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Decanter January 2017

Published by TI Media Limited The world’s best wine magazine. It is simply the “wine bible”. Every month it provides recommendations on the world’s finest wines and tells you where you can find them. From top Bordeaux to the best value wine on the shelf, Decanter guides you through a maze of wine to help you find the right wine for you. It also offers interviews with leading wine personalities, in-depth guides to the wine regions and the latest wine news.

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1 minuti
the joy of terroir

The Lavaux vineyards cover 830 hectares of the Swiss Riviera, and consist of 10,000 terraces stretching along the northern shores of Lake Geneva. Lavaux was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2007, thanks to its rich history and natural beauty. Seen here in the distance is the ancient Roman town of Cully, while the snow-covered slopes in the foreground are vineyards classified as AC Dézaley Grand Cru. This appellation is the steepest and oldest in Lavaux, the first vines planted in the 12th century by Cistercian monks. Today Dézaley produces mainly Chasselas, a white variety that typically gives light-bodied, low-alcohol wines that have a saline and mineral character due to the varied clay and limestone soils. The wines gain complexity from the microclimate formed by Lake Geneva as it…

2 minuti
john stimpfig

LIKE MOST OENOPHILES, I love to plan which wines I am going to serve for a dinner party and the dishes I will pair them with. But what about the vexed question of matching wine and people? I suspect this social conundrum occurs more often than we care to admit. And possibly no more so than at this festive time of year, when we stress and delight in planning which of our best bottles to fetch up from the cellar. In my experience, the delight comes from the anticipation of opening such treasures for set-piece feasts. In contrast, the stress usually comes from calibrating what to pour for whom. I recall interviewing Michael Broadbent about this for the Financial Times in 2003. The Broadbentian view was that Christmas lunch was not the…

5 minuti
a month in wine

World wine yield hit by low French harvest GLOBAL WINE PRODUCTION is set to plummet to a near 20-year low in 2016, as France contemplates one of the country’s smallest harvests in three decades. Torrid weather – from El Niño in South America to frost and hail in France – means that millions fewer bottles of wine will be produced this year, according to early estimates from the International Organisation of Wine and Vine (OIV). The OIV predicts that some 259.5 million hectolitres of wine will be made in 2016; this is 5% down on last year and one of the three lowest-production years since 2000. Italy remains the world’s biggest wine-producing nation, with an estimated 48.8m hl of wine made this year, down 2% on 2015, and followed by France at about 43.2m…

1 minuti
in brief

English artist David Hockney has illustrated the label for Château Mouton Rothschild 2014, becoming the fifth Briton to do so. A friend of Mouton owner Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, Hockney included the words ‘In tribute to Philippine’ above an image of two wine glasses. A new ‘smart stopper’ claims to help keep an open bottle of wine fresh for months by removing the oxygen from the air in the bottle. Repour, designed by US chemist Tom Lutz, claims Its ‘oxygen-absorbing material’ brings the level of oxygen in the bottle to below 0.05%. Philippe Bascaules is Château Margaux’s new managing director, succeeding Paul Pontallier following his death earlier this year. Bascaules was previously estate director at the first growth, but left to run Francis Ford Coppola’s Inglenook Winery in Napa Valley. He takes…

1 minuti
letter of the month

I ENJOYED YOUR article on ‘Little brother’ wines (November 2016 issue). But as the third of four siblings, I was offended by the idea that little brothers are somehow inferior to big brothers. Huffing and puffing over the top of my magazine, I expressed this view to my wife – the youngest of two siblings – who, as ever, corrected me. Little brothers and sisters are free to bend and break the rules, we are ready for action sooner, we mature faster and don’t carry the responsibility on our shoulders that the eldest must. Little brothers rarely compliment big brothers even if they do complement them. We both agreed that it would be an honour to spend the evening with Prince William but it would be more interesting to spend the evening…

7 minuti
letters

On scoring I agree with Jane Anson (November 2016) on the ‘craziness’ of 100-point scoring. I too find the system completely useless – unless of course it was designed for the top 10% of wines in the world. And given that wine is such a wide, complex and evolving subject, it is pointless and ignorant to talk about only the top 10%. In the past 10 years, for example, Sicilian wines have improved in leaps and bounds. Even Thailand (where I grew up) is now making wine! Selecting wines only when they score between 90 and 100 points is damaging to the wine world generally. I am no fan of bland, branded supermarket wines, but one can, from time to time, find good and interesting wines that fall below the 90-point…