Premier cru? No, just a vintage curse
Doomsayers in the Bordeaux region of France seeking to drink themselves into a stupor before the world ends on Friday must now contend with another supposed curse. Chateau d'Yquem, a posh vineyard mostly owned by the LVMH group, has announced it will not produce a 2012 vintage because weather has limited the sugar levels in the grapes used to make its renowned Sauternes sweet wine.
Pierre Lurton, who runs the estate, said the decision would cost shareholders millions (£20m in sales, to be precise) but that it was essential to preserve quality. Vintages were also binned in 1952, 1972 and 1992, leading Lurton to say: "It is as if there was a curse on us every 20 years."
The secret of Sauternes, weirdly, is a fungus called noble rot, which is allowed to grow on vines to boost natural sugar levels. But rain that has affected cultivation across Europe made this year's harvest a washout.
There's a rich tradition of superstition among those concerned with plants. In 1848, German Professor Gustav Fechner said in his book about the "soul-life" of plants that talking to them was beneficial. Prince Charles will be 84 in 20 years. If he (and the world) is still around, Lurton might consider recruiting him.
Life & Style blogs
Husband creates spreadsheet detailing wife's 'excuses' for turning down sex
The Last of Us: Ashley Johnson says she would play Ellie in a sequel
UK police to start seizing drivers' mobile phones after all crashes
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain
- 1 Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
- 4 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
- 5 Denmark bans kosher and halal slaughter as minister says ‘animal rights come before religion’
iJobs Food & Drink
£40000 - £60000 per annum + Pension, Healthcare : Deerfoot IT Resources Limite...
£30000 - £45000 per annum + Bonus+Benefits+Package: Harrington Starr: VB.NET a...
Unpaid voluntary role: Old Royal Naval College: To assist the Visitor Experien...
£45-£55k OTE £75k : Charter Selection: Major London International Fashion and ...