Posted: June 27, 2011 By James Molesworth
Today was a busy day in Bordeaux, as several big-name châteaus finally released their 2010 futures prices, including Châteaus Margaux (96-99 points from my 2010 Bordeaux Barrel Tasting), Cos-d'Estournel (96-99) and L'Evangile (94-97).
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Posted: June 10, 2011 By James Laube
Good for Pontet-Canet. They're proving Cinderella stories can come true.
This has long been one of my favorite Bordeauxs. It's a fifth-growth Pauillac that can perform like a first-growth, often offering pure, rich Cabernet fruit that's deeply concentrated. It's one of those wines I look for when dining out and want to drink a great bottle of Bordeaux.
Due to the Bordeaux hierarchy, it has never commanded prices anywhere near those of the first-growths, even as critics increasingly recognize its depth of character. Looking at James Molesworth's barrel reviews of 2010, Château Pontet-Canet is right there with Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Latour, all with projected ratings of 96-99 points.
This week, Pontet-Canet's futures price for its 2010 came out; it's being offered to consumers at a little under $200 a bottle, the highest price its ever asked, and it's still flying out the door.
Posted: June 10, 2011 By James Molesworth
Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth reports that Bordeaux first-growth Château Margaux has hired a new technical director, Thomas Dô-Chi-Nam, who is leaving Château Pichon-Longueville-Lalande after nearly 20 years there.
Posted: June 9, 2011 By James Molesworth
With VinExpo approaching—where the business side of the wine world meets before knocking off for summer vacation—what had been a rather sleepy en primeur campaign for the potentially tremendous 2010 vintage suddenly took on new life this week with the release of prices from a few top estates.
Both Châteaus Pontet-Canet (2010 barrel tasting score: 96-99 points) and Gruaud-Larose (93-96) released their 2010 pricing in what should spark many of their colleagues to follow suit. Château Pontet-Canet released its first tranche at 100 euros, a price owner Alfred Tesseron said he derived from the average of three tranches for his 2009, plus 8.3 percent. Château Gruaud-Larose also opened with its pricing and is now being offering at 61 euros by the trade, up from 50 euros for the 2009. The futures prices to U.S. consumers will increase as the wine moves through the distribution chain, with the exchange rate also playing a big role.
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Posted: May 31, 2011 By James Molesworth
Posted: May 31, 2011 By Suzanne Mustacich
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Posted: May 26, 2011 By Suzanne Mustacich
Posted: May 24, 2011 By James Molesworth
Though she doesn’t come to the U.S. as often as she did during her heyday running Pauillac’s famed Château Pichon Longueville Lalande, May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, who twice lived in Kansas when her husband, a French military officer, was stationed at Fort Leavenworth, still loves it when she does visit. "We were in the middle of the country, but far from everything," said de Lencquesaing, who stopped by the Wine Spectator office today. "So we traveled when we could, often to Napa to visit wineries." Her love of wine paid dividends when de Lencquesaing was eventually asked by her family to return to France and run the Bordeaux property, starting in 1978.
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Posted: April 8, 2011 By James Molesworth
After sifting through the 447 Bordeaux 2010 barrel samples I recently tasted, it seemed like a good idea to give some general thoughts on the vintage.
Right now, châteaus are still showing the wines to the press and trade, then they'll basically huddle up and determine pricing. Based on conversations with many château owners, Demand from the Asian market is not slowing down for the 2010s—with the exception of Japan, which is "not buying anything right now" according to one négociant I spoke with, for obvious reasons. Plus, as the U.S. economy slowly picks up steam, if would only seem to reason that demand for the top châteaus will increase here as well. So, with quality high and quantities slightly reduced in '10, I'd expect pricing to rival the levels of the '09s.
Posted: April 6, 2011 By James Molesworth
I'm back in the office this week, after spending two weeks visiting châteaus and blind-tasting a few hundred samples of the new 2010 vintage in Bordeaux. You can access all the tasting notes here; there will be an additional batch of notes posted today as well.
While my schedule was tight and I had little free time, I do actually prefer to dine alone. When I find something interesting, I pass it along here, so consider this an addition to my previous blog post on a few good dining spots when you're traveling through Bordeaux.
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