Ranking Burgundy Wines

Ranking Burgundy Wines: What the New Cremant de Bourgogne Ranking System Means for Collectors

When you think of celebrating the holidays, you probably imagine crystal flutes of fine Champagne, but writer Eva Weirich dreams of Cremant de Bourgogne. Her family originally bought this famous sparkling Burgundy to cook with, and over time they’ve realized they enjoy drinking Cremant more than Champagne, especially during the holidays. She says Cremant is…

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Wine Inheritance Tax

In France, Inheritance Is a Privilege, Not a Right: What the Wine Inheritance Tax Means for Estates

In the 1930s and 1940s, French winemaking families could easily pay off even the steepest wine inheritance tax within one harvest season. Today, paying off inheritance taxes on vineyards can take 10 years or more on family-run estates. Domaine Armand Rousseau’s Eric Rousseau explains, “It’s even more crippling for domaines that have difficulty selling their…

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eu wine regulation

EU Wine Regulation Gives Producers More Freedom, But What Does It Mean for France’s Iconic Wine Regions?

  Change doesn’t come easily to French wine culture, as we have seen with wine enthusiasts lamenting the sale of wine land to foreign buyers in Bordeaux. The country’s reputation for fine wine has given it an esteemed reputation, and any minor change can elicit worry among its winemakers. The EU recently passed a regulation…

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wine monopole

Are We Seeing the Breakup of the Iconic French Wine Monopole? Greater Diversity in French Winemaking and What It Means for the Collector

When today’s sommeliers taste wines, they can often immediately pick out the unique flavors and bouquets associated with bottles from Champagne and Bordeaux. That’s partly because, in the late 1800s, French land became cheap and plentiful, allowing winemakers to purchase entire regions of their own, and to grow the grapes to the same high standards.…

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