How “Cru Bourgeois” Came Back From The Brink

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Just over ten years ago, in 2007, the Cru Bourgeois ranking system was in tatters. The system brought in to give consumers a better view of the great and the good of the red wines of the Médoc (outside the 1855 classifications) was at breaking point.  Legal battles, rumours of nepotism by ruling councils, and even bribery had some Châteaux crying foul and walking away.  How did it get to that?

Meeting the Brilliant Olivier Dauga

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A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to get to host an evening with Olivier Dauga (consultant winemaker in France) at my new restaurant, La Ferme, in Primrose Hill.

Before the great and the good of British bloggers and journalists descended, Olivier asked to borrow me for a quick video…needless to say I didn’t expect to go where it did…

WARNING – It’s in french.  Well…Oilvier’s bit is in french, mine’s in shit french 🙂

Provence Rosé – The Serious Side Of Seriously Fun Wines

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Right, I might have given the game away a bit much about my guilty pleasure of the film “A Good Year”, but my recent article in The Buyer is up and published.

Here’s my love letter to all things Provence Rosé, on of the most serious “fun” wines money can buy…and should buy!

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Is This The Only 100% Biodynamic AOC in the World?

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I’m doing a little bit of work at the minute on rosé from Provence and thought it’d be a good idea, if I’m going to do a half decent job, to do a shed load of background reading on the subject.  It’s incredible how often this happens in wine, but it was another occasion of reading around a subject you assumed would be a bit samey and being completely bloody wrong.  Not only that, but I’ve stumbled across my new favourite wine region.

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Out Of The Frying Pan And Into The Fire For Bordeaux’s Vignerons

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2017 was not a happy time for a huge swathe of Bordeaux grape growers.  An early flowering of the vines due to warmer temperatures at the start of the year was followed by a devastating frost in April, wiping out an entire year’s crop for the unlucky ones.

Would fate be cruel enough to have another go in 2018?

Photos coming out of Bordeaux following recent storms are gut wrenching. Hailstones the size of golf balls wrecked merry havoc on vines in areas like Blaye and Bourg in the north, Entre Deux Mers to the east of the city, and the famous Médoc region to the west.

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Why Bordeaux Primeurs Are Still Worth Your Interest

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One of the jobs I have is to sell wine to private punters, and Bordeaux makes up a large proportion of that.  It’s a region I love, from the food, the wine, and producers…everything really, so it’s not really a toughy to be an enthusiastic salesman.  But every year, around April/May the primeurs campaign has me struggling.  But a recent article in Decanter made me realise I was missing some obvious tricks…

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Steady As She Goes Louis Jadot

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Louis Jadot is a Burgundy wine behemoth.  Producing wines in over a quarter of the region’s 600 appellations, they really are one of the biggest players in Eastern France’s long and winding wine heartland.  Recently I met Fred Barnier, the man charged to continue the traditions of this 150 year old business, with a brief to do absolutely nothing!  Well, kind of…

http://www.the-buyer.net/opinion/mike-turner-jadot-winemaker-frederic-barnier/

The New Wave Of Co-op wine Making

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I recently got the invite to head off to Southern France for the 50th anniversary celebrations of Foncalieu Wines, one of the largest co-operative wine makers in the region.  I was um-ing and ah-ing about what I’d find to write about over there, but thanks to the immaculately afro’ed Romain, I found my angle…here’s my latest piece in The Buyer about the changing attitudes of Co-op Wineries!

http://www.the-buyer.net/opinion/debunking-myth-french-co-op/