Showing posts with label The World of Fine Wine. Show all posts
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

An End To Rambling

After 333 posts, I'm sorry to have to tell you that this is the last one.

I began this blog two years ago as a sort of informal diversion from my regular writing, and while it has been enjoyable, it has become too much to keep up with—between writing and maintaining ChampagneGuide.net, writing regularly for wine publications such as Wine & Spirits and The World of Fine Wine, working simultaneously on two different book projects and finding the time to simply keep up with regular tastings of current releases here in Champagne, I have little time for much else. Unfortunately, out of all of my activities, this blog is the one that has to go.

I can still be found in various other places, of course. ChampagneGuide.net continues to grow, and on my blog over there, I've been posting frequently about champagne, nearly every other day. As well as providing an in-depth focus on champagne, I hope to include more video and multimedia content in that blog, as well as in the other sections of the site. My intention with that site was always to make it more than just a collection of tasting notes, and as it develops, I'm hoping to turn ChampagneGuide.net into one of the world's most useful resources for champagne.

Elsewhere on the web, I occasionally contribute to ZesterDaily, my most recent story being this one about tasting grapes during the 2009 harvest in Champagne. Most of the rest of my writing is exclusively in print, although various stories do pop up from time to time on the Interweb.

So, rather than ramble on, I will say goodbye, and humbly thank you for reading my blog. I appreciate the interaction that we've had over the last couple of years, and I look forward to seeing you elsewhere, wherever and whenever that may be.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Jérôme Prévost in The World of Fine Wine

I've written a piece on Jérôme Prévost for the current issue (#25) of The World of Fine Wine. The article is not posted online, but If you're a subscriber, you'll find it as the lead piece in the magazine's Review section, just before Serena Sutcliffe writes about a billion wines from DRC back to the Middle Ages and Stephen Brook tastes a whole century of Langoa Barton. But hey, at least my wine's sparkling. If you aren't a subscriber, you can still read it as a PDF document, here.

The review includes a rare vertical tasting of all of Prévost's wines from 1999 to 2007: Prévost typically makes only one wine per year from his two-hectare parcel of meunier in the vineyard of Les Béguines, but in two vintages (2000 and 2003) he made an additional cuvée that was aged for an extra year in barrel, and in 2007 he made a rosé champagne for the first time.

Prévost has been making champagne since the 1998 vintage, and when he invited me to Gueux in the spring to taste these wines, his intention was to offer a complete retrospective of his career. Unfortunately, he realized that he hasn't got any more bottles of 1998 left, but the (literally) once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to taste the other 12 wines all together was extraordinary. The vintage currently on the market is the outstanding 2006, which I think is one of the best wines he's ever made; the 2007s should be released later on this year, and the rosé, especially, is not to be missed.

Updated 2 Oct: Added link to PDF file