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The Bordeaux Diary: Pruning with Moueix and Spelunking with Count von Neipperg

A vine-trimming lesson from Christian Moueix at Trotanoy followed by some cave exploration with Comte Stephan von Neipperg

Posted: December 19, 2012  By James Molesworth

On yet another of Bordeaux's raw, rainy days featuring a knifing wind, Christian Moueix wanted to show me his latest acquisition, a stunning 4.68-acre parcel located right in front of the famed cellar of Le Pin in Pomerol. Later that day, I headed over to meet with Comtes Stephan von Neipperg, owner of châteaus Canon-La Gaffelière, La Mondotte and several others on the Right Bank.

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Yquem Will Not Produce 2012 Sauternes

Rain ruined harvest for top property; neighbors argue that buyers should not dismiss vintage

Posted: December 17, 2012  By Suzanne Mustacich

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The Bordeaux Diary: Back to Terra Firma, With a Stop in Fronsac

World-renowned consulting enologist Michel Rolland and his wife, Dany, call Château Fontenil home

Posted: December 17, 2012  By James Molesworth

Finally, after 11 straight days of all-day tasting, it was time to get some fresh air. I slammed my laptop closed to punctuate the end of the tasting, put on my vineyard shoes (it's rained steadily since I've been here and the vineyards are muddy) and headed over to Fronsac to get back in touch with terra firma. After all that, my first stop is Fronsac, you ask? Not a first-growth or Sauternes estate?

With 2,000 acres of vines and 71 producers, Fronsac is just a blip in the overall scheme of Bordeaux. It pales in size and reputation to its cross-river neighbor St.-Emilion, for example, and the wines are often overlooked by the marketplace. But there must be something to Fronsac, if Michel and Dany Rolland call it home.

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The Bordeaux Diary: The End of a Marathon

Pessac and St.-Estèphe round out my Left Bank 2010 Red Bordeaux tastings before finishing with the sweet wines of Sauternes

Posted: December 13, 2012  By James Molesworth

I spent the last few days of my 2010 Bordeaux tasting by working through the reds of St.-Estèphe and then Pessac.

The reds from Pessac, with their typically tarry spine and sometimes wild notes of tobacco and ash, were a standout group, with the fruit showing the extra amplitude of the vintage and the structure evident but well-integrated. Branon turned in a very strong showing, as did some of the usual suspects. There really were no disappointments.

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The Bordeaux Diary: The Back Stretch of a Long Race

After confirming initial impressions of the 2010 Bordeaux vintage on the Right Bank, I'm working my way through Margaux, Pauillac, St.-Julien and more

Posted: December 10, 2012  By James Molesworth

I'm getting into the meat of my 2010 Bordeaux tasting now, having worked through the Right Bank wines of St.-Emilion (which takes two full days), Pomerol and their various satellite appellations. As mentioned briefly in my last blog, the wines are showing very, very well.

I have started in on the Left Bank now, tasting wines from the Médoc, Graves and Margaux. The highlights so far, though, have come from Pauillac and St.-Julien.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

16 Impressive Red Bordeaux

New reviews of lesser-known Cabernet- and Merlot-based reds from Bordeaux's potentially classic 2010 vintage

Posted: December 7, 2012  By James Molesworth

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Roederer Sells Bordeaux's Château Bernadotte to Asian Drinks Firm

Champagne house wants to focus on three Bordeaux properties, buyer King Power wants to expand

Posted: December 6, 2012  By Suzanne Mustacich

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The Bordeaux Diary: Settling In

With about 700 wines to taste and two weeks to taste them, I hit the ground running in Bordeaux

Posted: December 5, 2012  By James Molesworth

I arrived as scheduled in Bordeaux - just on time for lunch. I like to plan things like that...

My annual in-bottle Bordeaux tasting is easily the biggest and longest single tasting I do. When in my New York office, I taste every day, but perhaps only 20 or 30 wines a day. When I travel in the Rhône, I may taste dozens of barrel samples in a day, but I'm not writing formal notes or reviewing those wines, since they are unfinished, sometimes just lots of pre-blends, and not tasted blind. That makes the Bordeaux tasting unique.

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The 2010 Bordeaux Vintage Awaits

The 2010 Bordeaux barrel samples earned the vintage a potentially classic rating. It's time to see if they live up to the hype

Posted: December 3, 2012  By James Molesworth

It's that time again: I'm heading across the pond to taste Bordeaux's most recently bottled vintage. This time around, it's the vaunted 2010, a vintage that wound up surpassing 2009 to claim the mantle of most expensive en primeur vintage ever. Now the question is, will the 2010 wines surpass 2009 qualitatively?

I'm excited to taste the wines for a few reasons. First, 2010 was the first vintage I tasted en primeur, after assuming coverage of Bordeaux in August 2010. So, it's the first time I'll be able to measure my impressions of the bottled wines against the ranges I gave them as young barrel samples.

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Bordeaux's Haut-Brion Buys Neighbor

Domaine Allary Haut-Brion was a longtime source of grapes for the first-growth

Posted: November 12, 2012  By Suzanne Mustacich, James Molesworth

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Sylvie Cazes Leaves Pichon Lalande

GM departs Bordeaux second-growth in a surprising move; no word on replacement

Posted: November 6, 2012  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

New Bubbly Bars for Sir Winston and Jay-Z

Plus, Sauternes' Château d'Yquem builds a swanky new cellar, and Pennsylvania shuts down wine stores on the day people need them most

Posted: November 1, 2012  

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2012 New World Wine Experience: Wine Star Château Margaux

Corinne Mentzelopoulos on tradition, the future and the atypical 2003 vintage at the Bordeaux first-growth

Posted: October 24, 2012  By Alison Napjus

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2012 New World Wine Experience: Naked Terroir and Biodynamic Wines

Four vintners profess their reasons for faith in a still little-understood farming philosophy

Posted: October 23, 2012  By Dana Nigro

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Magrez Buys Clos Haut-Peyraguey in Sauternes

Ambitious Bordelais believes demand for Sauternes in Asia justifies move

Posted: October 23, 2012  By Suzanne Mustacich

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2012 New World Wine Experience: Wine Star Château d'Yquem

Pierre Lurton shares an example of greatness from Sauternes

Posted: October 22, 2012  By Mitch Frank

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Jean-Guillaume Prats Leaves Cos-d'Estournel for Moët-Hennessy

Château Cos-d’Estournel CEO will take the reins of Estates and Wines, a global collection of wineries

Posted: October 16, 2012  By Suzanne Mustacich

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Jean Guyon Buys Château Greysac

A top producer of cru bourgeois wines buys one of Bordeaux's most recognized value labels

Posted: October 11, 2012  By James Molesworth

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An American Betts on Bordeaux

Sommelier-turned-winemaker Richard Betts' latest project is a Bordeaux collaboration with François Thienpont

Posted: October 1, 2012  By James Molesworth

I caught up with Richard Betts the other day. Betts, the former sommelier at the Grand Award–winning Montagna at the Little Nell in Aspen, former partner in the Betts & Scholl brand which made Rhône and Aussie wines, current mezcal producer with his own Sombra label, general all-around hipster … And what's he doing now? Making Bordeaux.

Here are my notes on the first two releases of St.-Glinglin, Betts' collaborative effort with François Thienpont.

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A Sit-Down with Bordeaux's Aline Baly

The family behind Château Coutet releases their first dry white

Posted: September 26, 2012  By James Molesworth

I sat down with Aline Baly, whose family owns Château Coutet in Barsac, here at my office today. The estate has made its first dry white, which debuts with the 2010 vintage. Here are my notes on the debut vintage.

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