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Allen Meadows | Grape Legends

Author, and wine critic, Allen Meadows publishes the “comprehensive and detailed Quarterly Journal” that’s also billed as “the ultimate Burgundy reference,” called Burghound. Much more about Allen’s work can be found at Burhound.com and by following him on Twitter @BurgHound. Despite his inextricable affiliation with the Pinot Noirs of Burgundy, Allen also reviews those of California, Oregon, on occasion New Zealand, and finally the sparkling wines of Champagne. By visiting his website you can buy Allen’s book, directly, called “The Pearl of the Côte: The Great Wines of Vosne-Romanée”

Interview Series – Click each question below to load it, above.

» “Green Meanies”

» Bonne Mares: What factors contribute to its tannic spine?

» Disgorgement: “For,” or “against?”

» Michel Chapoutier’s penchant for dry extract is–shall I say–the framework for the following statement: “Acid is a cheap Life Insurance policy.”

» Because the wines of Corton don’t express their elegance or finesse in their youth, could one confuse that with a so called modern style wine?

» For us mere mortals who will likely never taste an 1864 Burgundy could you walk us through that experience?

» As unfortunate an issue as Premature Oxidation is, if the consumer encounters the misfortune of purchasing a flawed bottle should the Domaine accept that bottle if it’s returned?

» The years with an abundance of Millerandage, or shot-berries produce more desirable wines

» It was rumored that Lionel Messi turned down a blank check, in effect telling him to name his price to goto Manchester City. If you wouldn’t mind playing, let’s say that I just–hypothetically–handed you a blank check. Which piece of property would you purchase?

» You’ve been going to Burgundy since 1979, so from your perspective, what are the significant changes which have taken place throughout the years?

» As with any critic, there are those who dissent with your view. Your critics will say that year in-and-out you award points that are never out of step with the respective Domaine’s pedigree.

» I have difficulty imagining–if I were a winemaker–and, wished to pick at optimal phenolic ripeness that I would need to adopt the practice employed in Burgundy of scheduling pickers on specified dates, in advance.

» At one percent of total output or production the Grand Crus are nearly all situated in the Côte de Nuits (23 of the total 24). Relative the whites, or the Beaune itself, is this an injustice, a valid imbalance, or?

» Abraham Lincoln said “I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.”