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Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Temperature Rising at Domaine Faiveley

Faiveley continues a hot streak with a terrific range of 2012 Burgundies

Posted: February 27, 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 visit to Domaine Faiveley.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Patience in Pommard

Tasting the 2012 Burgundies at Domaine de Courcel

Posted: February 11, 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 visit to Domaine de Courcel in Pommard.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Red Burgundy Values

New reviews of well-priced wines from the villages of Chorey-lès-Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune and Pernand-Vergelesses

Posted: February 7, 2014  By Bruce Sanderson

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Burgundy's Comeback Kid

Nicolas Potel lost his namesake winery five years ago; he's back and making even better wines

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.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Morning in Meursault

Tasting the 2012 Burgundies at René Lequin-Colin, Domaine Caillot and Philippe Bouzereau

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.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Accused Wine Counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan Guilty in Landmark Case

First federal prosecution for selling fake wine yields a conviction; Indonesian collector faces possible sentence of 40 years

Posted: December 18, 2013  By Peter Hellman, Mitch Frank

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Jurors Could Decide Alleged Wine Counterfeiter’s Fate Soon

Prosecutors are ready to rest their case against Rudy Kurniawan, and the defense may not call any witnesses

Posted: December 16, 2013  By Peter Hellman

Dec. 15, 2013 Issue  :  Columns

Wine in Film

Posted: December 15, 2013  By James Molesworth

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Burgundy All-Stars Testify Against Accused Wine Counterfeiter

Rudy Kurniawan watches as proprietors of Romanée-Conti, Roumier and Ponsot say wines he sold are fakes

Posted: December 13, 2013  By Peter Hellman

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Prosecutors Reveal Evidence Against Accused Wine Counterfeiter

Hundreds of corks, capsules and labels of iconic wines the FBI says it confiscated from Rudy Kurniawan's home

Posted: December 11, 2013  By Peter Hellman

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Accused Wine Counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan Goes on Trial

Prosecutors accuse “Dr. Conti” of making and selling millions of dollars worth of fakes; defense calls him a scapegoat

Posted: December 8, 2013  By Peter Hellman

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Rajat Parr Branches into Burgundy

The globetrotting sommelier-turned-winemaker's 2010 vintage of Maison l'Orée shows promise

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.

News & Features  :  News

Music Exec and Burgundy Star Collaborating on Oregon Pinot Noir

I.R.S. Records cofounder Jay Boberg and winemaker Jean-Nicolas Méo launch a wine in Willamette Valley

Posted: November 18, 2013  By Katherine Cole

Nov. 15, 2013 Issue  :  People

The Quiet Innovator

Robert Drouhin earns Wine Spectator's 2013 Distinguished Service Award

Posted: November 15, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Will Accused Wine Counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan Plead Insanity?

With trial a month away, defense attorneys ask for psychiatric examination; Prosecution protests

Posted: November 8, 2013  By Peter Hellman

News & Features  :  News

Police Uncover Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Counterfeiting Ring

Burgundy winery tipped off authorities; two men arrested and investigation is ongoing

Posted: October 30, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Remembering Burgundy's Patrick Bize

An honest and inviting winemaker who shared his sophisticated taste in wine and music

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.

News & Features  :  News

Burgundy Winemaker Patrick Bize Dies at 61

Savigny producer dies after tragic car accident; a beloved grower and winemaker

Posted: October 24, 2013  By Mitch Frank

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  :  News

Burgundy's Domaine Faiveley Buys Domaine Dupont-Tisserandot

One of the region's leading wineries strengthens its holdings in Gevrey-Chambertin

Posted: October 20, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

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