Life and Style

Burgundy is on a roll, bordeaux a roller-coaster. In 2013, bordeaux failed to deliver a good enough vintage to make it worth buying early.

Bordeaux prolongs active life

DRINKERS KEEN to ensure they will be enjoying their favourite Chateaux into old age should select wines made from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape, a heart expert advises today.

Bubble bursts for vintage claret

THE SPECULATIVE bubble in prices of the finest young Bordeaux wines - which have doubled and trebled in recent years - appears to have burst.

Wine: End-of-year report

Anthony Rose Burgundy can be hampered by comparison with Bordeaux, but the 1997 vintage looks set to outperform the old enemy

Cover story: Hunt for the Unicorn

For 18 years suspected killer Ira `The Unicorn' Einhorn has been on the run in Europe. David Usborne meets the woman whose efforts on behalf of her murdered sister could finally take the charismatic Seventies hippie leader back to the United States and justice

Bordeaux in crisis as buyers lose their bottle

A DEATHLY quiet has fallen on the great wine estates of Bordeaux. The silence goes beyond the silence of the sleeping vines.

Richard Ehrlich's Beverage Report: Real-world drinking

Your own dining-room can be just as instructive about wonderful wines as the tasting-room

Food and drink: A lot of bottle

Chile Con Cabernet, Bad-Tempered Cyril, Lost Pampas Chardonnay ... some producers and retailers will do anything to make you pick up their wine

Words: chug-a-lug, v.

THE TILL never lies. There are bad times just around the corner. This was the thrust of a recent piece in The New York Times by Charles Morris, who laments the city's dependence upon the volatile products of Wall Street. When the markets boom, youthful bankers in handmade shirts and English shoes chug-a-lug Chateau-Margaux, governments go on binges of borrowing and building . . ."

Wine: Is Merlot set to be the Chardonnay of reds? Anthony Rose investigates

The late James Rogers, one of this generation's best wine tasters, used to think our enjoyment of wine would have been considerably enhanced if the New World had adopted Bordeaux's Merlot grape instead of Cabernet Sauvignon. It was a typically heretical notion. Despite its numerical superiority as Bordeaux's most widely planted grape variety, Merlot has until recently always come second to Cabernet Sauvignon.

Worldwide: 48 hours in ... Bordeaux

It may be the viticultural capital of the world, but Cathy Packe suggests you don't ask for a glass of Bordeaux in a city which has much to offer the visitor

RICHARD EHRLICH'S BEVERAGE REPORT; A taste of wealth

When a cellar from one of the world's great restaurants goes to Sotheby's, expectations are high - as are prices

RICHARD EHRLICH'S BEVERAGE REPORT: French tears

Children and the French vineyards really don't mix - especially when it's hot

HOW WE MET: JULIAN BARNES AND JANCIS ROBINSON

Award-winning novelist Julian Barnes was born in Leicester in 1946, and educated at the City of London School and Oxford University. He has published many collections of short stories and novels, including 'Flaubert's Parrot' and 'Cross Channel'. He lives in north London with his wife, literary agent Pat Kavanagh. Jancis Robinson, 48, is a wine writer and broadcaster with an international reputation. She is editor of the 'Oxford Companion to Wine', but is perhaps best known as a TV presenter, having made her debut in Channel 4's 'The Wine Programme' and going on to film two series of 'Vintner's Tales' for the BBC. She lives in north London with her husband Nick Lander and their children

Wine: Get fresh

The success of New World wines has encouraged a taste for fruitier, younger styles. Now even the French are taking note

THE MAILMAN COMETH

RICHARD EHRLICH'S BEVERAGE REPORT: Fine wines are only a phone call away - even if you live in the Hebrides
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