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Smith Haut Lafitte: All the ‘7’s from 1947 to 2017

Smith Haut Lafitte: All the ‘7’s from 1947 to 2017

It might be known as ‘lucky seven’ in some bingo halls, but vintage years ending in this number have rarely made life easy for Bordeaux red wine producers in the post-Second World War era. Jane Anson reports on a landmark tasting stretching from 1947 to 2007 at Smith Haut Lafitte, with the 2017 en primeur wines also included and three of the estate’s white wines from 1987, 1997 and 2007.

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Smith Haut Lafitte in Pessac-Léognan.

A rare tasting of vintage years ending in ‘7’…

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Jefford on Monday: Delta wine

Jefford on Monday: Delta wine

Andrew Jefford discovers Costières de Nîmes…

Vines in the 'delta' of Costières de Nîmes.
Vines in the ‘delta’ of Costières de Nîmes.

Exploring the wines of Costières de Nîmes…

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Jefford on Monday: Delta wine

Jefford on Monday: Delta wine

Andrew Jefford discovers Costières de Nîmes…

Vines in the 'delta' of Costières de Nîmes.
Vines in the ‘delta’ of Costières de Nîmes.

Exploring the wines of Costières de Nîmes…

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Hugh Johnson: When bottles surprise you

Hugh Johnson: When bottles surprise you

Hugh Johnson considers those times when your highly anticipated bottles end up a disappointment…

Wine can be hard to predict…

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Buying wine en primeur: How to approach it

Buying wine en primeur: How to approach it

Colin Hay, a professor of political economy with a special interest in the Place de Bordeaux, considers the different ways of approaching en primeur purchasing, as the Bordeaux 2017 campaign gets underway.

The cellar room at Château Pavie.
The cellar room at Château Pavie.

En primeur is a rather strange and, arguably, arcane system of buying and selling wine in which the consumer purchases …Continue reading »

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Jefford on Monday: Weighing up Gimblett Gravels

Jefford on Monday: Weighing up Gimblett Gravels

 Andrew Jefford reviews progress in Hawke’s Bay’s red-wine hot spot.

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Gimblett Gravels vineyards in autumn.

Tasting the 2015 vintage…

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Comment: ‘There are two worlds of wine: the fine-wine machine… and then the rest’

Comment: ‘There are two worlds of wine: the fine-wine machine… and then the rest’

Can we judge the ‘two worlds’ of wine in the same way, asks Andrew Jefford…

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Should they be judged in the same way?

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Anson: What drives people to make wine?

Anson: What drives people to make wine?

Whether you have dreams of making your own cuvée, or already spend your days in the cellar, Jane Anson considers the enduring appeal of producing wine.

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What drives people to make wine?

What drives people to make wine?

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Jefford on Monday: Mindfulness and wine

Jefford on Monday: Mindfulness and wine

Andrew Jefford asks if the two are incompatible.

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Tasting wine at a Decanter ‘discovery theatre’ class on Muscat de Rivesaltes.

Are the two compatible?…

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Jefford on Monday: The taste of spring

Jefford on Monday: The taste of spring

Andrew Jefford examines the uniqueness of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé.

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The vineyards of Sancerre above Chavignol.

The wines of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé…

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