Jim’s Blog

Jim’s Blog

Vincent Delaporte – a full profile

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. On this occasion Jim Budd reviews the […]

Coteaux du Giennois celebrates 20 years as an appellation

Appellation Coteaux du Giennois is celebrating its first 20 years this year. In 1998 it was promoted from VDQS to full appellation contrôlée status. The VDQS category was created in 1949 and was intended as an in-between status between vin de pays and full appellation. Giennois became a VDQS in 1954. VDQS came to end […]

The Loire Central Vineyards – expansion and renaissance

The last 27 years has seen very considerably changes in the Central Loire Vineyards. With one sole exception it has been a tale of success and expansion. It is fascinating to compare the area planted in each of the Central Loire appellation in 1990 with the area planted in 2017.  An overall increase of 2451 […]

Andrew Jefford on Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé – all things are not equal

There is a very good post (Sancerre and friends) by Andrew Jefford published on decanter.com on Monday 18th December 2017. Not a surprise that Andrew’s article is good. No the surprise is that this was the first time that such a long established wine writer has visited Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and the other Central Loire appellations. […]

The largely hidden threat of esca: including a conversation with Christophe Mesliard

Esca is a vine fungal disease that usually over time kills the infected vine. It is becoming an increasing threat to the vineyards of France and other parts of Europe. Dying vine Reports on vintages tend to concentrate on how a particular year’s climate has impacted on the quality and quantity of wine made in […]

Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine Cru Vallet

November 12th 2017 saw the official launch of Cru Vallet, the latest Muscadet Cru to seek recognition by the INAO and the French Government. Cru Vallet would be the 10th Muscadet Cru Communaux assuming that all goes to plan and that it gains recognition. It is also the potentially largest in terms of area planted […]

Wine investment can work

My previous post highlighted the many scams associated with wine investment. However, wine investment can work provided certain conditions are met. Please note that my comments concerning the tax position relate to the UK only.   It is crucial to buy the right wine from the right vintage at the right time and price from […]

2017 Loire Vintage now underway

The last week of August has seen the start of the 2017 vintage in the Loire. The Ban des Vendanges for Muscadet (the official start of the harvest) was on 30th August, while picking in Anjou-Saumur for sparkling wine started a couple of days earlier. Langlois-Chateau started picking their Pinot Noir on 28th August. Although […]

The risks and pitfalls of wine investment

The risks and pitfalls of wine investment  By Jim Budd How to protect yourself against wine investment scams and similar scams.  Wine can be a worthwhile alternative investment providing you buy the right wines at the right price and the right time from a legitimate company. Unfortunately like a number of other alternative investments it […]

Big wine + flat screen TVs seizure – Jim Budd reports

        Report from Kent Police on an alleged large distribution fraud – wine and flat screen TVs:       Policing news  Goods recovered in fraud investigation fill four lorries 24 Jul 2017 Items including tens of thousands of bottles of wine and the latest flat screen televisions have been seized by Kent […]

The first edition of Loire Millésime: 19th – 22nd April 2017

I have recently returned from the first edition of Loire Millésime organised by Interloire. It was based in the now magnificently restored Abbey of Fontevraud (https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbaye_Notre-Dame_de_Fontevraud). We were lodged in the attached Hotel de Fontevraud (www.fontevraud.fr/Dormir-a- Fontevraud/l-hotel), which has also been extensively renovated and greatly improved since I stayed there some 12 years ago. Enjoying […]

Jim’s First Blog

Here’s a sneak preview of Jim’s first entry that will go into the 10th edition of Wine behind the label Domaine de la Bonnelière (Saumur-Champigny/Saumur) www.labonneliere.com High quality 37-hectare family domaine but not one of the most fashionable names. Based in Varrains the domaine was founded in 1972 by André Bonneau and now run by […]

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