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The 2014 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: A Biodynamic Vintage at Château Palmer

Thomas Duroux's first fully biodynamic vintage in Margaux

Posted: March 20, 2015  By James Molesworth

At Château Palmer, director Thomas Duroux remains just as committed to organic vinegrowing as ever, putting him at the vanguard of this still nascent movement in Bordeaux. Here are my notes on the 2014 Château Palmer Margaux and Alter Ego.

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

2014 Bordeaux Barrel Tasting

James Molesworth is tasting barrel samples in Bordeaux to get a first glimpse of the 2014 vintage, likely the best the region has seen since 2010. Follow along with his tasting notes and daily blogs

Posted: March 18, 2015  By James Molesworth

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Dialed In

In the fickle wine business, only a few wines offer consistency and quality

Posted: March 13, 2015  By James Molesworth

The wine business is one where Mother Nature plays an enormous role. Combine that with the role that the fallible hand of mankind plays in winemaking, and you can easily see why there are no sure things. So you have to tip your cap to the "dialed-in" wines, as I call them. The ones that have remarkable consistency in both quality and style. These are the wines that you can blindly grab a bottle of any time, in any vintage, and know exactly what you're going to get. Here are two of my favorites.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

15 South African White Wine Values

New reviews of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc from the Cape

Posted: March 6, 2015  By James Molesworth

Jan. 31 - Feb. 28, 2015 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Riesling Prevails in New York's Finger Lakes

A difficult 2013 yields mixed results, but the region's top grape succeeds once again

Posted: February 28, 2015  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Tilting at Balance

The In Pursuit of Balance tasting revealed some fine wines, but is the group too focused on an imaginary foe?

Posted: February 24, 2015  By James Molesworth

Last night I attended the In Pursuit Of Balance (IPOB) tasting held in New York. The consumer portion ($125), a 3-hour walkaround tasting, featured more than 30 wineries pouring Chardonnay or Pinot Noir.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

11 Impressive Bordeaux Values

New reviews of affordable reds and whites from Bordeaux

Posted: February 13, 2015  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Accessible Northern Rhône Reds

New reviews of Syrahs from Crozes-Hermitage

Posted: February 6, 2015  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

16 Bracing Jura Whites

New reviews of Savagnin and Chardonnay from France

Posted: January 30, 2015  By James Molesworth

Dec. 31, 2014 Issue  :  Retrospective/Vertical

Nine Vintages of Yquem

Posted: December 31, 2014  By James Molesworth

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