When it comes to making quality Grenache there is a common thread of process and practice that connects winemakers wherever they are in the world. Chris Wilson hears from three winemakers from Swartland, Catalonia and the Rhône about how they are faced with similar challenges when working with this grape and overcome them in varying ways to produce fruit and wine that showcases the quality, potential and adaptability of Grenache.
There are always murmurings in the trade that there are too many big generic wine tastings, questioning their relevance for busy buyers and sommeliers. But when a country does not have a major event to showcase its wines it quickly leads a void that importers and distributors are happy to fill. Like Italy and the emergence of Il Collettivo as an alternative to the no longer Definitive Italian wine tasting. Silvia Garatti of Forty Five 10 explains why she believes it’s now a must attend event for the premium on-trade.
Freshness, balance, complexity and age worthiness of the wine are all central to the philosophy of Hélène and Patrice Lévêque, the husband and wife team at Clos L’Eglise, a 6-hectare site in Pomerol. Unconventional in technique, perhaps, but the wines were showing magnificently at yesterday’s 20 year anniversary sommelier tasting in London’s 67 Pall Mall which Hélène insisted was done blind so that we would concentrate on the wines in hand. There were quite a few surprises thrown in for good measure…
The Australian wine industry might be blessed with some mighty fine wines, but it has got a whole load of characters to first make them and then sell them. Some of those winemakers have made the trip to the UK this week to show their wines at Wine Australia’s series of Australia Day tastings. One of whom is Christian Dal Zotto who will be showing how well Italian grape varieties are now performing with his range of wines, including Australia-style Prosecco.
We continue our series looking at some of the Australian winemakers who will be over in the UK next week to take part in Wine Australia’s Australia Day Tastings with Rory Lane of The Story Wines from just outside Melbourne who will be showing his cool climate wines made from grapes grown in the Grampians in Western Victoria. He also shares his cricket memories and the highs and lows of The Ashes as an Australian.
Today we take on you a trip to the Yarra Valley, Australia, and, specifically to the Payten and Jones winery run by old school mates, Behn Payten, Troy Jones and Behn’s dad, Peter, who are very much part of the raw, minimal intervention style of winemaking that is becoming such a feature of Australian wine. Here Troy Jones shares his thoughts on the wines you can taste at this month’s Wine Australia tasting, and as we are still in Aussie cricket season, his memories of the Ashes.
With wine experts saying that 2016 is the vintage when Burgundy buyers and lovers should start looking to the ‘lesser’ appellations, Victor Smart travels to Château Santenay to meet winemaker Gérard Fagnoni and hear why his estate is talking less about terroir and more about typicité – the latter playing better with Millennials.
A grower Champagne house, who have been growers since day one and continue to be, are making profound wines that find the balance between terroir, grape variety, and winemaker influence. Christina Rasmussen recently met the brother-sister duo at London’s Café Comptoir and Wine to sit down with them and talk Chouilly and Bisseuil.
Anyone who is anyone in the UK wine trade will have had January 8-12 etched into their new 2018 diaries as all attention turns to Bourgogne Week and analysing, debating, tasting, swirling and spitting the best of what this region can offer. It will also be the first time many buyers will get the chance to taste the fruits of the 2016 vintage and what was one of the worst weather hit harvests to hit this iconic region. To help set the scene we turn to Jean Soubeyrand of the Bourgogne Wine Board.
Considering what has been happening in the Ashes over the last few weeks it is not surprising to hear Australian winemakers will be making the journey to the UK to be part of this month’s Australia Day tastings. One of which is Jeremy Dineen, chief winemaker at Josef Chromy, part of Bibendum’s Australian offer. Here he gives his take on the Australian wine scene and, as it’s still cricket time, his memories of the Ashes over the years.