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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.

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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.

News & Features  :  News

Two St.-Emilion Estates Strike a Deal

Château Larmande purchases neighboring Grand Faurie La Rose

Posted: April 13, 2006  By Jo Cooke

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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.

Video  :  Video Index

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  

Video  :  Video Index

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  

Video  :  Video Index

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  

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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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Who's on Second?

Posted: April 1, 2006  By James Suckling

I left Bordeaux and went to Basel for the annual watch show – I also write about watches but I don’t rate them – and I had dinner with some friends on Friday night in a Chinese restaurant. We had a couple of bottles of Bordeaux – Les Pagodes de Cos and Leoville Barton 2001.

March 31, 2006 Issue  :  Features

Armed With Charm

Stephan von Neipperg is one of the Right Bank's most successful—and controversial—figures

Posted: March 31, 2006  By Bruce Schoenfeld

March 31, 2006 Issue  :  Columns

A Great Vintage for Bordeaux

Posted: March 31, 2006  By Marvin R. Shanken, Thomas Matthews

March 31, 2006 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Brave New World

The 2003 Bordeaux vintage is opulent, exciting and expensive

Posted: March 31, 2006  By James Suckling

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

Full Alphabetical List of Red Bordeaux

Posted: March 31, 2006  

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The Big Event

Posted: March 30, 2006  By James Suckling

One of my last stops in my 2005 Bordeaux wine tour today was L’Eglise Clinet, the highly rated Pomerol estate. The owner, Denis Durantou, was standing just inside the door of his small winery waiting for me.

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

Bordeaux's Beautiful Baby

A tasting of more than 600 wines makes it clear—the 2005 vintage is a classic

Posted: March 30, 2006  By James Suckling

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

Red Bordeaux by Appellation

Posted: March 30, 2006  

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

Top-Scoring Red Bordeaux

Posted: March 30, 2006  

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Behind the Golden Veil

Posted: March 29, 2006  By James Suckling

I was tasting some great wines from the Right Bank yesterday, including Pétrus, Cheval-Blanc, Le Pin, Vieux Château Certan and Ausone, and I ran into a grower I know from Graves, and he reminded me of some sad truths about Bordeaux at the moment.

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Quote of the Day

Posted: March 29, 2006  By James Suckling

Me at lunch with Fabien Teitgen, technical director of Smith-Haut-Lafitte, discussing why some people seem to be upset that I am writing so positively about the 2005 vintage – especially after all the positive words for 2000 and 2003.

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