Slickly sweet

‘Aline Baly boasts that @ChateauCoutet is among the top five Twitter accounts for Bordeaux classed growths’

Vintage point

‘I was thrilled to find that most of the 2005 reds from Burgundy are now beginning to deliver pleasure’

Plan BEE

‘Black economic empowerment brands focus export efforts on Scandinavia where monopolies are willing to help their cause’

One mighty smallholder

‘With a Parker score of 93 out of 100, Julien sold his entire La Fleur Morange 2000 crop for a very decent sum in 20 minutes’

A picture taken on November 12, 2011, in Saint-Emilion, near Bordeaux, southwestern France, shows vineyards producing one of the famous wines of the Bordeaux region
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Will prices for this year’s vintage be high?

Many Bordelais seem not to care that their wines are currently out of fashion

Brunello’s back

‘Tuscany’s grandest wine is emerging from a period in the twilight after the five-star imbroglio known as Brunellogate’

Welcome to the USA

‘A strong wind of change has blown through the winelands of South Africa, Chile and Australia — so how are these new wines faring?’

Savvy Savagnin

‘Jura wines have become the height of fashion with certain wine trendsetters’

What lies beneath

‘Those who understand geology insist there can be no direct relationship between what is below the vineyard and what is in the glass’

Brave new bubbly

‘Growers’ champagnes, being identified with all this tech spec and with a real live individual attached, have much more of a story to tell’

Santa Cruz: mountains that conquer

‘These obsessively planted and tended vineyards are producing some of the most ambitious Pinot Noir being made anywhere’

Kiwi kudos: New Zealand Chardonnay

‘Kumeu River Chardonnays can more than hold their own’

Changing tastes

‘As part of the zeitgeist there is more emphasis on wines that taste lighter and fresher’

Pink rethink

‘Hues varied from pale-greyish salmon through some bluish lipstick-pinks to colours so deep they were really pale reds’

Italy’s precious past

‘Wine lovers who would like to taste significant ingredients in Italian wine history, and have the deepest of pockets, can now do so’

Blend ambition

‘As far as we neophyte blenders were concerned, it was just a question of getting the proportions right’

1955 — a very good year

‘I grew up knowing burgundy,’ Lalou told me. ‘As soon as I was born, my father wet my lips with Le Musigny 1929’

Cropped out: Cape wine lands

‘Few of the South African young guns can afford to buy land, so for their creative blends they depend on the goodwill of farmers’

Champagne: bursting the bubbly

‘We are left in the dark about too many champagnes. In an ideal world, I’d appreciate information about all ingredients’

Lucky ’07 wines

‘There were too many wines among those we tasted whose producers seemed to think it was enough to carry a famous name’

ABOUT JANCIS

Jancis RobinsonJancis Robinson has been writing and broadcasting about wine since 1975, and has been the FT’s wine correspondent since 1989. Her principal occupation nowadays is www.jancisrobinson.com but she is also responsible for many of the standard reference books on wine including The Oxford Companion to Wine and, with Hugh Johnson, The World Atlas of Wine.

She qualified as a Master of Wine, the first from outside the wine trade, in 1984, and regularly judges and lectures about wine around the world. She has presented several award-winning television programmes including Jancis Robinson’s Wine Course and Vintners’ Tales, and is a professional narrator.

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