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

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Dear wine lover

This weekend we leave our little corner of the Languedoc and I travel to Wiesbaden to taste the 2016 white and 2015 red Grosse Gewächse with Michael Schmidt for your delectation (and mine, I must admit). Re-entry into the great wide world from our quiet village of vignerons, retirees and commuters is always strange, and I expect it to be stranger than usual this year when we have been breathing new life into an old house. 

This weekend Julia will be in Jerez and Richard in British Columbia so we will be far-flung. Tam, we are depending on you!

On the website this week we were as eclectic as usual, with contributions on Croatia, Clare Valley (the king of Riesling), verticals of two interlinked Bordeaux châteaux, Julia's collections of tasting notes from impeccable sources all over France and from a  fastidious wine merchant in Scotland who is extending over the border. My wine of the week today is another underpriced gem from the Loire

Alder wrote about wine clubs, a phenomenon that is particularly popular in the US, and this has spawned an interesting thread on the forum of Purple Pages about members' experiences of them. And for this week's Throwback Thursday we revisited a  popular topic, wine and teeth.

Last Saturday, back in the FT saddle, I wrote about how to most cleverly buy wines for a birth year while Nick reviewed an interesting restaurant in Paris (as he does again tomorrow).

But perhaps the most interesting contribution this week is by one of Chile's most admired winemakers, a two-part (free) account of his annual trip around some of the most interesting vineyards and cellars in Europe (Italy and Spain in this case). Marcelo Retamal, pictured above in a vineyard in Pompei, does not pull any punches.

Hoping you find all this useful, or at least entertaining,


​Lamé Delisle Boucard, Cuvée des Chesnaies 2015 Bourgueil (Wines of the week)

Aug 18, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

From €8.90, £9.99 Find this wine I don’t know about you but I have a very clear vision of my red Loire ideal, my ideal red Loire. It is a pure expression of the seductive pencil-shavings fragrance of Cabernet Franc with just enough fruit to make it appealing – not a concentrated monster, and certainly no hint of obvious oak. I found such a wine…

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WoodWinters crosses Hadrian’s Wall (Tasting articles)

Aug 18, 2017 09:00 am | Julia Harding MW

Scottish wine merchant WoodWinters is extending its reach south of the border. Founded in 2005 by Douglas Wood, WoodWinters has until now sold 90% of their wines and whiskies in Scotland, where they have shops in Inverness, Bridge of Allen and Edinburgh, as well as having wholesale and private client arms. You can also buy any of their wines and…

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Graševina, Croatia's crucial Welschriesling (Tasting articles)

Aug 17, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

There is officially a total of 21,000 ha (51,890 acres) of vineyard in Croatia (there were 170,000 ha before phylloxera struck) but the average holding is tiny. When travelling around Split, where I went in late April for the Tribidrag conference, I certainly noticed that many households seemed to cultivate just a few rows of vines, along with…

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Wine and teeth revisited (Free for all)

Aug 17, 2017 07:27 am | Guest contributor

17 August 2017 For today's Throwback Thursday, we revisit a popular topic, one that we first tackled in detail in 2004, as you will see if you click on some of these links. 11 July 2012 I have just received the following supplement to the original article below that we published almost four years ago about how wine drinkers can best look after…

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Land of the free, home of the wine club (Alder on America)

Aug 16, 2017 09:00 am | Alder Yarrow

Along with apple pie, hot dogs, hamburgers and baseball, we need to add one more thing to the list of things qualifying as quintessentially American: the monthly wine club. For many years, I simply supposed that these schemes were universal, but since my references to them in conversations with European friends have been met with some puzzlement, I…

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Gens de Métier – express route to pleasure (Tasting articles)

Aug 16, 2017 09:00 am | Julia Harding MW

In the invitation to this tasting, the first ever held in London by the Union des Gens de Métier, the producers described themselves as a ‘group of friends and winemakers, originally founded by the late Didier Dagueneau’, which perhaps explains two things: the eclectic mix of regions and styles and the extremely high standard of the wines, which…

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Reta's 2016 European tour – part 2 (Free for all)

Aug 15, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

This is the second, highly opinionated report by Marcelo Retamal, winemaker for De Martino in Chile, on his most recent travels around the world of wine. See the introduction to yesterday’s half for the background to this annual ritual. ITALY continued TUSCANY – in search of classics Having tasted many natural wines, looking for a bit more…

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Grosset verticals 2016–2000 (Tasting articles)

Aug 15, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

A bit like Andrea Franchetti (in frequency of coverage rather than character), Jeffrey Grosset probably deserves his own article tag on this site. His universally admired Clare Valley Rieslings have twice featured as wines of the week, in 2003 and 2010, and he is frequently mentioned and quoted in other articles, not least in connection with his …

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Larrivaux and Lafon-Rochet (Tasting articles)

Aug 14, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

Nephew of the owner of Ch Pontet-Canet Basile Tesseron (pictured), his wife Berangère Carsberg, and their four sons (two of them pictured below) visited us in the Languedoc to share verticals of their respective red bordeaux, Chx Lafon-Rochet and Larrivaux. While Lafon-Rochet is a St-Estèphe and Larrivaux an Haut-Médoc in the commune of Cissac,…

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Reta's 2016 European tour - part 1 (Free for all)

Aug 14, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

Author of this report, Marcelo Retamal, technical director of De Martino, is one of the most respected winemakers in Chile. One of many things that sets him apart is his curiosity, his knowledge of the wine world at large, and his good fortune in being employed by De Martino, who have the foresight to allow him to spend three or four weeks each…

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Vintage-dated gifts (Free for all)

Aug 12, 2017 01:00 am | Jancis Robinson

A shorter version of this article is published by the Financial Times. See also L’Archiviste’s VDNs in 2017. Looking for a bottle to give as a present? Those carrying significant years, ideally birth years, can be just the job. But the trouble is that if wines are to have the same age as the recipient, they tend to be expensive. A twentieth-century…

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Ellsworth – a worthwhile restaurant in Paris (Nick on restaurants)

Aug 12, 2017 01:00 am | Nick Lander

There are certain advantages available to any restaurateur opening their second restaurant. That is, of course, in comparison with the many disadvantages involved. The opening of a second restaurant is the only occasion on which restaurateurs will be asked to double in size, putting plenty of stress on their financial muscle, their management…

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