Friday, 25 January 2013
Matthew Jukes curator of 100 Most Iconic Wine Estates
Matthew Jukes: Quintesstially's 100 Most Iconic Wine Estates
Matthew's Quintesstially's 100 Most Iconic Wine Estates was published by Quintesstentially Publishing at the end of 2012 priced at £30.
Naturally Matthew's selection spans the entire wine world: from California to Australia and New Zealand by way of Europe and South Africa.
Matthew Jukes tasting
From the introduction:
'The wine world is ever changing, but these estates can be relied upon to make stellar wines year in, year out – they are the shimmering bedrock of the wine world. Showcasing an incredible array of grape varieties, regions and countries, with hypnotic aromas and devastating flavours there are sublime creations on every page. All are unique, celebrating their exact position on our planet and fashioning delicious wines which entrance our senses. A fair few of the pioneers mentioned within these covers have changed the paradigm of winemaking in their sphere. There are wines here that don't cost the earth and that bring great joy; nestling comfortably next to those whose rarity and cost are truly breath-taking. These are also all wines that I would love to have in my own collection; forming the most complete and balanced cellar that I can design.'
Bernard and Matthieu Baudry, Domaine Bernard Baudry
There are five Loire estates selected: Bernard Baudry, Filliatreau, Huet, Jacky and Jean-Philippe Blot, and François Cotat.
Frédéric Filliatreau testing Cabernet Franc during 2011 vintage@Brézé
Noël Pinguet, Domaine Huet during the 2010 vendange
Jacky Blot in Bourgueil@La Butte
Domaine François Cotat – 'closed'
On Huet, Matthew comments: 'Until recently the estate was run by Gaston's son-in-law Noël Pinguet and with the security of substantial investment it looks set to cruise into the next generation, with winemaking controlled by local lad Benjamin Joliveau and long time cellar-master Jean-Bernard Berthomé.'
I trust that Matthew's optimism is well placed here but given the nature of Noël's departure in February 2012 questions for the moment hang in the air.