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Oak barrels with Burgundy wine ageing in the cellars of Chanson, Beaune

Burgundy grand cru: small volume, high prices

The wine world is really not a stronghold of equality. The average export price of a grand cru (red & white) from Burgundy in 2018 was 87 euros per bottle. The red ones are more prestigious and averaged 101 euros per bottle. The whites were “only” at 56 euros. These are prices that most other […]

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Glass of Chateau Potensac, Medoc, Bordeaux, Cru Bourgeois

Cru Bourgeois will be reintroduced in Médoc

The designation Cru Bourgeois for chateaux has existed in Médoc for many years. Various attempts to rank them, roughly in the style of the 1855 classification, have been made since the 1930s. More or less successful. It was previously a (semi-official) classification but is currently a private label. But from 2020, a serious attempt will […]

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Champagne bottles that are organic, "bio"

French consumers buy more and more organic wine

Organic wines are becoming more and more popular with French wine consumers. 48% of them would like to see a larger range of organic wines in the stores where they normally buy wine. The fact that the wine is organic is a buying argument for 50% of the young and 38% of the older consumers. […]

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Vineyards on the Corton hill, Aloxe-Corton, Burgundy

Dry year but good quality in Burgundy

Burgundy winemakers have been fighting the elements this year. Spring frosts, hail, millerandage during flowering and – perhaps most damaging – lack of water. But when the harvest started on August 31 for the crémant wines, the spirits were high. In prestigious Côte d’Or, picking started around 13 September and continued for 10 days in […]

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Grapes dried on the vine due to heat, Champagne

Good quality harvest in Champagne after record-breaking summer

The harvest in Champagne was in full swing when we kicked off our autumn wine tour season with Champagne on September 11. And we mostly saw happy faces. Alexandre Penet at Champagne Penet-Chardonnet in Verzy looked very pleased when he talked about his healthy-looking grapes. Charles Philipponnat at the eponymous small prestige house in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ […]

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"Languedoc-Roussillon, södra Frankrikes viner", av Britt Karlsson, Bengt Rydén, Per Karlsson

“Few books have made me long for southern France like this one” – about our new Languedoc-Roussillon book

It makes you happy when you read such things. “Few books have made me long for southern France like this one.” This is what Dag Sandahl writes in his review of “Languedoc-Roussillon, the wines of southern France”. Dag continues in his review “there are good reasons to read it and be fascinated by their knowledge […]

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Bertrand Gautherot at Champagne Vouette et Sorbee explaining

“Bad boys of Champagne”, and brilliant champagnes at Vouette et Sorbée

A vineyard visit in Champagne “Down here in Aube, we used to be called ‘the bad boys of Champagne’” says Bertrand Gautherot, winemaker and owner of Vouette & Sorbée. “But not anymore,” he adds, smiling broadly. Actually, there is no time for either tasting or visits, work in the vineyards must be prioritized, said Bertrand […]

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Hail nets in Chablis

Violent hail storm destroys vineyards in Crozes-Hermitage

Hail storms can be violent and the 20-minute storm that affected Crozes-Hermitage and part of Saint Joseph on June 15 was exceptionally violent. Some winegrowers saw their future harvest reduced by at least 50%. The hail storm then continued to Savoie and into Switzerland where the damaged continued. The hailstones were of a size that […]

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Bottles "sur lattes" in a cellar in Champagne

Nicolas Feuillatte buys Champagne Henri Abelé

Champagne’s largest cooperative Nicolas Feuillatte is getting even bigger. Feuillatte recently bought the champagne brand Henri Abelé, which, since 1985, has been owned by the huge Spanish cava producer Freixenet. Henri Abelé sells around 300,000 bottles annually. The house has beautiful cellars in Reims. It does not own any vineyards. Instead, it has long-term contracts […]

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"Languedoc-Roussillon, södra Frankrikes viner", av Britt Karlsson, Bengt Rydén, Per Karlsson

Here’s the new book “Languedoc-Roussillon, the Wines of Southern France”, summer reading!

Languedoc-Roussillon, the Wines of Southern France is our latest book. Our tenth book. It is about one of the “hottest” and most dynamic wine regions in France. It is the first book in Swedish that talks of both of these districts, the Languedoc, which is the northern part, and Roussillon, which borders Spain. Languedoc-Roussillon is […]

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André Lurton, Bordeaux

A legend in Bordeaux dies

André Lurton died on May 16. He was 94 years old and a legend already during his lifetime. He was born at Château Bonnet where he lived throughout his life. André was one of those who in the 1970s began to change the white, dry Bordeaux wines. His fresh and aromatic Château Bonnet had great […]

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Bottles in the cellar of Champagne J Lassalle

Champagne J. Lassalle: Special champagnes from a pioneering grower run by three generations women | Britt on Forbes

Club Trésor du Champagne is an association of independent growers in Champagne that has gained a reputation for high quality champagne. The Special Club champagnes, made by each member at vintage years and bottled in a specific bottle, are now very sought after by champagne lovers all over the world. If you are curious about […]

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Grapes in a vineyard in Veneto ready for harvest

Resistant grape varieties spark debate

The vine is in many ways a robust plant that can withstand difficult conditions and drought. But it has weaknesses. One is that it is prone to fungal diseases. No vineyard can survive without spraying. Have you heard the opposite? Don’t believe those who tell you that some wine is made without the use of […]

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Bottles in pupitres in the cellars of Champagne Paul Dethune

Delicious growers and small-house champagnes from a specialist importer

“The promotional mailing you do not want to miss”, producer visits from Champagne. There are around 3000 small champagne producers, growers and similar, but only about 300 so-called “houses”. The “houses” are the big, well-known brands but it is mainly among the others, the small producers that you today find the most exciting champagnes. BKWine […]

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Toasting oak barrels with fire at a cooperage

French coopers honours California

The French Coopers’ Association (Fédération des Tonneliers de France) recently held its annual meeting in Napa Valley, California. It was the first time they gathered outside France. That the meeting took place in Napa is not a coincidence. It was the Californian wine industry that gave new life to the French cooperage (barrel making) industry […]

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Wine Paris show

Wine Paris, finally Paris has a major wine fair

Paris’ first major professional wine fair, Wine Paris, took place on 11-13 February. Many consider it about time that the French capital hosts a large wine fair. Wine Paris is a merger of Wine Vision and Vinisud. Wine Vision is a fair that made its debut in Paris in February 2018 with exhibitors from France’s […]

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Oak barrels with Burgundy wine ageing in the cellars of Chanson, Beaune

Burgundy shows off its best figures

For the lover of statistics and/or the lover of Burgundy wines, we have found a handy and updated summary of all relevant figures concerning the wines of Burgundy, from Chablis to Mâconnais (Beaujolais not included). Burgundy has 84 appellations, which is 23% of all France’s wine appellations. Grapes are grown on almost 30,000 hectares. 50% […]

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