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Ce blog est né de l'heureux hasard d'une rencontre, en 2010, au Salon des Vins de Loire d'Angers, autour d'un verre de rosé de Bourgueil - celui de Pierre Jacques Druet. Il y avait là cinq "plumitifs" du vin. Le rosé aidant, l'idée a germé de créer un espace commun.
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David Cobbold (Eccevino) est le plus français des journalistes anglais du vin, ou vice versa. Il a reçu en 2011 le Wine Blog Trophy pour  son blog, More than Just Wine.

Jim Budd, sujet de sa Gracieuse Majesté, est journaliste pour diverses revues britanniques. Amoureux des vins de Loire, il leur consacre un blog, Jim's Loire, primé en 2009 du Wine Blog Trophy.

Hervé Lalau est un journaliste français écrivant pour diverses revues et sites français, belges, suisses et canadiens. Son blog "Chroniques Vineuses" lui a valu le Wine Blog Trophy en 2010.

Michel Smith, PourLeVin, est un journaliste français établi en Roussillon, travaillant pour diverses revues et guides en France. Il s'intitule lui-même "Journaliste en Vins et autres Plats de Résistance".

Marc Vanhellemont est un journaliste belge travaillant pour divers magazines en Belgique et en France. Incontournable, sauf par la face nord.


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24 août 2010 2 24 /08 /août /2010 00:06

Helicopter flying over Sauvignon Blanc vines, Marlborough, New Zealand

I imagine that many Touraine producers are enjoying a few days well deserved holiday before returning at the beginning of September to get ready for the 2010 vintage.

While relaxing they might be well advised to consider the current difficult state of the New Zealand wine industry, particularly in respect to the glut of Sauvignon Blanc. 

Marlaas.jpgVineyards in Marlborough, New Zealand

 Links to recent NZ stories:

Marlborough wineries in receivership
July 13, 2010

by James Lawrence

Several wineries based in New Zealand's Marlborough have gone into receivership, with indications that more may follow.

Earlier this month, Cape Campbell Wines and its affiliate companies, Brown Sorensen Vineyards and the Brown Family Trust, went into voluntary receivership, owing creditors millions of dollars.

Cape Campbell Wines was owned by the Brown family, part of the Marlborough wine industry for 30 years.

John Fisk of PricewaterhouseCoopers, which has been appointed to manage Cape Campbell's assets, said the three entities had liabilities totaling between $10m and $12m. He said he was unsure whether the company would continue to trade or be liquidated.

Last month, Awatere Vineyard Estates, a large contract grower owned by Auckland-based Barry Sutton, was put into receivership in addition to the Marlborough wine company Gravitas.




More Marlborough vineyards

NZ hit hard as sav blanc party peters out

Eli Greenblat
July 19, 2010

SOME wineries based in New Zealand's celebrated Marlborough region have gone into receivership, with more expected to follow, as the area's popular sauvignon blanc has been hit by a high New Zealand dollar, oversupply and early signs of a resurgence by Australian chardonnay.

Winemakers and retailers have started to detect a rebound by chardonnay after years of massive decline in consumption of the once-champion white wine style, potentially helping to resuscitate struggling wine businesses owned by Foster's, Constellation Brands and a host of other local wineries.

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And more...


Wine industry hits sour note
By  Anna Rushworth   

5:30 AM Sunday Aug 22, 2010

The perfect storm is rattling New Zealand's wine industry, once regarded as an agricultural cash cow.

Latest figures from Realestate.co.nz reveal 96 vineyards are currently for sale, with the average selling time being nine months.

But real estate agents estimate the figure could be closer to 150.

Consecutive years of frosts in early 2000 led to lower harvests but with higher demand and top prices for sauvignon blanc grapes.

But the bubble burst in 2008 when the huge proliferation of vineyards and great weather meant a huge glut of wine, and prices tumbled.

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Awatere: the latest valley to be developed 

In the light of New Zealand’s difficulties is it really a smart move to opt to make AC Touraine Blanc 100% Sauvignon? 


 PS. Petit résumé en français, pour les réfractaires à la langue de Shakespeare: les faillites se multiplient dans la viticulture néozélandaise, frappée par la baisse de la demande de sauvignon dans le monde, alors que cette même viticulture, malgré sa belle organisation, a trop misé sur ce cépage. Voila de quoi faire réfléchir nos amis tourangeaux qui, pour l'AOC Touraine, veulent se concentrer, en blanc, sur ce même sauvignon...

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luc charlier 24/08/2010 16:03

Who am I to give advice, whereas I’m not even able to sell half of what I produce, yet in limited quantity indeed?

But the “variety” issue is striking. New World wine producers – as they are called – often excel in the elaboration of varietal wines ... without the faults and draw-backs of their very variety.
Old European producers used to have an edge thanks to the making of wines with a strong connection to the terroir –and all that goes with it.

What are we witnessing now ?
The New-Zealanders find out a cultivar name and all its flavours is not always enough, and “the times, they are ‘a changing”, whereas Old World winemakers want to step back from their appellations,
to gain ... varietal status.

In the US - hardly my piece of cake – it has long been a habit to “overgraft”: semillon was not trendy anymore, Hup, there comes chardonnay on the same vine, and in full production the next

In the Herault (and other southern French departments), viognier, chardonnay, sauvignon, merlot have made their way to the vineyard and, more prominently, to the labels!

What does this mean ? The clients, used to marketing, abused by it, misusing wine, want changes, novelty, hype and reassurance at the same time, rather than hedonistic – yes, I dare say it,
esthetic – emotions.

Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Peugeot, Jaguar, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Porsche: they all look the same now. And people buy them, at extortionate prices. And they could all reach a top speed in excess of 200
km/hour, with speed limits all over, and most people respecting them (willy-nilly). I’m willing to bet their design will change in a matter of 5 years, but they will still look alike, but “another
form of similar”.

“True” wine, hard to define but most readers of this blog will know what I mean, still exists, but appeals to a minute fraction of the wine-drinkers. We are, unrelentlessly, driven away by
mass-production drinks. This is no nostalgic plea for “the good old French, or Italian, or Spanish, or German wine”. More than 150 years ago, the Crimea, Constantia, Tokaji, Madeira and many others
made outstanding wines outside the boundaries of the classical wine-growing regions of Europe.

I see no major difference between B.....i breezer, Budweiser, E. Gallo, Mouton-Cadet.

Whereas, when the Trevallon people totally modified the shape of a rocky hill, planted cabernet sauvignon alongside the syrah, started again the “pigeage aux pieds” – I’ve seen Telmo of Remelluri
fame do it there – and made an altogether “novel” wine, they still respected the ancient tradition of wine-making and created a beauty, and one that sells well.

Passion doesn’t stand a chance in front of stock exchange!

Jim Budd 24/08/2010 15:21

Merci beaucoup, Hervé, pour le petit resumé.