France: A Great Year?

When French Agriculture Minister Edgard Pisani walked into a Cabinet meeting at the Elysée last week, he had some very special news for his colleagues. Said Pisani: "Buy a couple of barrels of the 1964 vintage to lay down. It will be as great as 1921." Since 1921 was one of the great vintage years of the century for French wine (along with '29, '47, '53), that news was just too good to keep. Pisani's tip-off to the Cabinet quickly got out, raising both hopes and controversy.

Pisani knows something about wine; he grows grapes on eight acres of Château...

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