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Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The 2013 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: The Future Is Now at Montrose

A brand-new chai and attention to detail in the vineyards at Montrose have this estate purring; Léoville Las Cases remains elite in St.-Julien

Posted: March 27, 2014  By James Molesworth

I began my third day of 2013 Bordeaux barrel tasting visits at Châteaus Montrose and Léoville Las Cases. Here are my notes.

News & Features  :  News

Pontet-Canet Kicks Off Bordeaux Futures Campaign Early

Médoc fifth-growth holds price steady from last year, but will it move a challenging vintage?

Posted: March 27, 2014  By Suzanne Mustacich

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The 2013 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: Bringing Biodynamics to Palmer, Cautiously

Thomas Duroux puts quality ahead of his romantic vision for Château Palmer

Posted: March 26, 2014  By James Molesworth

I finished my second day of 2013 Bordeaux barrel tasting visits at Châteaus Palmer and Beau-Séjour-Bécot. Here are my notes.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The 2013 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: An Early Candidate for Wine of the Vintage

Château Haut-Brion might have one of the best red Bordeauxs of 2013, but the white is the real stunner

Posted: March 25, 2014  By James Molesworth

I started my day at Domaine Clarence Dillon to taste the 2013s from first-growth Château Haut-Brion and its sister, La Mission Haut-Brion, as well as from Quintus. Haut-Brion may have made one of the best red wines of the vintage, but the real star in 2013 is the white.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The 2013 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: To Margaux, on the Double

With no time to waste, I headed straight for Château Margaux when I arrived in Bordeaux, followed by a visit to Haut-Bailly

Posted: March 24, 2014  By James Molesworth

Plane, train, automobile. Got to Bordeaux on time, dropped my bags at the hotel and drove up to Château Margaux for the first of my 2013 Bordeaux barrel visits, followed by a stop at Château Haut-Bailly. Time is the world's most precious commodity, and I hate to waste it.

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

2013 Bordeaux Barrel Tasting

How did France's famed region fare in 2013? James Molesworth is tasting barrel samples in Bordeaux to find out. Follow along with his tasting notes and daily blogs

Posted: March 24, 2014  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Struggling Bordelais Take to the Streets

Plus, drought-stricken California vintners turn to the divining rod, and a new Cape wine auction raises $644,000 for charity

Posted: March 20, 2014  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Slings and Arrows in Bordeaux

Another lawsuit erupts out of the controversial St.-Emilion classification. Plus, do older drinkers get drunk faster?

Posted: March 13, 2014  

News & Features  :  News

Latour Owner Buys Sizable Stake of Three Right Bank Wineries

Francois Pinault's Artemis Group purchases large minority stake in Château Siaurac & Co.

Posted: March 7, 2014  By Suzanne Mustacich, James Molesworth

News & Features  :  News

Moving Forward After Tragedy in Bordeaux

Chinese billionaire's body is found two months after helicopter crash; widow moving forward with plans for château he bought

Posted: February 28, 2014  By Suzanne Mustacich

Feb. 28, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Rueda, Vermentino, White Bordeaux

Posted: February 28, 2014  By Thomas Matthews

Feb. 28, 2014 Issue  :  News

In Brief: Château Mouton-Rothschild Artistic License, Who Really Owns Downton Abbey Wines and Wine Spectator Grand Tasting Ticket Winner

Posted: February 28, 2014  By Robert Taylor, Kasey Carpenter

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Bordeaux LaFight Club: Lafite vs. Lafitte

Plus, Texas wine pioneer Doc McPherson dies, vintners aid Washington State University's Wine Science Center and more

Posted: February 13, 2014  

News & Features  :  News

French Police Bust Massive Wine-Theft Ring

Armed gendarmes sweep up 20 suspects in gang that allegedly stole high-priced Bordeaux

Posted: February 11, 2014  By Suzanne Mustacich

Blogs  :  Robert Camuto: Letter from Europe

Après-Yquem: Not Down for the Count

Alexandre de Lur Saluces has brought his exacting Sauternes methods to another family estate

Posted: February 10, 2014  By Robert Camuto

Ten years ago, when the board of Château d'Yquem fired him, president and former owner Count Alexandre de Lur Saluces was expected to fade into the Sauternes sunset.

Instead, Lur Saluces picked himself up off the mat. The 80-year-old aristocrat continues making great Sauternes a few miles away at his Château de Fargues. Here, since 2005, he has produced seven wines in the outstanding range or better by Wine Spectator. The most recently released, 2009 (97 points), sold for $170.

Not bad for a man who doesn't even consider himself a winemaker.

News & Features  :  News

Silvio Denz Purchases Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey in Sauternes

St.-Emilion-based château owner looks to increase dry white production

Posted: February 4, 2014  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

17 Bordeaux Values from the 2011 Vintage

New reviews of Left and Right Bank reds for $30 or less

Posted: January 24, 2014  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Using Tragedy to Spread Ignorance in Bordeaux

A Chinese businessman's death in Bordeaux was bad enough; now someone wants to use it to scare away foreign château buyers

Posted: January 14, 2014  By Mitch Frank

Chinese businessman Lam Kok's deal to fulfill his dream of owning a Bordeaux château with the purchase of Château La Rivière turned tragic when he and la Rivière's former owner died in a helicopter crash.

Now someone has decided to take advantage of the tragedy. A group calling itself the Agricultural Action Committee has sent a letter to a local newspaper and numerous real-estate agents, claiming that Gregoire "paid with his life for selling the vineyard to a foreign buyer exactly 10 days after we had warned him not to."

News & Features  :  News

Bordeaux Château Sale Turns Tragic with Helicopter Crash

New and old owners of Château La Rivière presumed dead as aircraft goes down during aerial tour

Posted: December 23, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  News

China Buys Big in Bordeaux Wineries

2013 saw a wave of Chinese investment in Bordeaux, and bigger deals may be on the horizon

Posted: December 20, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich

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