Sunday, June 11, 2006

New World sparkles as French vineyards plunge into the red

The Observer, Business, p 5

By Conal Walsh

As well-marketed brands from Australia become the toast of the British market, Europe's wine lake is filling up with vin ordinaire.
Bordeaux's top wine producers are saying there's never been a season like it. Thanks to last year's ideal summer - not too warm, not too dry - the 2005 vintage is the best in a century. Wine merchants from across the world are flocking to the region, desperate to get their hands on Haut-Brions and Latours, and ready to pay twice the normal price.


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