The Languedoc needs 10 more wineries working on the level of Mas de Daumas Gassac in order to achieve its full potential, according to Daumas Gassac’s Samuel Guibert.
Napa may not be California’s best place for “cult” Cabernet, after Sonoma came out on top at a comparative tasting in London last week.
California is mourning the loss of two of its winemaking greats, Silver Oak founder Raymond Twomey Duncan and Pinot Noir pioneer Walter Schug.
Wine producer Concha y Toro’s flagship brands Casillero del Diablo and Trivento have had what the company describes as “fantastic and sustained growth” this year.
Chile is “only just scratching the surface” with Syrah, suggests former Penfolds Grange winemaker John Duval, as he outlined some potential routes forward for the country with this variety.
Chile’s Aurelio Montes is to try growing grapes at his Argentine estate without any irrigation from the start of this year’s growing season.
Concha y Toro is now the supplier of the UK’s best-selling Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Malbec.
Francisco Baettig, chief winemaker of Errazuriz, is returning to the fresher, lower alcohol style of wine made at the estate in the ‘80s to cater to consumer tastes.
Casillero del Diablo’s Cabernet Sauvignon has seen UK sales shoot up by 60% in the last year, making it the country’s best-selling expression of this variety.
Californian winemakers may be attempting to emulate the quality of Europe’s great wines, but not the flavours, stressed Mark de Vere MW at a tasting in London this week.
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