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News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

Alphabetical List of 2011 Red Bordeaux

Scores and full tasting notes for more than 380 barrel samples reviewed

Posted: April 10, 2012  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

2011 Red Bordeaux by Appellation

Scores and full tasting notes for more than 380 barrel samples reviewed, grouped by location

Posted: April 10, 2012  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

2011 Bordeaux Dessert Wines

Tasting notes and scores for 30 barrel samples

Posted: April 9, 2012  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

2011 White Bordeaux

Tasting notes and scores for 43 barrel samples

Posted: April 6, 2012  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Cape 'Cue for Champions Dinner at the Masters

Plus, a top Bordeaux consulting winemaker's secret hobby revealed, and flooding soaks Australia's vineyards

Posted: April 5, 2012  

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Finishing Up on the Right Bank

Cheval-Blanc tries out its new cellar and Troplong-Mondot has a contender with 2011, plus visits with Angélus and Pavie Macquin

Posted: April 5, 2012  By James Molesworth

The last of my Right Bank visits were spent at Château Cheval-Blanc (where I checked out the state-of-the-art new cellar as well as reviewed the stunning 2011 barrel sample from d'Yquem), Château Troplong-Mondot, Angélus and Pavie Macquin. Here are my reviews for Cheval-Blanc and Yquem, and notes on all the others.

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

2011 Top-Scoring Red Bordeaux

Tasting notes and scores for 45 wines that showed best as barrel samples

Posted: April 5, 2012  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The Right Stuff: Crossing the River into Pomerol

Today's itinerary includes Right Bank favorites Pétrus, Trotanoy, Le Pin, Vieux Château Certan and L'Église Clinet

Posted: April 4, 2012  By James Molesworth

Today I left the Médoc and headed across the river to Bordeaux's Right Bank, starting off in Pomerol to taste the 2011 vintage at Château Pétrus. The it was Alexandre Thienpont's wines at Vieux Château Certan, including Le Pin, followed by Christian Moueix's Trotanoy and much more. Finally, I previewed the 2011 lineup at L'Église-Clinet.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Rounding Out the Médoc

Some last stops on the Left Bank included St.-Estèphe's Montrose and Cos-d'Estournel, but first a visit to St.-Julien's Branaire-Ducru

Posted: April 3, 2012  By James Molesworth

Today I finished my Médoc visits to taste the 2011 Bordeaux barrel samples. Some last stops on the Left Bank included St.-Estèphe's Montrose and Cos-d'Estournel, but first a visit to St.-Julien's Branaire-Ducru. Here are my tasting notes for all three visits, with scores for Cos-d'Estournel.

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Mouton Worth Its Wait

Delaying the 2011 harvest to compensate for drought in Bordeaux paid off with a potentially classic Pauillac; d'Armailhac and Clerc Milon previews

Posted: April 2, 2012  By James Molesworth

The cellar renovation continues at Château Mouton-Rothschild, though under the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild's order, no one is allowed to see it until it is finished. The plan is to have it complete in time for VinExpo 2013.

In the meantime, director Philippe Dhalluin continues to put Mouton and its sister properties on a path to a distinctly pure profile. The 2009 here was distilled Cabernet essence, the 2010 a step ahead of that, and the 2011 an unqualified success for the vintage.

Here are my scores and tasting notes for the 2011 barrel samples at Mouton, plus a preview of Clerc Milon and d'Armailhac.

March 31, 2012 Issue  :  Features

No Longer Second Rate

Second wines offer a taste of a top château, at a fraction of the price

Posted: March 31, 2012  By James Molesworth

March 31, 2012 Issue  :  Features

Off the Radar

A baker’s dozen of estates show there’s much more to Bordeaux than the famous names

Posted: March 31, 2012  By James Molesworth

March 31, 2012 Issue  :  Features

Doubly Sweet

The 2009 Sauternes deliver quantity and quality, while dry whites also succeed

Posted: March 31, 2012  By James Molesworth

March 31, 2012 Issue  :  Alphabetical Listing

Alphabetical Guide to 2009 Bordeaux

Posted: March 31, 2012  

March 31, 2012 Issue  :  Features

Bordeaux Roars Back

Following the lean 2008 vintage, 2009 provides lush fruit and classic quality

Posted: March 31, 2012  By James Molesworth

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Getting Dynamic at Château Latour

Frédéric Engerer keeps standards high at Château Latour amid serious upgrades to the vineyards and cellar

Posted: March 30, 2012  By James Molesworth

Nothing stands still at Château Latour. There's a large pneumatic drill breaking up the ground in the courtyard, as the cellar needs expansion. With more than 60 acres added to the estate in the past seven years, the current cellar has reached its capacity. The always intense Frédéric Engerer said he finished his blends at the end of February. "So what you're tasting has been living together for four weeks, which is really the minimum to see how it will be," he said.

Here are my scores and tasting notes for the Château Latour Pauillac 2011 and Les Forts de Latour 2011.

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After the Storm, Lafite Has It Easy

The quick 2011 vinification at Bordeaux first-growth Château Lafite Rothschild went off without a hitch

Posted: March 29, 2012  By James Molesworth

Director Charles Chevalier was in a very good mood, catching the sun as he stood in the doorway of the tasting room at Lafite Rothschild. "It's like summer," he said with a wide grin. "But one problem. Very, very dry in the vineyards right now. We got no moisture in February or March." The hail that arrived on Sept. 1, 2011, cutting across southern St.-Estèphe, just skirted the edge of Duhart and Lafite's vineyards in Pauillac and had minimal effect on the production.

Here are my scores and tasting notes for the 2011 Château Lafite Rothschild barrel samples.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Down South in Médoc

Bordeaux Châteaus Margaux and Palmer met success despite a difficult 2011 growing season in the Médoc's southernmost appellation

Posted: March 28, 2012  By James Molesworth

Today I swung through Bordeaux's Margaux appellation to taste the 2011 reds and whites from barrel. He are my scores and tasting notes for the 2011s at first-growth Château Margaux and the esteemed Château Palmer. I also visited and tasted at Cantenac-Brown.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

First First-Growths First

Scores and tasting notes for the 2011 barrel samples of Haut-Brion and La Mission, plus a visit to Château La Garde

Posted: March 27, 2012  By James Molesworth

It seems fitting that my first full day in Bordeaux for the '11 en primeur, and I would start with the first first-growth, Haut-Brion, which is the oldest of the five famed Left Bank properties atop the 1855 Classification.

Tasting the 2011s here also provides the first opportunity to see the efforts at the former Terte-Daugay, the St.-Emilion property purchased in 2011 by Haut-Brion's owner and renamed Quintus. For general director Jean-Philippe Delmas, there will be a learning curve as he works on the right bank, where the limestone terroir is markedly different from the gravelly soils of Pessac.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sweet Arrival in Bordeaux

Back in Bordeaux to taste the 2011 barrel samples, my first stop was in Barsac at Château Climens

Posted: March 26, 2012  By James Molesworth

Well, I'm off to Bordeaux again, so you can expect the blog to heat up. I'll be tasting the 2011 vintage from barrel as the Bordelais gear up to offer their red, white and sweet wines to the trade later this spring and into the summer. I'll start with a week's worth of visits to nearly two dozen châteaus, including the first-growths, to get a feel for the vintage, before settling down the following week to work through a few hundred barrel samples from a broad swath of appellations and producers.

I figured I'd start in Sauternes, which makes my favorite wines in Bordeaux. After arriving in time for a restorative lunch (white asparagus now in season) I dropped off my bags and headed down to see Bérénice Lurton at Château Climens in Barsac.

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