Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE - ANDY CRONSHAW

CON­SUMERS be­lieve they know where they are with some New World wines from, say, Aus­tralia or Chile.

‘This is a Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon’ or ‘I re­ally like this, it’s a Sau­vi­gnon Blanc’.

The re­al­ity of wine is, like life, more com­plex.

French wines are named af­ter the places where the grapes are grown be­cause where they are grown is more im­por­tant in many ways than the grape va­ri­eties used to make the wines.

A Chardon­nay from Meur­sault is a com­pletely dif­fer­ent beast to a Chardon­nay from Ma­con.

It was the Amer­i­cans, or should I say the Cal­i­for­ni­ans, who may have been first to start nam­ing their wines af­ter the grape va­ri­eties in the wines.

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