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Decanter Sep-2018

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd 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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star lane vineyard, santa barbara

Star Lane Vineyard is in Happy Canyon in California’s Santa Barbara County. It covers 81ha of slopes – ranging between 230m and 455m altitude – and was planted with Bordeaux varieties in 1998, mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, although some Merlot can be seen along the ridge, with Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot in the foreground. The canyon has varied soil types, with silty clay loam, shale and sandstone. The resulting wines are Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant blends, typically dark in colour and fruit-forward with herbaceous aromas. Star Lane is owned by the Dierberg family, who bought different vineyards in Santa Barbara during the 1990s. This is their warmest site with low rainfall, as evidenced by the golden swathes of fallow grassland, stretching away towards the Santa Ynez Mountains. Star Lane was formerly…

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john stimpfig

THIS MONTH, I want to hand out a couple of much merited tributes. The first goes my talented and hardworking colleagues on Decanter.com for winning one of the top honours at the AOP Digital Publishing Awards. At the end of June, Decanter was deservedly named Best Online Media Property or Brand. It’s a significant and prestigious win in a highly competitive category. It’s also recognition of the quality, transformation and growth that Decanter.com has achieved, both in content and global reach. Moreover, it reflects the undoubted success and impact of our new Decanter Premium online offering. This has now attracted more than 3,000 subscribers around the world. If you haven’t yet given Premium a go, why not take advantage of the 20% discount for magazine subscribers? Just use the promotion code…

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a month in wine

France wine import probe reveals fraud AN iNvEsTigATioN CoNDuCTED by France’s anti-fraud watchdog DgCCRF has found millions of bottles-worth of Spanish wine that has been misleadingly labelled to make consumers think it is home-grown. The DgCCRF claims to have audited 179 outlets in 2016 and 564 in 2017, finding that in those years 22% and 15% respectively had wines falling foul of labelling rules. The investigation examined imported wine as a whole, although officials said that spanish wine imports became the focus. They reported several instances of spanish wines being passed off as French, with the amount of wine involved in each case ranging from 2,000hl to 34,500hl – up to 4.6 million bottles in total. Common issues included spanish wine ‘sold in bulk as French wine or even assuming a French igP name’,…

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around the wine world

Chinese-owned Bordeaux estates under investigation France’s Central Office for the Repression of Major Financial Crime (OCRGDF) has frozen ownership of 10 vineyards and châteaux in Bordeaux. It is understood that all estates involved belong to China’s Haichang Group, although Bordeaux’s organised crime department DIPJ would not confirm the names of the estates seized. Day-to-day business at the properties has continued as normal and their wines were not part of the investigation, a DIPJ spokesperson said. A 2014 report by China’s National Audit Office accused Haichang Holdings Ltd of misspending $43m in public funds, though no formal charges were known to have been brought against the firm. ‘We are always very happy when Chinese buyers come to Bordeaux and when they buy châteaux,’ said CIVB’s Christophe Chateau. ‘It raises the image of Bordeaux in China. ‘But, if…

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in brief

After 28 years as chef de cave at Dom Pérignon Champagne, Richard Geoffroy will pass the baton to his assistant winemaker, Vincent Chaperon, who has worked alongside Geoffroy for the past 13 harvests. Chaperon will take charge of shaping Dom Pérignon’s future vintages from 1 January 2019. The UK’s first commercial Pinotage vines have been planted in a 0.75ha vineyard at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens in Horsham, Sussex. Cellarmaster Johann Fourie has high hopes for the variety’s success in the UK climate, as it is an early ripener with thick skins that are resistant to rot. Champagne house Krug is to collaborate with musician Jools Holland OBE for its Tracks on Tracks experience – a train journey that combines Champagne, fine-dining and live music, costing £450 per person. The train…

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letters

Identity crisis ANDREw JEffoRDs’s ColumN on the importance of geographical name protection (July 2018 issue) is absolutely correct in focusing on the central issue of ‘truth telling’. If I buy a bottle of Chablis, I need to be 100% certain it’s made from Chardonnay and is from Chablis itself. like Jefford’s ‘Châteauneuf-duPape, Grand Vin de Bourgogne’, I experienced spanish Chablis in the late 1960s! But truth telling for the consumer is only one side of the coin – there is the other side of branding for the producer, an issue that I believe our English wine producers are struggling with. English sparkling somehow doesn’t quite cut the mustard when browsing the shelves of Crémant, Cava and Prosecco, none of which is a place name, and I believe we need a brand…

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