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Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Where Will the Next Generation Take Bordeaux?

The challenges of the Millennial winemaker play out in sharp relief in this most traditional region

Posted: May 21, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell

The wine biz has spent several years now wringing its hands over What to Do About Millennials. Not so long ago, it was a received truth of this big, problematic, new generation of wine drinkers that they dismissed Bordeaux as an old man's game. But stop in at any Bordeaux walk-around tasting and it's immediately obvious that both sides of that formulation are wrongheaded today: More and more, what young Americans drink, young Frenchmen (and women) made. I asked a few of these young Bordelais what it's like trying to fit 2,000 years of tradition into our modern wine climate.

News & Features  :  News

Why Aren't 2012 Bordeaux Futures Selling?

Most châteaus lowered prices, but consumers don't think the wines are worth the investment

Posted: May 21, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell, Suzanne Mustacich

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Stop Whining About Bordeaux Futures

Consumers and wine merchants are complaining that château owners are charging too much. The real solution is to drink something else

Posted: May 16, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Like most wine regions, Bordeaux has an annual rhythm. When the grapes ripen, it's time for harvest, or vendange. After the wine ferments, they pour it into oak barrels for élevage. With February, blending, or assemblage, begins.

May brings another annual Bordeaux ritual. Sadly, I don't know the French word for whining.

News & Features  :  News

Lawsuit Threatens St.-Emilion Classification

Three châteaus accuse INAO committee members of rigging 2012 rankings

Posted: April 23, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich

Collecting  :  Collecting News

2012 Bordeaux Futures Release Chart

With the 2012 en primeur campaign underway in Bordeaux, we'll be posting new prices here as they are released

Posted: April 18, 2013  

News & Features  :  News

Bordeaux Futures Are Here. Is Anyone Buying?

Merchants, retailers and consumers all want lower prices; Lafite and Mouton are helping set the pace

Posted: April 16, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich, Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  News

China Cuts Back on Big-Buck Bordeaux

A government campaign against lavish spending has led wine drinkers to spend less

Posted: April 12, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

2012 Red Bordeaux by Appellation

Scores and full tasting notes for more than 350 barrel samples reviewed, grouped by location

Posted: April 9, 2013  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The 2012 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: Christian Moueix's Wines of Distinction

Despite excellent quality, the Moueix family is dropping prices on its lineup of 2012 Pomerols

Posted: April 8, 2013  By James Molesworth

Christian Moueix is a man of distinction. Reserved, serious, intelligent. And he crafts distinctive wines. His efforts to resurrect the renamed Bélair-Monange estate in St.-Emilion (recently merging it with Magdelaine) along with his flagship properties of Trotanoy and La Fleur-Pétrus in Pomerol, place him among the elite château owners in all of Bordeaux.

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

Alphabetical List of 2012 Red Bordeaux

Scores and full tasting notes for more than 350 barrel samples reviewed

Posted: April 8, 2013  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

2012 Bordeaux Dessert Wines

Tasting notes and scores for 23 barrel samples from Sauternes and Barsac

Posted: April 8, 2013  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

2012 White Bordeaux

Tasting notes and scores for 41 barrel samples of dry wines

Posted: April 5, 2013  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

An Early Look at 2012 Bordeaux

New reviews of 28 barrel samples from the 2012 Bordeaux vintage

Posted: April 5, 2013  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  News

Bordeaux's Château Figeac Is Not for Sale, Owners Declare

Frustrated by inconsistent quality, family owners appoint new management and hire consultant Michel Rolland

Posted: April 5, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The 2012 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: The Right Bank Has the Right Stuff

The Merlot-based wines of Cheval-Blanc, Pétrus, Vieux Château Certan and Le Pin met greater success than their Left Bank cousins in 2012

Posted: April 4, 2013  By James Molesworth

With Merlot the early favorite for lead variety in 2012, I was anxious to see what the Right Bank accomplished in this tricky vintage. Here, in Pomerol and St.-Emilion, Merlot plays the lead over Cabernet Sauvignon, with Cabernet Franc often an important player as well. With the vintage putting an emphasis on a short ripening window, does the Merlot-dominated Right Bank have an upper hand on the Left Bank and its later-ripening Cabernet?

I visited Pétrus, Cheval-Blanc, Vieux Château Certan and Le Pin to find out.

News & Features  :  Barrel Tasting

2012 Top-Scoring Red Bordeaux

Tasting notes and scores for 44 wines that showed best as barrel samples

Posted: April 3, 2013  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The 2012 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: The Cabernet Test Continues at Latour and Mouton

How did this pair of Pauillac's flagship first-growths perform in the difficult 2012 vintage?

Posted: April 3, 2013  By James Molesworth

The performance of Pauillac and its Cabernet-based first-growth reds remains the most important indicator of vintage quality for most Bordeaux fans, and today I continued my tour through the upper Médoc's Cabernet country to check out the 2012 vintage at Châteaus Latour and Mouton-Rothschild.

News & Features  :  News

Why Would Jean-Guillaume Prats Leave Château Cos-d'Estournel?

The longtime winery CEO says goodbye to Bordeaux and hello to the world

Posted: April 3, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The 2012 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: Aiming for First-Growth Quality in St.-Julien

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou avoided the pitfalls of a tricky vintage; selection was key in Pauillac for Lafite

Posted: April 2, 2013  By James Molesworth

For most people Bordeaux is red wine (despite some superb whites). And within that rubric, for most people, Bordeaux means Cabernet Sauvignon (despite plenty of superb Merlot and Cabernet Franc). So for many people, the real test of a vintage in Bordeaux is how did the Cabernet of the upper Médoc do? Today, to start to answer that question, I began my visits in St.-Julien and Pauillac, Châteaus Ducru-Beaucaillou and Lafite Rothschild.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The 2012 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: Margaux Headliners and Other Acts to Watch

Terroir was key for first-growth Margaux and Château Palmer in the tough 2012 vintage

Posted: April 1, 2013  By James Molesworth

After two days in Bordeaux's Pessac-Léognan, where I visited some châteaus with bright futures in addition to the venerable Châteaus Haut-Brion and La Mission, I headed into the Médoc's Margaux appellation, home to first-growth Château Margaux, the highly regarded third-growth Palmer and the exciting Monbrison, Siran, Giscours and du Tertre.

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