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  • Mouton change

    Posted on December 25, 2010 by Enotriaadmin

    "Premier je suis, second je fus, Mouton ne change."* So goes the proclamation of Baron Phillippe de Rothschild when his beloved Mouton was elevated from the Second Growth (2eme Cru) to First Growth (1er Cru) status in 1973 by the Bordeaux powers that be. The Baron's point being that Mouton had always been 1er ...


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  • Leaving the Languedoc

    Posted on December 7, 2010 by Enotriaadmin

    grubbed up vines

    Just back from a trip around the Languedoc to visit some of the fantastic new producers from the Great Western Wines portfolio. I came back wondering how an area with such good wines can be so deeply mired in the “crise viticole”. The statistics are stark. Over the past ten years many Languedoc vineyards have been abandoned, a further 100,000 hectares have been grubbed up, and production has fallen from 20 million hectolitres to 11 million hectolitres. Thus, the reduction in output from this single region is greater than the entire annual wine exports of Australia; a total of 8 million hectolitres. Statistics are one thing; seeing a forlorn empty vineyard with a pile of old wood lying next to it is another. Florence Guy, of the beautiful Château Coujan, is pragmatic: “We have decided to plant aromatics like thyme which will be made into essential oils at the local distillery, there are not many other uses for old vineyard sites”. Let’s hope that the market recovers before many more vignerons go under. In the meantime, bulk prices are increasing but this is still a treasure trove of absurdly good bargains from the area, and, as Florence says “nothing makes better barbeques than vine wood”.


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  • Have wine, will deliver

    Posted on December 6, 2010 by Enotriaadmin

    Enotria's drivers and logistics teams worked tirelessly last week to beat the poor weather, snow and ice. At this time of year customers just cannot afford to be without fresh deliveries - so Peter Devlin and his team did their utmost to get wine to them as soon as possible.
    The result? Despite heavy snowfalls on ...


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  • Colomé

    Posted on December 3, 2010 by Enotriaadmin

    Often described as 'a world apart', with 39,000 Hectares of vineyard at 2,000 metres or above (including the world's highest vineyard at 3,100m), Colomé's wines certainly are. The high altitude Malbec wines are its most famous, but check out too the sublime Torrontes.


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  • Colome

    Posted on December 3, 2010 by Enotriaadmin

    Often described as 'a world apart', with 39,000 Hectares of vineyard at 2,000 metres or above (including the world's highest vineyard at 3,100m), Colomé's wines certainly are. The high altitude Malbec wines are its most famous, but check out too the sublime Torrontes.


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  • Mazzei - the video

    Posted on December 2, 2010 by Enotriaadmin

    Anyone feeling a little low in snowbound and dark UK - please watch this video of Sangiovese harvesting in the Tuscan sunshine at Mazzei. It's a good way to practice your Italian too - find out exactly how 'clonal selection' is pronounced in Italian!

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