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Suckling Samples 2005: Let the Tasting Begin

Evaluating wine from a barrel can be tricky. James Suckling describes the quality parameters he looks for as he kicks off his extensive tasting of Bordeaux's '05 vintage during the en primeur period.

Posted: March 28, 2006  

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Bordeaux Basics

Posted: March 28, 2006  

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Buying Futures

Posted: March 28, 2006  

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Throw the Record Books Away

Posted: March 28, 2006  By James Suckling

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The 1855 Classification

Posted: March 28, 2006  

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The Grapes of Bordeaux

Posted: March 28, 2006  

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Modern ABCs of Bordeaux

Posted: March 28, 2006  By James Suckling

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Map of Bordeaux

Posted: March 28, 2006  

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All Cream, No Milk?

Posted: March 27, 2006  By James Suckling

I am in the process of tasting a range of Right Bank wines--from unknown names to stars--in a blind tasting this morning in my hotel, and the quality level is incredibly high. Everything seems to be starting at 89 to 91 points--very good to outstanding.

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Out of the Woodwork

Posted: March 26, 2006  By James Suckling

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Palm Readings

Posted: March 26, 2006  By James Suckling

I am looking at my hands this morning after blind tasting about 40 wines from the Right Bank at my hotel Les Sources de Caudalie. My fingers on my right hand, with which I hold my Riedel tasting glass, are stained purple.

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Sticky Alert!

Posted: March 25, 2006  By James Suckling

I just tasted 10 Sauternes. And I nearly fell out of my chair. It looks like something very good. I have heard the 2005 vintage compared with 1988, which was excellent. I have heard 2001, which was the bomb.

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Let the Genie Free

Posted: March 25, 2006  By James Suckling

Tasting barrel samples can be a bitch. I started off today tasting dozens of Right Bank wines, and they all didn’t taste right. It’s wasn’t that they tasted bad, but they tasted a bit flat. They were sort of like listening to some great music on a bad stereo.

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Quote of the Day

Posted: March 24, 2006  By James Suckling

Me at 9:30 a.m. at Calon-Segur with Denise Capbern-Gasqueton, the 70ish owner of the well-known St.-Estèphe estate. Jo Cooke, my colleague, said she reminded him of his grandmother! “It is really balanced,” she said, tasting the 2005 Calon herself.

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The Freedom of 2005

Posted: March 24, 2006  By James Suckling

One point that all Bordeaux wine producers have been emphasizing to me is that the great 2005 vintage is a year when all the appellations show their distinct style, or character. The reds from St.-Estèphe have racy tannins and spicy character.

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Quote of the Day

Posted: March 23, 2006  By James Suckling

Me talking with Jean-Michel Cazes, the owner of Lynch-Bages and a number of other châteaus, about the quality of 2005. He has been making excellent wines for decades now. “Everyone is talking about 2005 as if it is another 1982,” I said.

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Médoc Madness

Posted: March 23, 2006  By James Suckling

Just got back from restasting the three first growths in Pauillac, and I noticed that I have a big spot of purple wine on my beige cords. Good lucking getting that out in the wash! I may as well throw them out now! It was sloppy spitting in the cellar of Mouton.

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Tradition and Innovation with Corrine Mentzelopoulos

Corinne Mentzelopoulos reflects on the roles of tradition and innovation at her winery Château Margaux, which is one of the top producers in Bordeaux.

Posted: March 23, 2006  

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What a Job....

Posted: March 22, 2006  By James Suckling

I am sitting here tasting a range of 2005s from crus bourgeois to crus classés in a blind tasting at my hotel in Pauillac, and it makes me think about what I do. This is what makes being a wine critic a joy – tasting great wines.

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Quote of the Day

Posted: March 22, 2006  By James Suckling

Me having lunch with Bruno Borie, owner of Ducru-Beaucaillou, in his kitchen and discussing the potentially outrageous demand and high prices for 2005 Bordeaux. “I guess prices are going to be high for 2005,” I said.

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