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Posted: May 25, 2006
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.
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
Posted: May 24, 2006
Posted: May 10, 2006 By Mitch Frank
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted: April 26, 2006 By Jo Cooke
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.
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.
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.
Posted: April 13, 2006 By Jo Cooke
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.
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.
Posted: April 10, 2006
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
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
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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