Posted: February 7, 2014 By Bruce Sanderson
Posted: February 6, 2014 By Mitch Frank
The first time I met Nicolas Potel, I was legitimately concerned that his hair would burst into flame at some point during the day we spent together. I was visiting Burgundy in early 2009 to write a story on the négociant, and I found a man busting at the seams with energy, trying to grow his eponymous winery—which had gotten an infusion of capital from new owners—and devote some time to a few small but ambitious side projects.
I came away feeling like Potel, then 40, was going to be a success, if he could hold it all together. But two months after I left, his juggling act came crashing down. The new owners of Maison Nicolas Potel fired Nicolas Potel. (The wines still bear his name today, but he has no role in them.) When I checked in with him before my story appeared, he was putting the pieces back together, launching a new négociant and looking for vineyards to start a small domaine. His energy was still there. But I wondered if it was all too much.
Today, Potel remains full of energy, ambition and ideas. But he also seems more at peace.
Posted: February 5, 2014 By Bruce Sanderson
Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson has just returned from Burgundy, where he tasted the 2012 vintage. Here are his tasting notes and non-blind scores from his visits to René Lequin-Colin, Domaine Caillot and Philippe Bouzereau.
Posted: December 16, 2013 By Peter Hellman
Posted: December 15, 2013 By James Molesworth
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Posted: December 8, 2013 By Peter Hellman
Posted: November 26, 2013 By Bruce Sanderson
Rajat Parr, wine director for the Michael Mina group, began making wine in California with the 2004 vintage. What originally began as a quest to vinify whole-cluster Syrah led him to Beckmen's Purisima Mountain Vineyard. He also sourced a little Chardonnay from Jim Clendenen at Au Bon Climat from the 2004 and 2005 harvests.
From 2006 through 2009, Parr's wines were under the Evening Land umbrella before consolidating the Sandhi project with partners Charles Banks and winemaker Sashi Moorman in 2010. Parr and Moorman purchased a 40-acre Pinot Noir vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills from Evening Land in 2012 with plans to make wines from it under the Domaine de la Côte label. Sandhi wines are from purchased fruit.
Now, Parr and Banks are making wine in Burgundy, under the Maison l'Orée label, with the help of Nicolas Potel and his team at Domaine de Bellene in Beaune. I caught up with Parr recently in New York.
Posted: November 18, 2013 By Katherine Cole
Posted: November 15, 2013 By Bruce Sanderson
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Posted: October 30, 2013 By Suzanne Mustacich
Posted: October 24, 2013 By Bruce Sanderson
The wine world lost a talented winemaker when Patrick Bize died Sunday. Patrick was genuine, warm and had a great sense of humor.
I had the good fortune of visiting Patrick twice in the past four years at his domaine in Savigny-lès-Beaune, where he made terrific reds and whites from an assortment of villages and premier cru parcels. He also bottled a little Corton-Charlmagne and Latricières-Chambertin.
His wines reflected his personality: Frank, honest, warm and inviting.
Posted: October 24, 2013 By Mitch Frank
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Posted: October 20, 2013 By Bruce Sanderson
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Posted: October 14, 2013 By Peter Hellman
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