Blaufränkisch – surely not godforsaken?


Jancis writes 'They would have you believe some godforsaken grapes that, in hundreds and hundreds of years of viticulture, wine consumption, etc, have never gotten traction because they are rarely of interest (such as Trousseau, Savagnin, Grand Noir, Negrette, Lignan Blanc, Peloursin, Auban, Calet, Fongoneu and Blaufrankisch) can produce wines (in truth, rarely palatable unless lost in a larger blend) that consumers should be beating a path to buy and drink.'

This was Robert Parker (on whose team our friend David Schildknecht has just been replaced as German reviewer by the equally talented young Stephan Reinhardt) railing against a new...