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Château Latour Abandons Futures System

As the château gains more control over sales, will it hurt the rest of Bordeaux?

Posted: April 16, 2012  By James Molesworth, Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  News

Bordeaux Châteaus Say They'll Lower Prices, But How Much?

After Americans passed on the 2010s, the first-growths are hinting that they'll drop prices substantially

Posted: April 10, 2012  By Suzanne Mustacich

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Reflecting on 2011 Bordeaux, and Speculating on Prices

The Bordelais have a great chance to cut prices and win back American consumers. Will they take it?

Posted: April 10, 2012  By James Molesworth

It's been a busy two weeks, covering a lot of ground while visiting more than two dozen estates and then tasting over 400 barrel samples of Bordeaux's newest vintage. The 2011 vintage is shaping up as one of freshness and purity for the region's reds, with brighter acidity and markedly lower alcohol than 2009 and 2010, two highly touted vintages. 2011 won't be a classic vin de garde year by any stretch.

For now, the question everyone is asking is, "What about prices?" The 2011 vintage is good, but not great.

But what a golden opportunity the 2011 vintage presents for Bordeaux. The opportunity isn't for consumers to snap up values. Rather, it's for Bordeaux to reposition itself. To win some hearts and minds back.

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

Alphabetical List of 2011 Red Bordeaux

Scores and full tasting notes for more than 380 barrel samples reviewed

Posted: April 10, 2012  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

2011 Red Bordeaux by Appellation

Scores and full tasting notes for more than 380 barrel samples reviewed, grouped by location

Posted: April 10, 2012  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

2011 Bordeaux Dessert Wines

Tasting notes and scores for 30 barrel samples

Posted: April 9, 2012  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

2011 White Bordeaux

Tasting notes and scores for 43 barrel samples

Posted: April 6, 2012  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Cape 'Cue for Champions Dinner at the Masters

Plus, a top Bordeaux consulting winemaker's secret hobby revealed, and flooding soaks Australia's vineyards

Posted: April 5, 2012  

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Finishing Up on the Right Bank

Cheval-Blanc tries out its new cellar and Troplong-Mondot has a contender with 2011, plus visits with Angélus and Pavie Macquin

Posted: April 5, 2012  By James Molesworth

The last of my Right Bank visits were spent at Château Cheval-Blanc (where I checked out the state-of-the-art new cellar as well as reviewed the stunning 2011 barrel sample from d'Yquem), Château Troplong-Mondot, Angélus and Pavie Macquin. Here are my reviews for Cheval-Blanc and Yquem, and notes on all the others.

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

2011 Top-Scoring Red Bordeaux

Tasting notes and scores for 45 wines that showed best as barrel samples

Posted: April 5, 2012  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The Right Stuff: Crossing the River into Pomerol

Today's itinerary includes Right Bank favorites Pétrus, Trotanoy, Le Pin, Vieux Château Certan and L'Église Clinet

Posted: April 4, 2012  By James Molesworth

Today I left the Médoc and headed across the river to Bordeaux's Right Bank, starting off in Pomerol to taste the 2011 vintage at Château Pétrus. The it was Alexandre Thienpont's wines at Vieux Château Certan, including Le Pin, followed by Christian Moueix's Trotanoy and much more. Finally, I previewed the 2011 lineup at L'Église-Clinet.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Rounding Out the Médoc

Some last stops on the Left Bank included St.-Estèphe's Montrose and Cos-d'Estournel, but first a visit to St.-Julien's Branaire-Ducru

Posted: April 3, 2012  By James Molesworth

Today I finished my Médoc visits to taste the 2011 Bordeaux barrel samples. Some last stops on the Left Bank included St.-Estèphe's Montrose and Cos-d'Estournel, but first a visit to St.-Julien's Branaire-Ducru. Here are my tasting notes for all three visits, with scores for Cos-d'Estournel.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Mouton Worth Its Wait

Delaying the 2011 harvest to compensate for drought in Bordeaux paid off with a potentially classic Pauillac; d'Armailhac and Clerc Milon previews

Posted: April 2, 2012  By James Molesworth

The cellar renovation continues at Château Mouton-Rothschild, though under the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild's order, no one is allowed to see it until it is finished. The plan is to have it complete in time for VinExpo 2013.

In the meantime, director Philippe Dhalluin continues to put Mouton and its sister properties on a path to a distinctly pure profile. The 2009 here was distilled Cabernet essence, the 2010 a step ahead of that, and the 2011 an unqualified success for the vintage.

Here are my scores and tasting notes for the 2011 barrel samples at Mouton, plus a preview of Clerc Milon and d'Armailhac.

March 31, 2012 Issue  :  Features

No Longer Second Rate

Second wines offer a taste of a top château, at a fraction of the price

Posted: March 31, 2012  By James Molesworth

March 31, 2012 Issue  :  Features

Off the Radar

A baker’s dozen of estates show there’s much more to Bordeaux than the famous names

Posted: March 31, 2012  By James Molesworth

March 31, 2012 Issue  :  Features

Doubly Sweet

The 2009 Sauternes deliver quantity and quality, while dry whites also succeed

Posted: March 31, 2012  By James Molesworth

March 31, 2012 Issue  :  Alphabetical Listing

Alphabetical Guide to 2009 Bordeaux

Posted: March 31, 2012  

March 31, 2012 Issue  :  Features

Bordeaux Roars Back

Following the lean 2008 vintage, 2009 provides lush fruit and classic quality

Posted: March 31, 2012  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Getting Dynamic at Château Latour

Frédéric Engerer keeps standards high at Château Latour amid serious upgrades to the vineyards and cellar

Posted: March 30, 2012  By James Molesworth

Nothing stands still at Château Latour. There's a large pneumatic drill breaking up the ground in the courtyard, as the cellar needs expansion. With more than 60 acres added to the estate in the past seven years, the current cellar has reached its capacity. The always intense Frédéric Engerer said he finished his blends at the end of February. "So what you're tasting has been living together for four weeks, which is really the minimum to see how it will be," he said.

Here are my scores and tasting notes for the Château Latour Pauillac 2011 and Les Forts de Latour 2011.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

After the Storm, Lafite Has It Easy

The quick 2011 vinification at Bordeaux first-growth Château Lafite Rothschild went off without a hitch

Posted: March 29, 2012  By James Molesworth

Director Charles Chevalier was in a very good mood, catching the sun as he stood in the doorway of the tasting room at Lafite Rothschild. "It's like summer," he said with a wide grin. "But one problem. Very, very dry in the vineyards right now. We got no moisture in February or March." The hail that arrived on Sept. 1, 2011, cutting across southern St.-Estèphe, just skirted the edge of Duhart and Lafite's vineyards in Pauillac and had minimal effect on the production.

Here are my scores and tasting notes for the 2011 Château Lafite Rothschild barrel samples.

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