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Two Top Bordeaux Estates Have New Investors

Owners of Margaux's Château d'Issan and St.-Emilion's Monbousquet sell shares as they confront inheritance taxes

Posted: March 4, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

What does the term "Bordeaux-style" mean?

Posted: January 28, 2013  

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Bordeaux Under $20

New reviews of appealing 2010 reds that won't break the bank

Posted: January 25, 2013  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Guy Fieri's Big Gulp

Plus, the American prelims of the Bordeaux Cup brought together more student wine teams than ever before, but the winners remain the same

Posted: January 24, 2013  

News & Features  :  News

Demoted Wineries Challenge St.-Emilion Classification

A few months after a 2012 ranking replaced its lawsuit-challenged predecessor, three demoted châteaus cry foul

Posted: January 24, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

The World's Most Exclusive $20 Wines: Classified Sauternes

For some regions, it seems darn near impossible to find a bottle under $40, but the crafty shopper can get a taste of the greats for much less

Posted: January 22, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell

Walkaround wine tastings and by-the-glass pours are a bit like movie trailers. You catch a glimpse of what to expect. Probably you can even tell whether you like it enough to buy a ticket. But to see the full picture, so to speak, you need to see how the wine drinks with food, how it develops in the glass and the cellar. You need multiple screenings.

Unfortunately, when tickets start at around $40, "moviegoing" becomes an expensive hobby. For many wine regions and styles in the world, this is about the entry-level price for a bottle in the U.S. market. But it's possible to get a sense of the techniques in the vineyard and the winery, the grapes, the quality of the vintages and even a bit of the terroir of the greats without dropping more than $20 on a bottle-benchmarking on a budget. In an earlier post, I recommended crémant de Bourgogne from Burgundy's "Golden Gate" as a cousin to Champagne and Lirac for a taste of what Châteauneuf-du-Pape is all about.

I'm going to take a slightly different tack here. You can benchmark on a budget for Sauternes by drinking ... Sauternes.

News & Features  :  News

Top Stories of 2012

Real Housewife wine, Bordeaux troubles, a mysterious death, a high-profile counterfeiting case and Amazon's return to wine sales. The year in wine was tumultuous, to say the least

Posted: December 28, 2012  By Ben O'Donnell, Dana Nigro

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The Bordeaux Diary: A Vertical of Larcis Ducasse Reveals a Château Recapturing Its Glory

Sitting down with Nicolas Thienpont and David Suire to taste a 19-vintage vertical of Château Larcis Ducasse, back to 1955

Posted: December 26, 2012  By James Molesworth

On my last full day in Bordeaux, the sun finally came out. What a tease. Because instead of kicking the dirt in the vineyards today, I was back inside, sitting down with Nicolas Thienpont and David Suire to taste a vertical of Château Larcis Ducasse. Vertical tastings always make me wish I could taste the old vintages when they're young and the young vintages when they're old, and that was just as true today. The oldest four vintages were all beautiful wines, that showed divergent vintage character while surviving extended cellaring thanks to the force of terroir. The youngest vintages showed how the property is getting a dust off and reemerging to reclaim its position among the elite of St.-Emilion. Here are my scores and tasting notes for 19 vintages of Larcis Ducasse, beginning with the 1955.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The Bordeaux Diary: Thoughtful Winemaking

A rare glimpse at some yet-to-be blended parcels of Château Palmer with winemaker Thomas Duroux

Posted: December 21, 2012  By James Molesworth

Thomas Duroux has become one of my favorite winemakers in Bordeaux. He likes jazz. He thinks. He experiments. Oh, he also happens to make some compelling wine. Perhaps that's because he takes his time and he doesn't seem to get ruffled by anything. At Château Palmer, the third-growth estate located in the Margaux appellation, he dealt with hail in 2011 that lowered his yields in that and the ensuing 2012 vintage as well, to 2 tons and 1.5 tons per acre, respectively.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

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.

News & Features  :  News

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

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

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.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

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.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

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

News & Features  :  News

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

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

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.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

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.

News & Features  :  News

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

News & Features  :  News

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

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