Crossroads for Côte d’Or

‘Land in Burgundy is no longer affordable for Burgundians . . . Those with an eye to the future are investing in cheaper land to the south’

Tempranillo rising

Tempranillo went from being the world’s 24th most-planted grape in 1990 to fourth position in 2010

Winemakers make a U-turn

An increasing number of winemakers are expressing disaffection with the wines they made in the past

La Dernière Goutte

The best Paris wine shops, or cavistes

By far the busiest of Paris’s most interesting wine shops was a new one on the edge of the Marais that sells not a bottle of French wine

Best champagnes and sparkling wines

The judges worked over seven consecutive days. We must assume that all three have resilient tooth enamel and acid-resistant palates

'The final toast' illustration
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Baroness Philippine de Rothschild

‘Philippine had run Mouton Rothschild since 1988, when her father died, with such energy that it surprised many of us to learn that she had turned 80’

Vin de France illustration
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Relabelling European wine: what’s in a name?

Some wines labelled ‘Vin de France’ are truly exciting, representing admirable ambition on the part of the producers

Wine car boot illustration
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Wine Car Boot: a model way of selling

‘I have never experienced such a cool, friendly atmosphere at a public wine tasting’

Soil samples at a southern Rhône vineyard
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Serious student drinking

For recent graduates wondering what to do with their hard-won degrees, the world of wine needs many of their skills

Grapes of worth

I want to draw your attention to the world’s greatest white wine grape. It expresses place more eloquently than any other

South African wines

This collection really did confirm the existence of a whole new era in the country’s wine history

A nose for crime: counterfeit wines

‘Downey spends less time advising collectors on what to drink and more time armed with the tools of her anti-counterfeit trade’

Pinot Noir renaissance

Austria, until recently more readily associated with fine white wines, is enjoying a red-wine renaissance

The rich heritage of Italian wines

Of all the world’s wine-producing countries, Italy offers the greatest variety if not of wine styles then certainly of terrains

How to keep wine

These dusty wine racks are a symptom of an extremely common condition I will call Stuck Cork Syndrome

Masters’ class

‘It is remarkable that, at the recent eighth Masters of Wine symposium, a full 20 of the MWs were able to show off wines they had made’

Bojo with mojo

‘Today, the leaders of the Beaujolais region are making serious wines, properly vinified rather than rushed to market’

California chilling

‘These wines presented a different and refreshing face of America’s wine state’

An honorary Burgundian

‘Marchand makes about 60 different burgundies every vintage – and a range of wines in Western Australia’

Right-bank revolution?

‘The world of wine has been puzzled by the likely future of Château Figeac’

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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