Monday, April 28, 2008


Michel Barnier, the French minister of Culture is going to propose a plan to modernize French viticulture. At the entry level, will the long awaited Vin de Pays de France finally be created?
Answer: end of May.

This year’s ratings given by critics and journalists seemed to me more erratic than ever before, besides the top 30 wines which, of course, are regularly well noted. This year has been noted as a good vintage by the RVF, Bettane Desseauve and Jancis and less by Quarin, the Wine Spectator and Neal Martin.
Jacques Perrin, also rated the 2007 and got criticized for the system of notation, absolute, relative, etc…

This week-end, we drank a lot of wine, including a series of 2005 Domaine Prieur Echezeaux/Chambertin.
A few Syrah including Qupe 1996 (Bien Nacido Hillside Estate – USA), correct Dead Arm 1996 Shiraz (Mac Laren Vale – Australie) disappointing.
And a good Pape Clément red 1990.

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