News from Jancis Robinson

The Singapour – June 2022

21 hours 33 minutes ago
Richard's round-up of what's being poured in Singapore. Stop reading this immediately and go and buy some 1970 Dow's vintage port. Done that? Then we can begin. This month's selection includes 22 tasting notes taken during a weekend of masterclasses that Jancis kindly hosted at 67 Pall Mall Singapore, as pictured above. One of these featured
Richard Hemming MW

Dijon – much more than mustard

21 hours 35 minutes ago
30 June 2022 We republish this useful guide in our Throwback Thursday series, for wine lovers descending on Burgundy this summer – and because we have been missing Matthew. 26 October 2021 As the OIV announce they are moving their HQ from Paris to Dijon, Dijon resident Matthew Hayes urges us to bypass Beaune and consider a stay in Burgundy's
Matthew Hayes

German wines – guide to our coverage in 2022

1 day 21 hours ago
We'll keep adding to this… Above is the 2021 harvest on the Kellers' parcel on the 73% slope of Nierstein's Pettenthal vineyard, described by Klaus Peter Keller as 'mountain climbing with grapes', a reminder of how labour-intensive German viticulture can be. We're proud of paying so much attention to German wine, thanks to our previous German

Barbaresco 2019 – another great vintage?

1 day 21 hours ago
Another excitingly elegant vintage from Barbaresco, seen above from Ovello. In the last couple of months I tasted my way through quite a few 2019 Barbaresco samples that were so good that it seems 2019 could be in the same league as the outstanding 2010 and 2016 vintages. It would make it the third outstanding vintage within a decade, but can
Walter Speller

WWC22 – theme and rules

1 day 22 hours ago
29 June 2022 Many thanks for the entries so far received. Tomorrow is the deadline for submissions! See also our recent announcement that the winner will not only be published but also mentored. 2 June 2022 We announced the prizes for this year's competition. 12 May 2022 We're republishing this today to remind anyone who missed the original
Jancis Robinson

Anchorage for wine drinkers

2 days 21 hours ago
Head to Alaska immediately… Six weeks a year is a small window for perfect weather. Visiting Alaska in the second half of June and throughout the month of July is the one guarantee of sunny skies and calmer seas. August or September can be beautiful, but autumn winds and cooling rains often start this early. May might be lovely, but there could
Elaine Chukan Brown

Rosé, not just for summer

2 days 21 hours ago
Find a rosé to drink this summer... While the cliché that rosé is a summer wine routinely irritates me, I have to submit that the machina colossus of marketing and general perception that this is the purpose and end-point of rosé means that it is still, in the minds of most, a beverage of frivolous disregard. It doesn't help that so many
Tamlyn Currin

A rich array of winners

3 days 21 hours ago
The first tranche of 2022 Golden Vines diversity and inclusion scholarships has just been announced. This year four brand-new awards have been added to the suite of initiatives funded by the Gérard Basset Foundation: four Dom Pérignon Golden Vines MW and MS Scholarships. Each is worth £12,500, and will cover the full costs of tuition, tastings
Jancis Robinson

A trio of Burgundian (relative) newcomers

3 days 21 hours ago
The latest offerings from Chapelle de Blagny, Mark Haisma and Dom Berthaut-Gerbet. See also this guide to our coverage of 2020 burgundy. Chapelle de Blagny, Blagny Etienne de Brechard and his naughty heavy bottles (he brought it up, not me) have been surveying the Sâone plain from his hilltop manor in Blagny (pictured below) since 2012
Matthew Hayes

Rating Haut-Brion's latest baby

6 days 5 hours ago
How leading wine traders and commentators were held captive by a prince, pictured above. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. On 23 March this year 27 of us wine professionals were sent the following email message: ‘On behalf of Prince Robert of Luxembourg, we are delighted to invite you for a very special tasting event
Jancis Robinson

What to eat in June and July

6 days 5 hours ago
A grower's recommendations … (for the UK). Nick took the picture above in Union Square market this week. The text exchange below is between Rachel Humphrey, head chef of London’s highly respected Le Gavroche, and her trusted supplier of many fruit and vegetable ingredients. Vernon Mascarenhas of Nature’s Choice (who, inter alia, as their website
Nick Lander

Single-vineyard Brunellos emerge

6 days 21 hours ago
A new generation is using historical knowledge of where the best grapes grow to map Montalcino piece by piece. Walter investigates developments at Banfi, Argiano, Canalicchio di Sopra, Capanna and Tiezzi, whose legendary Vigna Soccorso is seen above from the walls of Montalcino. Last January, while I was in Montalcino to taste the newly released
Walter Speller

Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Margaret River

6 days 21 hours ago
A Coleridgian tribute to an award-winning Western Australian red. From 453.75 Czech koruna, £17.95, $22.95, €21.40, AU$32.99, HK$170, 1,200 Thai baht, CA$50.70, SG$70 Find this wine At Xanadu did Glenn Goodall a stately Cabernet decree. Goodall has been senior winemaker at Xanadu in Western Australia since 2016, having joined the winery in
Richard Hemming MW

In the alps with Haynes Hanson & Clark

1 week ago
Quite a few bargains from this long-standing UK retailer and importer, plus six vintages of Cantina Kurtatsch's top Cabernet, grown in vineyards pictured above, back to 1992. Haynes Hanson & Clark’s recent showing of their summer wines nicely confirmed what I keep banging on about: that although the focus of interest in bordeaux is on those
Jancis Robinson

Kurtatsch celebrates 120 years

1 week ago
23 June 2022 Our dive into the archives this week produces an ideal companion piece to today's tasting article. 27 July 2020 Mountain sunshine is transformed into precise whites and reds, some notably local, by one of Alto Adige's smallest co-ops. Cantina Kurtatsch had the misfortune to be celebrating its 120th anniversary in May 2020, with
Julia Harding MW

Howard Ripley's 2021 Germans

1 week 1 day ago
28 June 2022 Tasting notes on four Mosbacher Pfalz wines, also in the Howard Ripley offer, have been added to the very bottom of this article. 22 June 2022 Some 2021s hand-picked by a London specialist in German wine. Pictured above is the Grosse Lage Felseneck in the Nahe, source of some of Schäfer-Frölich's finest Rieslings. Sebastian
Jancis Robinson

Seriously sober

1 week 1 day ago
Finally, there is a truly delicious way to stay sober. Recently, two sets of the most seriously, and I use that word deliberately, exciting zero-alcohol beverages happened to fall into my hands. They have a number of things in common: they’re made by people who prioritise flavour over trend; they’re about indulging in pleasure rather than
Tamlyn Currin

Drought threatens northern Italy

1 week 2 days ago
It's time to allow irrigation – if only there were any water. The continuing drought in large parts of northern Italy, from the alpine Val d’Aosta in the far north-west to Emilia-Romagna in the east, has triggered an emergency here in Italy. Already at the beginning of June, Coldiretti, the national association of small agricultural farmers
Walter Speller

2014 white burgundies today

1 week 2 days ago
(Almost) pure pleasure. Above, Franck Grux, who made some of the most impressive wines assessed below. Bless Sarah Marsh, a Master of Wine so focused on burgundy that she makes some herself. As attentive Purple Pagers may have noticed, she regularly organises horizontal tastings of mature and maturing burgundy vintages, yielding tasting notes
Jancis Robinson

Book reviews – on English wines

1 week 3 days ago
English Wine Week 2022 (which should really be called English & Welsh Wine Week) started on 18 June, and here are two books that offer, on the one hand, a guide to an exciting selection of producers worth visiting, and, on the other hand, the opportunity to learn to make your own English wine (should you be mad enough). The Vineyards of Britain
Tamlyn Currin
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