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BORDEAUX – THE MIGHTY WON’T FALL

As France’s most famous wine region faces challenging times, its chateaux are behaving like true leaders, reports Julien Yung Mameaux. Bordeaux wine prices are adjusting – for the better. Culminating on decades of nearly immaculate reputation, two vintages broke records when wine critic Robert Parker Jr. gave perfect 100-points ratings to fifteen chateaux in 2009 and ten in 2010; prices jumped by 20 per cent and 12 per cent respectively. But as the world caught the Bordeaux fever, a tough era was ushered with the 2011 and 2012 vintages, performing below expectations. With stock piling up and a demanding client ... Read More »

CHAMPION OF BUBBLES

There is no wine quite like Champagne. Adored by people as diverse as Napoleon and Marilyn Monroe, the “sauté-bouchon” (jumping cork in French) as it was once called, has been the dedicated potion of magical nights since the 1600s. The epitome of the French art-de-vivre, the wine was born still, like those of Burgundy or Bordeaux, but wasn’t destined to remain so. A series of mistakes including early bottling led to fermentation to continue inside the bottle – and the effect of sun and heat during transportation would turn the wine into a fizzy beverage by the time it reached the ... Read More »

Barossa Bravo

Brave Barossa. Australia’s most celebrated wine region, Barossa is also now celebrated as one of the world’s greatest wine producing areas. The home to some of the oldest vineyards in the world hosted courageous pioneering families that have shaped the landscape of Australian wine. Some vines are around 120 to 125 years old. And wherever you go within the Barossa Valley, you will feel this valiant history, culture and sense of liveliness. With over 100 wine producers, Barossa and its sister Eden Valley have been the field for wineries that are now fine boutique wine makers like Yalumba and Henschke, and ... Read More »

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