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Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

A Final Visit in Chablis

Posted: June 16, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Day 11, June 13: I left Nuits-St.-Georges early Tuesday morning for Chablis. There, I visited Wm. Fèvre. A domaine with one of the largest holdings in grands crus Chablis, it was purchased by Joseph Henriot in 1998.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

New Digs for Two Houses

Posted: June 15, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

I’m back in New York now and a few days behind in my postings, but that’s what traveling does to one’s schedule. I arrived in Paris Tuesday and planned to meet some friends in the center of the city; however, the RER train from Charles de Gaulle to the city wasn’t running.

June 15, 2006 Issue  :  Collecting

A Special Patch of Burgundy

In a 20-vintage tasting, the celebrated terroir of La Tâche shines through

Posted: June 15, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

A Tale of Two Cellars

Posted: June 13, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Day 9, June 11: Sunday I had one appointment, but it encompassed two domaines and one négociant operation. Etienne de Montille runs both his family domaine, De Montille , and manages the Château de Puligny-Montrachet.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Another World

Posted: June 12, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Day 8, June 10: This day, I journeyed to another world, the Maconnais. I fell in love with the rolling hills, steep valleys and the imposing limestone outcroppings, the most famous of which is Le Solutré.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted


Posted: June 11, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Day 7, June 9: I went to Domaine Jean Grivot , which consists of 40 acres spread over 18 different vineyards. Though the estate is not organic, Etienne Grivot farms his land thoughtfully and prefers a combination of young, old and very old vines in each site.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

A Tour of the Côte de Beaune

Posted: June 9, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

This trip is my first impression of the 2005 red and white Burgundies. But it is an impression, and it’s important to remember that these are still unfinished wines. They have another 7 or 8 months to mature in barrel before being assembled for bottling.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

All Nuits, All Day

Posted: June 8, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Day 5, June 7: As it turned out, my 3 appointments are all in Nuits-St.-Georges. And, as in my previous visits, I tasted all the wines non-blind in the cellars. The Liger-Belair family began in the wine business in 1720, but it wasn’t until 2002 that a family member made wines from the vineyards.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Up and Down the Côte d'Or in a Day

Posted: June 7, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Day 4: June 6 There’s nothing like tasting 60 wines before lunch. When you visit chez Louis Jadot, that’s a fraction of the wines made. And if it were left to the energetic winemaker Jacques Lardière, you would not leave without tasting everything.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Three Domaines in the Côte de Nuits

Posted: June 6, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Day 3: June 5 Now, to the heart of the matter: Visiting and tasting at some of the top domaines and negoce in Burgundy. Cool weather prior to my trip delayed the malolactic fermentations ,and many of the 2005s are still undergoing malolactic fermentation.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Culinary Diversions in Burgundy

Posted: June 5, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Day 1: June 3 Whenver I go to Burgundy, I generally arrive at my hotel in Nuits-St.-Georges in the early evening. I like to have dinner my first night at the excellent La Cabotte restaurant in the center of town.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Tasting Burgundy's Anticipated 2005 Vintage

Posted: June 5, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Join me each day from June 5th through June 13th as I taste the highly anticipated 2005 Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from barrel. I will keep you updated on my visits with small growers and several négociant houses in Burgundy’s famous Côte d’Or.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Tough Question...

Posted: June 2, 2006  By James Molesworth

I was sitting with my wife at dinner, lingering over a glass of '59 Latour , watching the sheets of rain come down outside. "So, like the wine?" I asked. "Yes," she said. "Is it great?" I asked. "Yes," she said, but with slightly less conviction.

May 31, 2006 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

One of A Kind

Burgundy's exceptional 2003 reds reflect the extreme heat and drought of the summer

Posted: May 31, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

May 15, 2006 Issue  :  Great Grapes

Great Grapes: Seduction in a Glass

With seductive flavors and silky textures, Pinot Noir captures wine lovers' hearts

Posted: May 15, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

May 15, 2006 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Cellar Notes: 2004 Burgundy Barrel Tasting

A preview of the vintage finds outstanding whites and very good reds

Posted: May 15, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Playing A Game With Wine...

Posted: April 27, 2006  By James Molesworth

Burgundy is hot. It’s en fuego. So hot, it’s becoming a better investment than classified Bordeaux. The Sideways phenomenon helped turned American wine drinkers into Pinot Noir lovers, and recent good vintages have kept the train rolling.

Video  :  Video Index

Comparing Burgundies, Part 2: Tasting Terroir

Bruce Sanderson compares two red Burgundies and discusses their distinct terroir. Both wines -- a Volnay from the Côte de Beaune and a Gevrey-Chambertin from the Côte de Nuits -- are from the toasty 2003 vintage.

Posted: April 21, 2006  

Video  :  Video Index

Comparing Burgundies, Part 1: The Terroir

Burgundy is known for its terroir -- the unique combination of grapes, ground and winemaker -- that shapes each wine. Get a snapshot of Burgundy's terroir with Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator senior editor and tasting director.

Posted: April 19, 2006  

Video  :  Video Index

A Master Class in Burgundy Wine and Cigars

Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator and Cigar Aficionado, unplugged.

Posted: April 13, 2006  

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