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In the March 31, 2012 Issue

2009 Bordeaux

At the top end, the '09 vintage delivers stunning wines. 2009 is not a flawless vintage from top to bottom, but it is clearly a superb year. It will, however, face stiff competition from the 2010s.

FREE Wine Charts:

California Rhône: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all California Rhône 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.

Cover Story

Bordeaux 2009 - The first classic-rated vintage since 2005 yields a treasure trove of luscious reds from France's premier wine region. Plus: A look ahead to 2010 shows more excitement in the offing
Notable Values - Second wines offer a taste of top châteaus, at a fraction of the price
Off the Radar - Thirteen up-and-coming estates that are making names for themselves
Doubly Sweet - Sauternes delivers quantity and quality, while dry whites also succeed
Alphabetical Listing - Scores for the more than 900 2009s tasted

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Christian Moueix is the man behind some of the world's most sought-after wines: châteaus Trotanoy, La Fleur-Pétru s and Hosanna, along with Dominus in Napa Valley. Meet Christian and learn what it takes to make great Right Bank Bordeaux.

Features

Going Beyond Glass - A comparison of alternatives to the traditional bottle, and their eco-impacts

Tasting Reports

California Rhônes - The key to quality is blending, which brings rewards and challenges
FREE: California Rhône Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 475 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.

A Whiter Shade of Rhônes - Rhône Valley–inspired whites offer diverse flavors
Head to the Foothills - Viticulturist Ann Kraemer shows Amador’s potential
Chile's New Players - Syrah and Pinot Noir take the lead with cool-climate versions
FREE: Chile Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 500 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.

Travel

Seattle's Native Appeal - Homegrown chefs with a passion for local products raise the bar

WineSpectator.com: Visit our Wine Country Travel section for our editors’ picks of places to visit in key North American wine regions. Plus find more than 3,700 restaurants with award-winning wine lists in our Restaurant Search.

People

The Iconoclast - Twenty years after his first garage wine, Jean-Luc Thunevin is still making waves
The New Comtesse - Sylvie Cazes adds Pichon Lalande to her very full plate

Grapevine

Business

New Players in California - A new flurry of sales bring new investments into California wine
Charlie Trotter Closes His Restaurant

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

American Terroir - The government approves five new AVA's

People

Actor Isiah Whitlock Jr. - One of actor Isiah Whitlock Jr.’s favorite off-screen roles is that of wine lover
Sonoma Makes Bachelor Cameo; France Honors Latour Owner Pinault and Actress Hayek

Spirits

Going Organic

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Jack Bettridge’s columns and other articles on spirits.

Wine Auctions

Bordeaux takes a hit; Wine Spectator Auction Index - Blue-chip Bordeaux falls from autumn highs, but sell-through rates show a healthy market

WineSpectator.com: Research before you buy or sell at auction. Website members can check the latest auction highlights and track prices for more than 10,000 collectible wines in our Auction Price Database.

Cellars / Collections

Built for Tasting - Michigan collector’s cellar is the perfect place for sharing wine

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Letters

Savvy Shopper

Affordable Bordeaux, Fruit-Forward Whites

Columns

James Laube - Wine's tipping points

WineSpectator.com: In his recent blogs, James Laube uncovers what Petite Sirah can do in the right hands, reflects on why it's a great time to be a wine lover and declares wine ready for TV prime-time. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - New prides of place

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

A Perfect Match

Jose Garces' Marvesta Prawns With Chardonnay - Chef Jose Garces, JG Domestic, Philadelphia

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

WINE AND FOOD MATCHMAKING In our "8 & $20" series, learn how eight ingredients and an under-$20 bottle of wine can come together for a restaurant-quality meal. Check back often for easy, tasty recipes.

DRINKING OUT LOUD Thought-provoking, web-exclusive essays from the irreverent Matt Kramer, longtime Wine Spectator columnist. Don't miss the lively discussions! (Only members may post comments, but all visitors may read them.)

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