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In the March 31, 2013 Issue


With quality variable in the next two Bordeaux vintages to come, the newly arriving 2010s and remaining 2009s represent the best opportunities to procure great wines. The quality is clearly in the bottle.

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Bordeaux 2010: A Classic Vintage - Monumental reds, the ’10s are well-balanced and built for long-term cellaring. They stand in stylistic contrast to the more opulent, forward and fruit-driven 2009s. White wines also excelled, in dry and sweet styles

    Alphabetical Listing - Scores for all of the more than 1,000 wines tasted BONUS VIDEO: Tradition and Innovation at Château Margaux:  How can one of Bordeaux's most storied estates evolve? Join Margaux's dynamic owner, Corinne Mentzelopoulos, as she describes the château's past, present and future. Master Bordeaux:  Take our online Wine Spectator School course to learn the complexities of this famed French region. Know the important classifications, the collectible wines and the bargains. Taste the difference between wines from key areas, and go behind the scenes at top châteaus. See the course details.


    Tasting Reports


    Bordeaux Reborn - The once-sleepy wine capital awakens with a new culinary and travel landscape


    Domaine Tempier’s New Age - Under new leadership, this esteemed Bandol estate is rising to greater heights with its Mourvèdre-based reds





    The Environment



    Wine Auctions


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken


    Savvy Shopper


    A Perfect Match

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