Decanter February 2020

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4 min
month in wine

US ramps up French wine tariff dispute Threats from US officials to impose wine import tariffs of ‘up to 100%’ on Champagne and sparkling wines from France have sparked frustration among French export bodies and producers as trade conflicts continue to target their industry. The tax increases were proposed as a retaliation to France’s digital services tax, which is said by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) to ‘discriminate against’ US tech companies. Totalling $2.4bn, the tariffs would target premium French products including handbags, Roquefort cheese and ‘sparkling wine made from grapes’, according to a provisional list released by the US government. Under these conditions, Champagne producers would face higher barriers to the fast-growing US market than the producers of French still wine who were hit by a 25% import tariff enacted…

1 min
in brief

A nationwide blind tasting conducted by Majestic Wine claims to have revealed the true preferences of British wine drinkers. More than 25,000 people blind-tasted a variety of red and white wines across Majestic’s 200 stores and voted for their favourites. Sicilian red variety Nero d’Avola came top in 78% of stores, while Sauvignon Blanc was the white wine of choice in 68% of stores. A luxury package including lunch or dinner for four at Château Lafite Rothschild sold for more than £11,000 at a Sotheby’s auction held in aid of Cité du Vin Bordeaux wine museum. The auction featured more than 40 lots donated by prestigious wine estates, including Château d’Yquem, Haut-Brion and Penfolds. The 10-day online sale raised about £300,000 to fund Cité du Vin’s 2020 cultural programme. California…

3 min
your letters

Spreading the message Dr Richard Smart is a distinguished wine consultant with a long history of warning about the effects of climate change (he was kind enough to contribute to the first article I wrote for Decanter on the subject, in 2005). But the criticisms of Decanter in his letter in the last edition are neither accurate nor fair. Decanter has been highlighting the issue for years. In the past year, it has published magazine articles exploring the environmental impact of wine production (‘Wine: a sustainable option?’, April 2019); the need for the wine industry to play a leading role in mitigating climate change (‘Climate change: time to act’, July 2019), as well as website articles stressing the need for the wine industry to act (see, for example, ‘Al Gore tells wine…

1 min
growing optimism

While reading the January 2020 issue I came across Dr Richard Smart’s letter and Andrew Jefford’s column on the negative environmental impact of wine production. Nobody can deny that many processes in the wine industry produce high levels of CO2 but what about the positive impacts of the industry? What both writers fail to mention is the amount of oxygen released into the air through plant leaves. On average, leaves produce about 5 millilitres of oxygen per hour. So plants with more leaves produce more oxygen than plants with fewer leaves. In addition, larger leaves produce more oxygen than smaller ones. Taking that into account, and the high number of other trees and plants on most wine estates – plus the amount of CO2 a vine uses to assist in sugar production –…

3 min
andrew jefford

Come May, it will be 10 years since my family and I moved to the Languedoc. I feel guilty for not having explored it more thoroughly; columnists, though, have to roam widely. My colleague Rosemary George MW (whose useful Wines of the Languedoc was published in 2018) knows it better than I do, so I always enjoy comparing notes – and tramping the hills – with Rosemary and her husband Christopher. A couple of tastings last year, though, gave me the chance to think more deeply about progress in this part of the world. One of these was a survey of vintage 2010 from Pic St-Loup (24 samples), St-Chinian (29 samples) and Roussillon (37 samples), to see how they had aged. That was our first summer here, and it may well…

1 min
what i’ve been drinking this month

I’ve been back in Alsace over the last week, which meant a chance to catch up with one of my favourite grape varieties on home soil: Gewurztraminer. Few Alsace growers are more skilled at vinifying it than Félix Meyer of Meyer-Fonné, and his Gewurztraminer Kaefferkopf 2015, from the Ammerschwihr grand cru of the same name, was everything I hope for: creamy, mushroomy, gingery, rich and liquorous on the tongue, fire-free, stone-freshened at the end. A seamless, supple treat; completely enchanting.…