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News & Features  :  Wine in History

The Prince of Vines

The story of the man who owned and guided Lafite, Latour, Mouton and many other top estates into the dawn of modern Bordeaux

Posted: May 24, 2012  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  News

Bordeaux Futures Hit the Market, But Is Anyone Buying?

Latour, Mouton-Rothschild and Cheval-Blanc release to mixed reaction; wineries struggle with pricing

Posted: May 15, 2012  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

What Does Bordeaux Have to Do?

Château Troplong-Mondot's Margaux Pariente raises the perplexing question, and a few American wine industry pros try to answer

Posted: May 3, 2012  By James Molesworth

I sat down with Margaux Pariente in my office yesterday. The newest generation to work at her family's Château Troplong-Mondot in Bordeaux's St.-Emilion, Pariente is relatively new to the wine business, young, energetic and passionate about her wine. She was in New York to work the market a little bit and she admitted finding the reaction to Bordeaux a little surprising.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

Souvenirs of 1986

Château Cos-d’Estournel St.-Estèphe 1986

Posted: April 30, 2012  By Thomas Matthews

April 30, 2012 Issue  :  News

Has Bordeaux’s Bubble Burst?

Posted: April 30, 2012  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  News

Bordeaux's André Lurton Takes on a Partner

Leading French bank takes a sizable stake in seven châteaus, helping secure future of the properties

Posted: April 20, 2012  By Suzanne Mustacich

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

No Futures in Latour's Future

Bordeaux first-growth Château Latour won't sell futures after 2011, but the rest of Bordeaux is unlikely to follow

Posted: April 18, 2012  By James Laube

For the longest time, Bordeaux has been the envy of most vintners everywhere.

Its wines have history, tradition and prestige and are often in great demand. The top classified-growths produce thousands of cases that command top-rung prices. Most of the elite wines are sold before they're even bottled. As a business model, it has few peers.

Yet apparently it's not perfect. Last week, Château Latour announced it would abandon the long-time tradition of selling wine futures, a move that sent shock waves through the Bordelais wine trade, primarily because of Latour's status.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Visit to Vignobles Gonet-Médeville

From Margaux to Sauternes, a young couple produces a string of off-the-radar wines

Posted: April 18, 2012  By James Molesworth

During my two-week run through Bordeaux to taste the newly released 2011 Bordeaux barrel samples, I had the opportunity to stop in at Vignobles Gonet-Médeville, the multi-property winery owned and run by the husband-and-wife team of Xavier Gonet and Julie Gonet-Médeville. The highlights here included a vertical of Château Gilette Sauternes Crème de Tête dessert wines going back to 1949, including the 99-point 1967. Here are my notes.

News & Features  :  News

Château Lafite Rothschild Releases Its 2011 Price

The Bordeaux first-growth cuts prices, but the market remains quiet; Cos-d'Estournel follows suit with 50 percent drop

Posted: April 17, 2012  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  News

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.

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