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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

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Between Blind Tastings, Médoc Detours

Into the Médoc for tastings at Domaine Andron, Château Calon-Ségur and Malescot-St.-Exupéry

Posted: December 17, 2013  By James Molesworth

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth is back in France visiting châteaus in Bordeaux and blind tasting the 2011 vintage. Between blind tastings, Molesworth visited Domaine Andron, Château Calon-Ségur and Malescot-St.-Exupéry.

Dec. 15, 2013 Issue  :  People

Angélus Rings Loudly

Hubert de Boüard has battled to gain recognition in St.-Emilion

Posted: December 15, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Mental Acuity Breaks Amidst the Vines

Between blind tastings of the 2011 Bordeaux vintage, visits to Domaine de Chavalier, Haut-Villet and Clos Fourtet

Posted: December 11, 2013  By James Molesworth

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth is back in France visiting châteaus in Bordeaux and blind tasting the 2011 vintage. Between blind tastings, Molesworth visited Domaine de Chavalier, Haut-Villet and Clos Fourtet.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

13 Red Bordeaux for $25 or Less

New reviews of affordable releases from the 2011 vintage

Posted: December 6, 2013  By James Molesworth

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

What does it mean to call a Bordeaux wine a first-growth, second-growth, third-growth or whichever?

Posted: December 4, 2013  

Nov. 15, 2013 Issue  :  People

The Riddle of Domaine de Chevalier

Olivier Bernard has labored for 30 years to master this Bordeaux gem

Posted: November 15, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

How Do You Become an Expert in Bordeaux?

4 tips for getting a handle on this uber-famous, sort-of-complicated, not-always-pricey wine region

Posted: November 7, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

It’s no secret that Bordeaux wines have a bit of a perception problem among U.S. consumers. In a 2012 blog post, senior editor James Molesworth, our lead taster for Bordeaux, said the Bordelais see the U.S. market “slipping away” on account of an “image issue, driven by the escalating prices of the top châteaus.”

A number of good reasons for exploring Bordeaux wines were outlined in that post, including a raft of under-$20 values, cellar-worthy wines at modest prices, stylistic diversity and a move to green farming and winemaking practices. But still, for many people just getting into wine, Bordeaux remains something of an unknown. How much does a consumer really need to know to buy a good bottle?

I asked Bernard Sun, corporate beverage director for Jean-Georges Restaurants, how he would recommend tackling the region. Here are his tips.

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Bordeaux Halloween Tricks: Poisoned Vines and Stolen Grapes

Plus, wine counterfeiters adopt a new strategy, the Smithsonian recognizes Stag's Leap and Montelena, the wine industry steps up for Breast Cancer Awareness and more

Posted: October 31, 2013  

News & Features  :  News & Features

Featured Winemaker: Bordeaux's Prince Robert of Luxembourg

Head of "the American first-growth," Haut-Brion, spotlights its sister property

Posted: October 29, 2013  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

How much Cabernet should be in a Cab/Merlot blend?

Posted: October 25, 2013  

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Pierre Lurton Talks Yquem Magic

Sneak peaks at the newest releases from Château d'Yquem show amazing quality

Posted: October 24, 2013  By James Molesworth

With the 2013 New York Wine Experience about to kick off tonight, it's no surprise to see a few vintners strolling through the Wine Spectator offices today. I sat down with Pierre Lurton this morning to get a sneak peek at the two newest releases from the famed Château d'Yquem—both the 2011 Sauternes and 2012 dry white.

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

If Burgundy has less tannin than Bordeaux, how come it can age just as long?

Posted: October 21, 2013  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Chris Noth and BV Fight Hunger with a Cook-Off

Plus, the "Champagne of water" hears from Champagne about that, Japanese wine for cats, and a $195,000 bottle of 2009 Margaux

Posted: October 17, 2013  

News & Features  :  News

Philippe Cottin, Former CEO of Mouton-Rothschild, Dies at 81

Executive devoted his life to the Bordeaux wine business

Posted: September 18, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Which Bordeaux regions' wines are more Cabernet-based versus Merlot-based?

Posted: September 11, 2013  

News & Features  :  News

Bordeaux Suffers More Hail, Hurting Small Grapegrowers

A second storm in a week savages vines; many farmers are uninsured

Posted: August 7, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

Bordeaux Drops Prices But Not Enough to Spark Sales

Posted: July 31, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell, Suzanne Mustacich

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