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In the June 30, 2015 Issue

Lalou Bize-Leroy

Isolated but undaunted, Lalou Bize-Leroy makes some of Burgundy's finest wines.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

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

Cover Story

No Compromises - Marching to the beat of her own drummer, Lalou Bize-Leroy, of Burgundy's Domaine Leroy, Maison Leroy and Domaine d'Auvenay, is an iconic and masterful producer whose tiny-production bottlings command sky-high prices from loyal fans. Often cast as an outsider in her own region, she remains unapologetic about her dedication to biodynamic grapegrowing and terroir-driven wines
House Style - An inside look at Domaine Leroy's inimitable wines
Horizontal Tastings - Ratings of selected vintages from Bize-Leroy's three domaines

Features

Tasting Reports

Bordeaux Bounces Back - Impressive showings in barrel suggest 2014 will be the region's best vintage since the classic-scoring 2010

WineSpectator.com: While in Bordeaux to taste barrel samples, senior editor James Molesworth visited many top châteaus. Read his on-the-scene blog posts for highlights from Cheval-Blanc, Haut-Brion, Lafite Rothschild, Léoville Barton, Margaux, Mouton-Rothschild, Palmer, Pétrus, Le Pin, Trotanoy, Vieux Château Certan, Yquem and more. Plus, members can see lists of his scores and tasting notes broken out by top-scoring reds, reds by appellation, dry whites and sweet wines.

FREE: Bordeaux Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: Bordeaux Alphabetical Listing - More than 385 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.

2012 Red Burgundy - A small crop and the threat of disease worried winemakers in 2012, but the newest crop of Pinot Noirs is defying expectations with exemplary freshness and concentration

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS: Get to know this complex region better with the guidance of great winemakers and domaine owners: Watch our interviews and seminars with Bruno Colin, the Drouhin family, Pierre-Henry Gagey of Maison Louis Jadot, Jacques Lardière, the late Anne-Claude Leflaive and Christophe Roumier.

FREE: 2012 Red Burgundy Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: Red Burgundy Alphabetical Listing - More than 460 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.

Zinfandel's Big Crop - Ideal growing conditions in 2012 and 2013 produced a flood of exceptional versions from California that are ripe, zesty and ready to drink
FREE: California Zinfandel Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: California Zinfandel Alphabetical Listing - More than 380 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.

Rebuilding a House of Zinfandel - Brothers Jake and Scot Bilbro revitalize Sonoma's Limerick Lane

Travel

Exploring Deepest France - The Dordogne River winds through some of southwestern France's most spectacular landscapes and culinary destinations

WineSpectator.com: Letter from Europe Contributing editor Robert Camuto blogs from his trips through France, Italy and beyond, sharing the fascinating and inspiring stories of the winemakers, grapegrowers, chefs and other personalities who shape wine culture.

Grapevine

World

Vinexpo Study
Lights! Camera! Pour! Enter Wine Spectator's Annual Video Contest
Global Business: Insight Into the U.S. Market for World Wineries

People

Napa Legend Joseph Phelps Dies at 87

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

Savvy Shopper

Italian Picks, Refreshing Rieslings, Red Blends from Spain and Portugal

Cheese

Sequatchie Cove's Tennessee Terroir

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

Things We Like

Gifts for Dads and Grads

Cellars / Collections

An Epicurean Couple's Wine Country Home - Food and wine are central to the Napa couple's lifestyle

Departments

FAQ: Rosé

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Columns

James Laube - The case for twist-offs

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 - Burgundy goes global

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.)

James Molesworth - Beyond the usual suspects

A Perfect Match

Sarah Schafer's Squid Ink Risotto and Gamay Noir

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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FATHER'S DAY Want to really impress Dad? Get help from some of the country's best chefs! They're sharing great, new, make-at-home recipes for the summer season, while we pick tasty wines at reasonable prices to match. (Dad always loves a good deal!)

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