I'm fresh from a tasting where I was taken to task about this piece. It was by someone I've known professionally for a long time. He told me what I wrote was not true. After all, he never sees the problem the Bordelais have. Did he think I was making this stuff up? Then after he criticized my point of view, I asked him if he read to the story to its end. He said no.
Then it came out: he didn't even read the piece.
He also said that as I write about natural wine, I had no business writing about Bordeaux. To which I said, "Listen to what you said. What a sad observation."
I did my research, and I did my interviews in France as well as well as from the sommelier's here and some pundits, from James Molesworth to Eric Asimov.
My story is on how Bordeaux has lost 2-3 generations of sommeliers.
In the next Feiring Line (out end of January) I'll be publishing some of the results of the tasting which I had for the piece of Bordeaux recommendations, wines that I feel have authenticity and soul. I'll also be printing some of the back story and other bits that fell on the cutting floor.