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Bucolic vignettes such as this from our hotel window in Tuscany attest to the glorious weather in France and much of the wine-growing countries at the moment. Successive poor to middling vintages in the past three years have taken a toll on the wine industry.
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Bounty of flavours of Burgundy 2014

A very impressive set of Grands Crus, with good, ripe fruit, good balance and freshness.
Oct 9, 2015 5:50 AM

I HAVE just returned from a second visit to Europe - Beaune, Bordeaux, Italy and Spain. From end-August through to the end of September, the weather was glorious, summer just starting to go into autumn, so the days were long with lots of sunshine. An interesting trip as it afforded me the (