Decanter July 2021

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 min
the same, but different

Regular readers may notice something different about this issue. If you are among that number, firstly, thank you for your commitment and, secondly, I hope we haven’t given you a nasty shock. As you will have noticed, we’ve given the magazine a bit of a spring clean. It had been quite a while since the design was last refreshed, so we decided it was high time to smarten up some of the more cobwebby bits. We’ve increased the paper quality, and we’ve also freshened up some of the content, adding a new section, Uncorked, to showcase shorter stories, and bringing in another new regular to help those climbing the learning ladder (in fact, that’s all of us). However, we haven’t lost any of our in-depth expertise; we’re expanding our highly…

1 min
meet the decanter experts

MICHAELA MORRIS is a wine writer, judge, educator and speaker. Based in Vancouver, she teaches about Italian wine across Canada and abroad. She is also a VIA Italian Wine Expert STEPHEN BROOK is a contributing editor to Decanter and the DWWA Regional Chair for Piedmont. The author of almost 40 books, he has won several awards for his work in wine CARLA CAPALBO is an awarded food, wine and travel writer and photographer. Among others, she has authored three books since 1998 focusing on the regional food and wines of Italy ALDO FIORDELLI is a widely published Italian journalist, wine writer and author, and a DWWA judge. He became a qualified sommelier in 2003, and has written books about food, wine and art RICHARD BAUDAINS has been a regular contributor to Decanter since 1989, and is the DWWA Regional…

9 min

Bordeaux en primeur 2020: our first verdict on the vintage As we went to press, the annual Bordeaux en primeur tastings were taking place. Our correspondent Jane Anson tasted more than 800 wines from the 2020 vintage, and has given about 10% of these a score of 95 points or more, including five at 98-100pts. The hazards of growing and harvesting during a pandemic, several spells of troublesome weather, and of course travel restrictions that prevented many tasters from visiting Bordeaux provided a unique set of obstacles, but the châteaux were better prepared than last year. In total, Bordeaux produced 440 million litres of wine in 2020, the equivalent of 587 million bottles – a smaller number than average, but each one well earned. ‘This vintage has seen some of the lowest yields…

2 min
your letters

In praise of Palomino In 2019 I was hospitalised in Quito, Ecuador and on recovering found that I couldn’t return home for at least seven days or I would be quarantined. So with time to spare, my partner and I found time to visit a winery just outside the city. The staff were great and even took us into the cellar where we had a tank sample of a Palomino they were preparing to bottle. This wine was incredible and as I had never tried the grape, I was even more enamoured. In your recent panel tasting of Spanish indigenous whites (May 2021 issue), this grape was mentioned as being on the rise, and I’ll certainly look out for it here in Canada, now that I’m home and well. Gary Jennings, by…

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give celebs a chance

A fascinating and timely column from Andrew Jefford in your March edition, ‘Great wine needs no help from designers or celebrities’. Like Andrew, I believe that one of the small upsides from the dreadful pandemic is the opportunity it afforded us to slow down, embrace simplicity and rein back some of the worst excesses of consumerism. The ever-growing list of so-called ‘celebrity wines’ does seem out of step with the current mood, but rather than dismiss the phenomenon out of hand, a more nuanced approach is needed. While no one should support a shallow celebrity vanity project where branding trumps product, nor should we dismiss out of hand those with a genuine passion who happen to be better known for their stellar showbusiness careers. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Miraval…

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andrew jefford ‘you may be suspicious of celebrity wines...’

Last summer I was researching rosé, and thinking about the celebrity-wine phenomenon, much of it clustered around Provence rosé. It’s the perfect match. Provence rosé is aspirational, visually alluring and can be artfully packaged; and quality in rosé has a different meaning to quality in fine red and white wines. Forget about intensity, depth and concentration; great rosé is sublime understatement. And understatement can be created in quantity. Then one hot day at a friend’s house, I met Xavier Roger, a son of Sancerre’s Jean-Max Roger. He runs the Carcassonne-based wine-sourcing business LGI Wines, and was helping out with Kylie Minogue’s mainly pink wine brand. Roger put me on to Paul Schaafsma, the genial Australian who helped build McGuigan Wines in the UK before heading up multinational Accolade, then setting up…