A sparkling success

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‘LVMH is betting on the fact that the world’s wine drinkers will want bubbles wherever they are – even in red wine-obsessed China’

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Barolo steps up

‘Barolo 2010 is not being shown to the world’s media officially until May but many of the UK allocations have already been sold’

An illustration by Ingram Pinn depicting Chinese wine
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China’s liquid leap

‘In recent years the number of entirely respectable Chinese reds has grown at an impressive rate’

'The gain in Spain' illustration
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The gain in Spain

‘The dramatic reduction in vineyard surface area has been more than compensated for by the introduction of vineyard irrigation’

Illustration for Jancis Robinson's 'A Catalan love story'
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A Catalan love story

‘Clos Erasmus’s maker and its US importer met years after they began their commercial relationship, and by 1997 they were married’

Portuguese Ambassador Joao de Vallera at the Portuguese Embassy, London, Britain on January 28 2011
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Douro diplomacy

‘Ambassador de Vallera is proud of having converted the sommelier at a top Berlin restaurant to Portuguese wines’

Rolling a barrel into the 2nd year chai of Chateau Margaux Margaux Gironde France Bordeaux
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Best value wines 2004

‘Ten years has conventionally been considered the minimum age for enjoying a halfway serious red bordeaux’

Illustration by Ingram Pinn of a champagne bottle
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Cause for celebration

‘Consumers demand more of the ageing on lees that provides champagne quality, and dryness has come to be viewed as a virtue’

An illustration by Ingram Pinn of a vineyard on a slope of a mountain
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Island treasures: Canary wines

‘Part of these wines’ appeal is that there is barely a Chardonnay or Cabernet vine on the Canaries’

illustration of a man using binoculars to look for bottles of wine
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The call of the wild

‘Diners on both sides of the Atlantic may search for classic bordeaux or full-blooded California Chardonnay in vain’

Obituary: Jean-Paul Gardère, winemaker, 1920-2014

Savvy son of the Médoc soil who restored lustre to Latour

Crate expectations

‘The total volume of wine shipped around the world in bulk now represents more than 40 per cent of all exported wine’

Burgundy 2012 overperformers

‘The better reds are almost eerily charming. Presumably the cool 2012 summer helped to preserve freshness’

Burgundy’s price storm

‘The 2012 vintage was the result of a growing season that was the most challenging today’s vignerons could remember’

Châteauneuf’s dilemma

‘Producers are worried about ever hotter summers – in very high temperatures the ripening process can simply stop’

When in Rhône

‘Things looked up from early August and the 2012 vintage was made by a warm, generally dry end to the season’

Top 100 festive wines: strong and sweet

The final part of our unmissable guide to the best of Christmas drinking

Top 100 festive wines: red wine

Part three of the unmissable guide to the best of Christmas drinking

Top 100 festive wines: white wine

Part two of our guide to the best of Christmas drinking

Wine: The new bunch

The world is drinking more than ever, despite its waning appeal in southern Europe


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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