July 13, 2004

Margaux gets screwed

Writing about web page http://www.decanter.com/news/56336.html

Looks like the first big mover for screwcaps amongst the big players in Bordeaux – could signal a step change in the acceptance of screwcaps in the old world.

As a related topic, there's an interesting discussion in the wine press at the moment about whether screwcaps are all they are cracked up to be – seems that there is some debate about the connection between screwcaps and reduction problems – the opposite of oxidation (i think) – which can be just as damaging to a bottle.

My own feeling at the moment is for Whites and Rose wine – specifically those meant to be drunk young, fresh and fruity, a screwcap is fine. For those that need a bit of ageing, especially bigger reds, there probably needs to be a bit more convincing done. Considiring the majority of wine sold in the UK is for immediate drinking then you can see why retailers like Tesco are big on screwcap closures. It will be interesting to see how producers like Chateau Margaux get on with them.

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