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The Deterioration of French Wines: Click here: ++ Briefing ++ - and review of the piece by Maggie's Farm expert:The segment of the market that is addressed in the article, the middle, is indeed served better by growers outside of France on price/value analysis as long as you like the sort of big, saturated, fruity wines that they make. I personally don’t. My preference is for the more austere wines that show terrior rather than the sculpted, standardized products from most of these other areas. The article really says that the AOC system is unreliable. Not a surprise to anyone who keeps track of these things or has some sense of what chiselers the frogs are. There are always stories of some poor Algerian truck driver getting lost with a tanker load of highly alcoholic, tannic “bone setting” red from an Algerian vineyard, looking around for the cellar that he is supposed to deliver it to. This and the other practices are well known. I still contend that for $25/bbl, the 1990 Simard is the best value on the market. Load up!