When I saw our story this week about AIG’s current CEO making wine in Croatia, I have to admit I cringed a bit. I don’t know many fans of the giant insurance company that had to be bailed out last year. But, to be fair, Robert Benmosche wasn’t part of the huge failure; he was brought on earlier this year to try to put the company on stable footing. But despite you think about AIG, the story raises the question. Is it accurate, and fair, to call Benmosche a winemaker? Or is he just a wine investor?
Back in 2004, former Château Pichon-Longueville-Lalande owner May de Lencquesaing purchased a 310-hectare estate in South Africa’s Stellenbosch district, just around the corner from the famed Rustenberg estate. Now, with 60 hectares under vine (two-thirds of them in production) de Lencquesaing’s Glenelly estate has its first few wines in release.
Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth focuses on Cellar Treasures Under $40 in this blog. He tastes a vertical of a Rhône Valley red wine, Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel. See his tasting notes and scores on six vintages of this wine dating back to 1985 below.
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