Daily Wine News: The Future of Vintage Champagne

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 09-06-2017

Glass_of_champagneWith Champagne houses concentrating more on prestige cuvées, is vintage Champagne a dying breed? In Wine-Searcher, James Lawrence looks into the future for vintage Champagne.

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre presents tasting notes for 29 chardonnays, cabernets and sweet red blends that are among the nation’s most popular. Descriptions included “Funky, skunky wet dog” and “the love handles protrude a little on this one, which I can relate to.”

Eater talks to Jay McInerney about why wine writing often falls flat. “It was all about wine smelling like certain flowers, and I knew nothing about horticulture,” McInerney says of the wine writing that inspired him to do better. “I thought it was more instructive to compare wine to ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ or a Ferrari than to a certain kind of rose or gardenia.”

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the Houston Chronicle’s Dale Robertson explores whether wine can be damaged when bottles get submerged in water.

Belgian businessman Philippe Van de Vyvere is purchasing Bordeaux’s Château Phélan Ségur, reports Wine Spectator.

Elsewhere in Wine Spectator, Matt Kramer considers a single-minded wine list, a departure from the extensive, encyclopedic wine lists we are used to. “Outside of the Loire Valley itself, why haven’t I ever seen a restaurant wine list that concentrates exclusively on Loire wines?…The Loire has it all…”

In Wine Enthusiast, Roger Morris explores the importance of library wines.

Jancis Robinson goes looking for value in the Languedoc.

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