Weighty arguments against fat bottles

Two wine heavy weights, Jancis Robinson and Oz Clarke, have both recently lambasted the tradition of using extra-heavy bottles for prestige cuvees. Many producers use thick and heavy glass bottles for their top wines to give an added sense of luxury. Robinson has launched a name-and-shame campaign on her web site and Clarke attacked the heavy bottles in a speech at the climate Change Conference in Barcelona recently, saying that it is irresponsible and a waste of resources. ‘I think its one of the biggest nonsenses when the empty bottle weighs as much as a full bottle from another winery,’ Clarke told Harpers TV according to Decanter. Perhaps we will soon see Chateau Pétrus in PET(rus)bottle? Read more

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