprus's vineyard treasure trove (Inside information)

May 03, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

Co-author of Wine Grapes Dr José Vouillamoz reports on recent discoveries in the renascent vineyards of Cyprus. See also The Cyprus wine revolution. A recent short trip to Cyprus allowed me to take the pulse of this underrated wine-producing island, on which phylloxera is miraculously still unknown, making it one of the only wine regions in Europe,…

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The Cyprus wine revolution (Tasting articles)

May 03, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

To complement Dr José Vouillamoz’s fascinating report on discovering indigenous grape varieties on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, I’m publishing my notes on a presentation on the recent Cypriot wine revolution made last October by Dr Caroline Gilby MW, one of the five finalists in our recent wine writing competition. Her lecture and the…

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Mendoza 11 years on (Inside information)

May 02, 2017 09:00 am | Julia Harding MW

So much has evolved and improved in Argentina since my last visit there, regrettably long ago in December 2005, just before I started working full time with Jancis, that I could not squeeze all my thoughts and observations into my earlier article Mendoza - increasingly diverse and refined. Here are some of the themes that recurred in my…

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M&S for smart 2014 bordeaux by the bottle (Tasting articles)

May 02, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

Today iconic if far-from-untroubled British retailer Marks and Spencer launch quite an exciting initiative, selling a raft of 2014 red bordeaux that they bought en primeur two years ago. The 2014s are looking increasingly attractive to lovers of drinking, as opposed to investment, claret, as I reported recently in Bordeaux 2014 retasted in London. …

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Bierzo explained (Tasting articles)

May 01, 2017 09:00 am | Ferran Centelles

It's unlikely that with this article I am introducing you to Bierzo. There has been a pronounced increase in interest in this north-west Spanish region over the last 20 years. The potential of the region is beyond doubt, not just because it is the homeland of Mencía, a grape variety that has proved that it does not have to be rustic and can produce…

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In praise of Prosecco (Free for all)

May 01, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

Pierazzo da Feltre, honorably mentioned among the finalists in our wine writing competition, reports on the polarisation that is taking place in Proseccoland, the subject of one of his competition entries. We thought it a suitable antidote to Jancis's more jaundiced comments on Prosecco on Saturday in Champagne - losing its fizz? Part 1 - Prosecco…

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Victoria gets a facelift (Nick on restaurants)

Apr 29, 2017 01:00 am | Nick Lander

A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. For the many British workers whose daily commute is into and out of Victoria station, the choice of restaurants in the area has to date been bleak. Until recently, that is. Two high spots for me at least were the very British menu on offer at The Goring Hotel to the north and Andrew…

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Champagne - losing its fizz? (Free for all)

Apr 29, 2017 01:00 am | Jancis Robinson

A shorter version of this article is published by the Financial Times. For years champagne ran the most sophisticated and effective public relations machine in the world of wine. Consumers were convinced that champagne and only champagne was the socially acceptable lubricant for celebrations and smart dinner parties. But all that has changed. A…

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