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Rolland, part 2: Tasting Château Le Bon-Pasteur

Le Bon-Pasteur is Rolland's family estate in Bordeaux. Join Michel Rolland and James Suckling as they compare notes on the '05 vintage.

Posted: May 25, 2006  

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

And The Winner of the Paris Tasting 2006 Is...

Posted: May 24, 2006  By James Laube

Ridge Monte Bello 1971. It won first place at both the Napa and London tastings staged today. In second place was Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973, which was the big winner the first time the comparative tasting of Cabernet-based wines from Bordeaux and California was held in Paris in 1976.

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Rolland, part 1: Blending Experience with Passion

What does a consulting winemaker do? Michel Rolland can be described as influential, controversial, passionate and extremely busy. James Suckling, Wine Spectator senior editor, caught up with Michel to find out more about how he does his job.

Posted: May 24, 2006  

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Latour 2005: Great Vintage, Great Terroir

But what made this dream vintage frustrating? Frederic Engerer, the president of Chåteau Latour, talks with Dana Nigro.

Posted: May 24, 2006  

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Pichon-Lalande and Hermès Explore an Alliance

Bordeaux second-growth is in negotiations with the fashion dynasty

Posted: May 10, 2006  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Family Goodbyes at Montrose and Pichon-Lalande

Posted: May 6, 2006  By James Suckling

LOS ANGELES – I had dinner last night at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant Chinoise on Main for a vertical tasting of Trimbach Clos Ste.-Hune and Cuvée Frederic Emile. As good as the wines were, the most impressive part of the tasting was a short conversation I had with Jean-Michel Cazes of Château Lynch-Bages.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

No Faith or Fed Up?

Posted: May 2, 2006  By James Suckling

ROME -- I am boarding a plane from Rome to New York for the Wine Spectator Grand Tour tonight, and I just read James Hannan’s remark about Bordeaux. I am scratching my head a bit. I have the same idea about how Bordeaux represents relatively good value, even many of the top wines, and it doesn’t seem that many people understand this.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

"Where Are We Going" with 1988 Latour?

Posted: April 30, 2006  By James Suckling

VENICE – Woke up this morning to cold and wet weather that resembled winter. What happened to the spring? I am surprised I haven’t caught a cold. I got back to the apartment I was renting at about 1:30 a.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Stupidity, Greed or Does It Matter?

Posted: April 28, 2006  By James Suckling

The European wine trade has been talking a lot about the massive price increase for the 2005 wine from St. Emilion estate of Quinault L'Enclos. I am not sure what price it was sold to the Bordeaux wine trade, but in England it appears to be going for about 250 Sterling a case, or $450.

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Tasting Highlights: 2002 Sauternes

An overlooked vintage delivers some delicious dessert wines

Posted: April 26, 2006  By Jo Cooke

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Words on 2005 Bordeaux

Posted: April 20, 2006  By James Suckling

Spoke to Christian Moueix on the telephone this afternoon. His family is the powerhouse in Right Bank Bordeaux wines, controlling such great names as Pétrus, Lafleur Petrus, Trotanoy and Magdelaine--among others.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Birthday Bottle

Posted: April 19, 2006  By James Suckling

I just finished lunch at the restaurant below my house in Il Borro. It was the birthday of my colleague Jo Cooke, and I decided to try to find something special in my cellar to drink with him. I knew that Jo was a big fan of Léoville Las Cases.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Bordeaux Tales I

Posted: April 13, 2006  By James Suckling

Went to a friend’s house for dinner a couple of nights ago and brought some leftover, half-full bottle samples of 2003 Bordeaux. I did a blind tasting in my office in Tuscany of these wines. They were latecomers because some, such as Pavie, were not in bottle yet for my tasting late last year, and others simply weren’t available.

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Two St.-Emilion Estates Strike a Deal

Château Larmande purchases neighboring Grand Faurie La Rose

Posted: April 13, 2006  By Jo Cooke

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

When It's Not For Consumption

Posted: April 11, 2006  By James Suckling

I don’t see too many first-growth investors on my blog…. Good thing. But the fact is that there are many out there. My friend in Hong Kong has customers who have bought 25 cases of 1982, or 30 cases of 1990 Latour.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

First Growth Question

Posted: April 10, 2006  By James Suckling

Do you, family or friends ever drink first-growth Bordeaux? Got in a long conversation last night at dinner with a wine merchant friend from Hong Kong, and he said that first growths were primarily for investment and that few people ever drink the stuff – especially young vintages.

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Suckling Samples 2005: Sauternes

Sip a noteworthy Sauternes barrel sample with James Suckling and learn about Bordeaux's luscious sweet wines and the makings of an outstanding vintage in Sauternes.

Posted: April 10, 2006  

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Suckling Samples 2005: Petit Château

Discover the great value offered by smaller properties as James Suckling tastes a barrel sample from a notable petit château. This video is the fourth in the series that was shot just before the official en primeur period in the spring of 2006.

Posted: April 7, 2006  

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Sucking Samples 2005: Right Bank

Head over to the Right Bank to preview vintage character in the famous appellations of St.-Emilion and Pomerol. This video is the third in a series of five in which James Suckling discusses barrel samples from the 2005 vintage.

Posted: April 6, 2006  

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked


Posted: April 1, 2006  By James Suckling

I wasn’t going to blog this but I have decided to unveil what may be the most exciting news to come out of Bordeaux for a long time. While I was tasting in the cellars of Chateau Latour, I came across a barrel that was marked “reserve de patron” – which is basically the reserve of the owner.

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