jamie goode's wine blog: Bordeaux campaign, vintage 1934

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Bordeaux campaign, vintage 1934

At Fortnum & Mason today to taste a few sherries with wine buyer Tim French. Tim produced an old Fortnum's wine list from 1938, which made fantastic reading.
'It's amazing how tight the range was in those days', he remarked. There's a big section on Champagne, a page of Port from the wood, a page of Vintage Port, lots of Madeira, more than a page of sherry, then large sections on Bordeaux, Burgundy, Hock and Mosel.

The rest of France has a small section, and then there's a fascinating - if brief - list of 'Empire wines' (see below). It was fascinating also to see the Bordeaux section, including the 1934 campaign that includes both merchant-bottled and Chateau-bottled releases. How the wine world has changed.

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At 10:50 AM, Anonymous keith prothero said...

Have you tried many 34 Bordeuax Jamie?see Linden wrote an interesting article on 34 Cheval Blanc in TWFW

At 11:25 AM, Blogger Peter May - The Pinotage Club said...

It is not certain, from the list of Empire wines, from which country they originate, though Victoria and Emu at the top ofthe list would suggest Australia and the lower four with Veldt, Paarl and Stellen certainly sound like South Africa.

But only two wines are identified by variety, the Australian(?) 'Hermitage Grape' and the South African (?) 'Stellen Hermitage'.

Hermitage was used in Australia as a synonym for Syrah, and in South Africa for Cinsaut -- which must have confused consumers :)


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