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In the Nov. 30, 2014 Issue

Corinne Mentzelopoulos

Corinne Mentzelopoulos' intelligence, work ethic and leadership have built her first-growth Bordeaux estate, Château Margaux, from a tarnished gem to one of the most respected and valuable wine properties in the world.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

Cover Story

In a Class All Her Own - After 34 years leading Bordeaux first-growth Château Margaux, owner Corinne Mentzelopoulos reflects on the historic property, its legendary red wine and her trailblazing legacy as a businesswoman, in an exclusive and far-ranging interview with Wine Spectator
Margaux Vertical Tasting - A 25-vintage retrospective of Château Margaux's grand vin, spanning four decades, illustrates the evolution and continued allure of this iconic terroir.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS Corinne Mentzelopoulos has generously shared Château Margaux wines—and the ongoing story of her estate—with the audience at Wine Spectator's Wine Experience many times. Watch her recent Wine Star presentation, an aerial tour of the estate and highlights from a seminar with all five Bordeaux first growths.

Features

Tasting Reports

Rhône Valley Victory - Châteauneuf-du-Pape leads the 2012 vintage, which is outstanding in both north and south
FREE: Rhône Valley Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 1,080 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.

Experimental By Design - Mounir Saouma's unconventional winemaking yields outstanding wines from Châteauneuf and beyond

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS Get to know leading Rhône personalities, regions and grape varieties with these new additions to our video library.

  • Chapoutier's Marsanne Magic: Michel Chapoutier shares his Ermitage White de l'Orée, a full-bodied and rich Marsanne that can age for 30-plus years.
  • Exploring Châteauneuf-du-Pape with Beaucastel: Vintner Marc Perrin and senior editor James Molesworth discuss the contribution of Grenache and Mourvèdre to Châteauneuf reds, as well as the wines' ability to age, with a focus on 2001, the first of a new generation of vintages.

After the Storm - A disappointing 2011 for California Merlot gives way to a crop of rich, appealing 2012s
FREE: California Merlot Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 125 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.

Menu

A New Orleans Feast - Emeril Lagasse offers classic Crescent City recipes to delight guests this holiday season

WineSpectator.com: Can't get enough of Emeril? Read our in-depth profile of the celebrity chef and enjoy his videos from the Wine Experience where he dukes it out with three other chefs for the best wine-and-food match.

Emeril's Reveillon Recipes

Grapevine

Business

Scandal in Montalcino

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

World

Château De Pommard Sold to U.S. Entrepreneur
First Sale of Roy Welland Wine Collection Brings in $6.6 Million
California Winery in Trouble For Volunteer Help; Burgundy in Oregon

People

Former MLB Pitcher Ron Darling - Retired MLB pitcher Ron Darling makes Syrah to raise money for diabetes research
Forgotten Grape Gains Fame in 2014 Wine Spectator Video Contest

Health

Exercise Unlocks Wine's Benefits, Study Claims

Cheese

Artisan Chèvre

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of columns and other articles on cheese.

Chocolate

Easy-to-Find, High Quality Bars

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of columns and other articles on chocolate.

Cellars / Collections

A Love of Wine and Travel Underlies Moe and Mar Alkemade's Collection - Chicago-area couple Moe and Mar Alkemade stock gems from their wine-country treasure hunts

WineSpectator.com: Want to build up your cellar? Sign up for our free Collecting & Auctions email: Get a new collectible wine pick in each edition, plus expert tips on collecting, news and analysis.

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Savvy Shopper

South African Selections, Wines from Washington, California Finds

Columns

James Laube - California Cabernet goes big

WineSpectator.com: In his blogs, James Laube shares updates from his recent tastings and visits with winemakers, and discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - The age debate

WineSpectator.com: For more of Matt Kramer's provocative essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)

A Perfect Match

Brandon McGlamery's Ribollita Da Delfina with Sangiovese - Chef Brandon McGlamery, Luma on Park, Winter Park, Fla.

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

TOP 100 COUNTDOWN On Nov. 10, we'll begin unveiling the Top 10 wines of 2014—with videos, tasting notes and more—followed by the complete Top 100 list. Don't miss it!

NEW YORK WINE EXPERIENCE Couldn't make it to our great lineup of tastings and seminars this year? Our full coverage of the event brings the world's best winemakers and chefs to you, with photos, articles and videos.

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