Decanter June 2020

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5 min
a month in wine

Drinks industry in Covid-19 health drive Corporate giants LVMH, Pernod Ricard and Diageo pledged to produce millions of bottles of hand sanitiser to aid the global fight against Covid-19. LVMH, comprising luxury brands Moët Hennessy and Louis Vuitton, was one of the first to announce plans to reconfigure its production lines to make hydroalcoholic gels. The company said it would use three of its perfume and cosmetic factories to deliver 12 tonnes of hand sanitiser free of charge to French authorities. Paris hospitals chief Martin Hirsch thanked LVMH for its quick action: ‘They made us this offer on Saturday night (14 March) and confirmed it on Sunday.’ In a matter of days, LVMH’s move was followed by announcements from its drinks-industry rivals Pernod Ricard and Diageo. Diageo, one of the world’s largest drinks companies, promised…

1 min
in brief

Stay up to date with the latest wine news on, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @Decanter UK wine merchants have come up with creative delivery options during the Covid-19 lockdown. Flint Vineyard in Norfolk devised a ‘drive-thru’ service for those able to drive past its tasting room window. Wanderlust Wine initiated a contactless ‘doostep drop’ service, and Berkmann’s ‘Help 4 Hospitality’ campaign generated online sales while donating 12.5% of takings to hospitality-focused charities. Burgundy’s wine council, BIVB, has updated its online wine course in 2020 to include new content and appellation rule changes. Under the strapline ‘90 minutes is all it takes to become an expert in Bourgogne wines’, the course aims to give wine lovers a fun, free overview of the region (see www.bourgogne-wines. com). Its…

4 min
michael broadbent (1927-2020)

Many across the wine world paused to remember one of its seminal figures, following news that Michael Broadbent MW had died on Tuesday 17 March. His son, Bartholomew Broadbent, who also works in the wine trade, announced on social media: ‘Too sad, but he had a great 92 years.’ Among his many achievements, Michael Broadbent was perhaps best known as the man who re-started Christie’s wine auctions in the 1960s. He was consequently a leading figure in the development of the international fine wine market in the second half of the 20th century, although he once remarked that he had never considered the idea that wine might one day become an investment for some people. He was also a prolific author and wine writer. He penned more than 400 columns for…

3 min
your letters

We should not feel guilty for loving wine, but we should recognise the observable and measurable impact the industry has on the environment in exactly the same way we should recognise how other habits and needs, such as travel, food production and entertainment are changing our planet. I applaud Andrew Jefford for highlighting this and working to protect the industry for current and future wine drinkers. Wine producers and enthusiasts should ignore the changing climate at their peril. Tom Denning, Northampton I found Andrew Jefford’s article on the impact of climate change on wine pertinent and was delighted to read it in Decanter. If winemakers have their life impacted, and so the wines they produce, the most humble thing we can do is to listen. Wine writers shouldn’t be silenced. Sorry if…

1 min
responsible drinking

I have subscribed to Decanter since the 1970s and this is my first letter to the editor. I wanted to endorse Andrew Jefford’s decision to discuss wine production, and consumption, in an environmental context (January 2020 issue). Decanter cannot ignore either the science, or the facts which every wine-grower confronts daily. Perhaps it is the close connection they have with their environment that has encouraged so many of them to use more sustainable production systems. As consumers, we need to understand how changes in climate are affecting grape-growing and wine production, as well as the impact on the regions in which the grapes are grown. After all, this inevitably influences the taste of the wine we drink. Finally we must endeavour to enjoy wine in the most environmentally healthy way. Please…

3 min
andrew jefford

As the full extent of Covid-19 became apparent, I was working in Burgundy. Three of us needed dinner; we anticipated a near-empty restaurant. Gulp: not at all. It was disconcertingly full, jolly, ‘normal’. A large table, alpha males, was sharing a bottle of Rousseau Chambertin with much back-slapping and shouting. The joker-in-chief was hoarse, several sweaty. The table behind us was chatting in Italian; unlucky Italy was, then, the viral epicentre. The waiter, amid the restaurant noise, leaned breathily close to take our orders. The meal was simple, ample; the wine delicious. Beaune Bressandes 2016 from Henri Germain, lithe, pert, grippy. Might its qualities, I thought as I trudged anxiously back to the Hotel de France opposite the railway station, extend to prophylaxis? As I write this, we have no idea of…