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In the May 31, 2010 Issue

Burgundy

Wars, pestilence and economic turmoil have broken up many of Burgundy’s best estates. But with the commitment of two families, elite producer Domaine de la Romanée-Conti has instead grown and flourished.

FREE Wine Charts:

2007 Red Burgundy: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all 2007 Red Burgundy wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Chile: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Chilean wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Austria: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Austrian wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

Heaven on Earth - Aubert de Villaine has guided Burgundy’s exalted Domaine de la Romanée-Conti decisively into the 21st century. An in-depth look at this historic estate, where Pinot Noir reaches its apex
Terroir and Transparency - DRC’s seven grands crus vineyards and the wines they yield harbor unique character
Auction Overachievers - The estate’s wines continue to command top prices at auction, outperforming even top Bordeaux

Features

Tasting Reports

2007 Red Burgundy - After several vintages of rich, ripe reds, a cool summer in the region led to elegant wines more typical of the northern climate

WineSpectator.com: More than 450 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

WineSpectator.com: Learn more about Burgundy with our video interviews of vignerons, vineyard visits and tastings with Bruce Sanderson.

FREE: 2007 Red Burgundy Alphabetical Listing
Chile’s Cooling Trend - Established warm-climate bottlings stand out, but a shift toward the breezy coast has new wines showing minerality and finesse

WineSpectator.com: More than 540 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

FREE: Chile Alphabetical Listing
Austria Keeps Climbing - Tricky weather proved no problem, as vintners crafted a run of fine whites

WineSpectator.com: More than 240 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

FREE: Austria Alphabetical Listing

Entertaining

Celebrate With Champagne - Whether you plan to host two or 20 revelers, a little bubbly is sure to liven up the gathering. We offer elegant edibles to match.

Wine

High-Tech Lists - Restaurants and wine bars venture to the cutting edge of electronics, with bottlings enumerated on tablets, touch screens and more

Grapevine

Business

Cork Screwed: Screw Caps Ace Test

WineSpectator.com: Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.

Food Arts Publishers Honored With James Beard Award
Phony French Pinot Draws Class-Action Suit

People

Twitter’s Biz Stone - Social network pioneer Biz Stone explains his company’s charity wine project—in more than 140 characters

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Health

Wine May Fight Cancer, But How?
Alcohol May Help Fight Weight Gain In Women

Science

Giving New Meaning to Green - Giving credibility to sustainability

Savvy Shopper

Savvy Shopper - Refreshing whites and diverse reds

Cheese

Dutch Treats Make the Rounds - Beyond the red wax

Chocolate

Out of Africa

Spirits

Making Your Martini Ecofriendly - Ecofriendly liquors

Wine Auctions

Miami Wine and Food Festival Turns Up the Heat

WineSpectator.com: Keep tabs on the market. Website members can check the latest auction highlights and track prices for more than 12,000 collectible wines in our Auction Price Database.

Portland Charity Auction Nets $2.3 Million
Mouton Magnums Raise Money for Haiti Relief

Cellars / Collections

Eclectic Acquisitions

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

Burgundy’s Benchmark - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Letters

Columns

James Laube - Winemaking in Wyoming? Why not?

WineSpectator.com: In recent blog posts, James Laube rethinks buying birth year wines for your kids, discusses how Ridge winery has proven that steady is the right course and says that Napa's neighbor, Lake County, may finally get its due. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - A call for full disclosure

WineSpectator.com: Don't miss Matt Kramer's new web-exclusive essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments, but all visitors may read them.)

James Molesworth - Chilean vintners' surprising optimism

WineSpectator.com: For further details on the Chile wine industry's losses, see James Molesworth's news and blogs online.

A Perfect Match

Chicken Fricassee With Citrus Confit - Chef Alain Ducasse, Le Louis XV, Monaco

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

MOTHER’S DAY Pamper Mom with a special meal at home or a night out at a restaurant with one of the world’s best wine lists. Either way, we’ve got you covered with great recommendations.

SUMMER ENTERTAINING Memorial Day weekend kicks off the season for outdoor meals, backyard barbecue and picnics in the park. Get one of our favorite recipes and recently rated wines perfect for the season!

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