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The 2012 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: The Right Bank Has the Right Stuff

The Merlot-based wines of Cheval-Blanc, Pétrus, Vieux Château Certan and Le Pin met greater success than their Left Bank cousins in 2012

Posted: April 4, 2013  By James Molesworth

With Merlot the early favorite for lead variety in 2012, I was anxious to see what the Right Bank accomplished in this tricky vintage. Here, in Pomerol and St.-Emilion, Merlot plays the lead over Cabernet Sauvignon, with Cabernet Franc often an important player as well. With the vintage putting an emphasis on a short ripening window, does the Merlot-dominated Right Bank have an upper hand on the Left Bank and its later-ripening Cabernet?

I visited Pétrus, Cheval-Blanc, Vieux Château Certan and Le Pin to find out.

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

2012 Top-Scoring Red Bordeaux

Tasting notes and scores for 44 wines that showed best as barrel samples

Posted: April 3, 2013  By James Molesworth

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The 2012 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: The Cabernet Test Continues at Latour and Mouton

How did this pair of Pauillac's flagship first-growths perform in the difficult 2012 vintage?

Posted: April 3, 2013  By James Molesworth

The performance of Pauillac and its Cabernet-based first-growth reds remains the most important indicator of vintage quality for most Bordeaux fans, and today I continued my tour through the upper Médoc's Cabernet country to check out the 2012 vintage at Châteaus Latour and Mouton-Rothschild.

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The 2012 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: Aiming for First-Growth Quality in St.-Julien

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou avoided the pitfalls of a tricky vintage; selection was key in Pauillac for Lafite

Posted: April 2, 2013  By James Molesworth

For most people Bordeaux is red wine (despite some superb whites). And within that rubric, for most people, Bordeaux means Cabernet Sauvignon (despite plenty of superb Merlot and Cabernet Franc). So for many people, the real test of a vintage in Bordeaux is how did the Cabernet of the upper Médoc do? Today, to start to answer that question, I began my visits in St.-Julien and Pauillac, Châteaus Ducru-Beaucaillou and Lafite Rothschild.

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The 2012 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: Margaux Headliners and Other Acts to Watch

Terroir was key for first-growth Margaux and Château Palmer in the tough 2012 vintage

Posted: April 1, 2013  By James Molesworth

After two days in Bordeaux's Pessac-Léognan, where I visited some châteaus with bright futures in addition to the venerable Châteaus Haut-Brion and La Mission, I headed into the Médoc's Margaux appellation, home to first-growth Château Margaux, the highly regarded third-growth Palmer and the exciting Monbrison, Siran, Giscours and du Tertre.

March 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Power Play

With the 2010 vintage, Bordeaux now has back-to-back classics in dramatically different styles

Posted: March 31, 2013  By James Molesworth

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The 2012 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: More Pessac and the First First-Growth

Visits to Château Olivier, Les Carmes Haut-Brion and then Château Haut-Brion to taste the 2012 lineup from Domaine Clarence Dillon

Posted: March 29, 2013  By James Molesworth

Continuing my visits through Pessac-Léognan on Bordeaux's Left Bank, I tasted the 2012 barrel samples at Château Olivier and Les Carmes Haut-Brion and then at the oldest of the first-growths, Haut-Brion, where I tasted La Mission Haut-Brion as well.

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The 2012 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: Keeping Up with the Neighbors in Pessac

Châteaus Larrivet Haut-Brion and Haut-Bailly have come on strong in recent years

Posted: March 28, 2013  By James Molesworth

I arrived in Bordeaux in time for lunch (I love when that happens), dropped my bags at Les Sources de Caudalie and then decided to check on two neighbors in the Pessac-Léognan AOC, Châteaus Larrivet Haut-Brion and Haut-Bailly.

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

2012 Bordeaux Barrel Tasting

What did the latest vintage bring France's famed region? James Molesworth is tasting in Bordeaux for two weeks to find out. Follow along with his tasting notes and daily blogs

Posted: March 27, 2013  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

13 Red Values from the Loire Valley

New reviews of Cabernet Francs and more, each for $25 or less

Posted: March 22, 2013  By James Molesworth

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