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French Wine

Wine opinion: Parisian vineyards

Patrice Bersac

It makes perfect sense for Patrice Bersac to live and work in Paris' Bercy district, just a short stroll from the restored wine warehouses of Cour Saint-Emilion, now converted to cafes and bars humming with students and day-trippers.

Friday, 10 May, 2013, 7:32am

Beauty and the berry

A glimpse of the church in Meursault. Photos: Michel Joly

Treatments good enough to eat are on the menu at new spa Château de Cîteaux in France's Burgundy region. Giovanna Dunmall samples the goods.

9 Oct 2012 - 2:19pm

French wine price rises likely to be restrained

Workers collect grapes for this year's vintage at the famed Chateau Haut Brion near Bordeaux in southwestern France. Photo: AP

Devotees of fine French wine can relax, your favoured tipple should not become significantly more expensive over the coming year.

2 Oct 2012 - 4:06am

Trouble with bubbles

First the bad news: there is going to be a lot less champagne this year. But the good news is that what there is could be outstanding.

After one of the worst spring growing seasons on record, producers of the world's most celebrated bubbly are bracing themselves for one of the smallest harvests in 20 years.

13 Sep 2012 - 12:02pm

The corkscrew: in the pink

Illustration: Tom Jellett

Rosé, is often regarded as a frivolous tipple. The wine may even make some people shiver in revulsion, especially if they've had a bad experience with one (think Gallo's White Zinfandel - a cloyingly sweet concoction from California).

9 Sep 2012 - 12:21am

Burgundy winery's buyer is Stanley Ho's right-hand man, Louis Ng

The man behind the purchase of a Burgundy winery that has caused an uproar in France has been revealed as Louis Ng Chi-sing, the right-hand man of Macau gambling tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun.

25 Aug 2012 - 2:50am

Asian Grapevine

In 2003 I managed to visit the top three Chinese wineries: Dynasty, Changyu and Great Wall. It wasn't long into the trip that I would hear a phrase repeatedly: 'We are the biggest in China, and the best.' It was a mantra conveyed within the first 10 minutes, several more times during the trip and repeated at least twice at the conclusion of my visit.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Russian breathes life into underrated region

Apologies if this sounds a little mean-spirited, but French wine regions don't get much more unfashionable than Bergerac.

Next to Bordeaux but certainly not Bordeaux, Bergerac is better known for its truffles than its wines. Attempts to establish iconic vineyards there have got the better of plenty of experienced wine hands.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Younger generation injects breath of fresh air

Bordeaux, defined by the classification system of 1855, is a region associated with history and tradition, and most of the world's most expensive wines. A bunch of young Bordelais, however, are attempting to inject a breath of fresh air into the region, and they go under the collective name of Bordeaux Oxygene.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Uruguay still a hidden gem on world stage

It was easy way back when, Jancis Robinson commented while she was studying for her master of wine, because there so were few wine-producing countries and wine-producing regions. Today, it is almost impossible to keep up.

Even those residents in Portugal's bourgeoning Douro region say they don't always know what's happening, such is the pace of change.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

TOP tipples

Nicolas Pierron, Head Sommelier, Island Shangri-La

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Wine expo looks north, where palates gain polish

Hong Kong is about to pop the cork on the world's biggest wine and spirits expo amid explosive growth in the increasingly sophisticated and lucrative mainland market.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

CLSA staff hoping for some independence in deal with Citic

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Dynasty Wines aims at high-end market

Dynasty Fine Wines aims to climb the value chain to break into the high-end market dominated by French labels.

While China may have become a major buyer in the global wine market, many of its winemakers and distributors have been finding it difficult to break into the big league.

7 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

How Asia has the world's measure

People in Hong Kong are drinking a lot of wine and spirits, and are expected to drink a lot more. And the Chinese mainland is going to follow suit.

That in a nutshell - or possibly a shot glass - was the message Robert Beynat, chief executive of Vinexpo, delivered on Tuesday.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am