Posted 14th Aug 2017
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Posted 9th Aug 2017
It’s squeaky bum time in Chablis at the moment. Grape growers all over the world consult weather forecasts on a regular basis, but in the Yonne it’s almost an obsession. You can see why the locals are worried: nature has picked them out for some particularly brutal treatment in the last two vintages.
On the eve of the harvest in September 2015, the region was hit by a violent hailstorm. In 2016, it was way, way worse. There was a heavy frost in April and two hailstorms on the 13th and 27th of May. Clotilde Davenne in Préhy showed me a video of the latter and it was like watching a Caribbean tornado. Several growers in Chablis told me it was the worst storm they have ever seen. Add heavy rain in May and June, outbreaks of...
Wine of the Week
(£25, 14.5%, Our Fathers Wines)
A wine that tastes as good as it looks, this is made by my fellow Master of Wine, Giles Cooke (we passed in the same year), who donates all of the profits to charity. Sourced from the Ebenezer sub-region of the Barossa Valley, it's rich, but well balanced, with subtle oak, refreshing acidity, fine-grained tannins and sweet bramble and bluberry fruit. Long and refreshing with a savoury tang.
I’m an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 31 years’ experience. I write for a number of publications, including The World of Fine Wine, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Imbibe, Decanter, Jamie Magazine, Robb Report and Woman and Home and am one of the Three Wine Men. I am a co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, the world’s most rigorously judged blind tasting competition, and have won over 30 awards for my journalism and photography. So far, I don’t have a red nose to show for it.
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