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News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

One of Argentina's Stars at a TV Chef's New Restaurant

Achával-Ferrer Malbec Mendoza 2010

Posted: February 15, 2012  By Harvey Steiman

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A First Look at Alison Eighteen, with a Lively French White

Château Graville-Lacoste Graves White 2010

Posted: February 13, 2012  By Thomas Matthews

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Louis Jadot's 2010 Reds

Natural selection was the key to Pinot Noir quality in Burgundy's 2010 vintage

Posted: February 8, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

I'm back in Burgundy to taste the 2010 whites and reds. Some have been recently bottled, others are assembled in tank, or still in barrel, waiting to be blended for the bottling. Today I tasted the 2010 lineup from Louis Jadot with winemakers Jacques Lardière and Frédéric Barnier. Here are my notes and ratings on the 2010 Pinot Noirs.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

At Louis Jadot, a Fine Range, a Stellar Career

Winemaker Jacques Lardière previews his 2010 Chardonnays

Posted: February 6, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

I'm back in Burgundy to taste the 2010 whites and reds. Some have been recently bottled, others are assembled in tank, or still in barrel, waiting to be blended for the bottling. Today I tasted the 2010 lineup from Louis Jadot with winemakers Jacques Lardière and Frédéric Barnier. Here are my notes and ratings on the 2010 Chardonnays.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Old Vines in Chorey-lès-Beaune: Tollot-Beaut

Old, high-quality vine strains are the key to pure, ripe fruit flavors and intensity in 2010

Posted: February 3, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

I'm back in Burgundy, where winter weather has firmly set in, to taste the 2010 whites and reds. Some have been recently bottled, others are assembled in tank, or still in barrel, waiting to be blended for the bottling. I will cover mostly the Côte d'Or, with a side trip to Chablis and, for the first time, the Côte Chalonnaise. Today I tasted a lineup of 2010s from Tollot-Beaut.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

13 Suave French Reds

New reviews from the impressive 2009 and 2010 vintages of Beaujolais, including some solid values

Posted: January 27, 2012  By Alison Napjus

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

16 California Pinot Noirs

New reviews of winemaker Brian Loring’s 2010 Pinots offer an exciting glimpse of the vintage

Posted: January 9, 2012  By James Laube

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Trip to the Past and Future with a Spanish White

Rafael Palacios Godello Valdeorras Louro do Bolo 2009

Posted: January 3, 2012  By Dana Nigro

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Party-Friendly White

Torii Mor Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2010

Posted: December 27, 2011  By Dana Nigro

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

My Most Interesting White Wine of the Year

Château du Retout chooses an off-beat blend to save a vineyard

Posted: December 19, 2011  By James Molesworth

Who'd have thought the most interesting white wine I'd tasted all year would come from Bordeaux?

It would have been no surprise if some new white from the Rhône or the Loire, or a Riesling from Germany or the Finger Lakes, lit my fire this past year. Even something off the radar from the Jura would have been more predictably surprising than a white Bordeaux.

Yet there I was earlier this month, working in Bordeaux, blind tasting through 600 wines, focusing on the recently bottled 2009 reds. I started with a small flight of white, a mix of 2009s and '10s, when suddenly something electric hit my palate.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Catching Up with the Professor of Bordeaux

A sit-down with Denis Dubourdieu, vigneron behind the dynamic Château Doisy-Daëne, Clos Floridène and more

Posted: December 13, 2011  By James Molesworth

A youthful-looking 62, Denis Dubourdieu has a swoosh of dark, wavy hair that shows just a few hints of gray. With his reading glasses hanging around his neck, he has a well-cultivated professorial look, fitting for a man who could easily be called the professor of Bordeaux. Since the 1970s, Dubourdieu has taught at the University of Bordeaux, and during his career, his influential research on white wine vinification and aging helped revolutionize how white Bordeaux is made today. Dubourdieu is also a vigneron in his own right, heading up Denis Dubourdieu Domaines, a family company based at his home property of Château Reynon in the Côtes de Bordeaux town of Beguey and headlined by his flagship estate of Château Doisy-Daëne in Barsac.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Juicy White for Sipping

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier California 2010

Posted: November 30, 2011  By Kim Marcus

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Day 10: The Good Old Boys and a Queen

Swinging by the Southern Rhône's Domaine de Beaurenard and tasting with Isabel Ferrando at Domaine St.-Préfert

Posted: November 28, 2011  By James Molesworth

When I arrived in the Rhône almost two weeks ago, it was just before the Toussaint, a major religious holiday in France that fell on a Tuesday this year, giving France a long weekend through the Monday before. That meant more than a few vignerons weren't available for visits. So after working in the outer-lying appellations for the past few days, I circled back today, finishing up in Châteauneuf-du-Pape at two major estates, Domaine de Beaurenard and Domaine St.-Préfert.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Day 9: On the Dark Side of the Moon

Visiting the Southern Rhône's Chêne Bleu and Philippe Gimel

Posted: November 21, 2011  By James Molesworth

Viticulturally speaking, the Rolets' property at La Verrière is the equivalent of the dark side of the moon. Located on the back side of the Dentelles de Montmirail, its vineyards face north. That, combined with 500 meters and more of elevation, makes it one of the coolest, windiest spots for vines in the Southern Rhône. Here, crop yields are naturally low, and exuberant ripeness plays second fiddle to racy acidity.

Despite its proximity to Gigondas (the property's vines border that appellation, as well as the appellations of Séguret and Beaumes de Venise), the Chêne Bleu wines only earn a modest Vin de Pays de Vaucluse designation, but don't let that fool you.

This was my first visit to this remote property, perched on a knife's-edge hill behind the town of Le Crestet. My trusty GPS did its job-as did the final words of caution from Nicole Rolet, the estate's owner, when she gave me directions.

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2011 Vintage Report: United States

A first look at vintage quality in U.S. wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: November 18, 2011  

News & Features  :  Tasting Reports

Time for Beaujolais Nouveau

A blind tasting of 11 of France's first 2011 wines finds another good vintage for the Beaujolais region

Posted: November 17, 2011  By Alison Napjus

News & Features  :  News

2011 Vintage Report: California

A first look at vintage quality in California, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: November 17, 2011  

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Day 8: Mauvais Goût? It Depends on Your Perspective

Up into the hills of the Southern Rhône, to taste at Domaine Gramenon and Domaine Jaume

Posted: November 17, 2011  By James Molesworth

Today was a day not to lose faith in the GPS. Sometimes it took me on some squirrelly back roads, cutting through a vineyard on a narrow dirt path, even when there's a main road running parallel just a few hundred yards away.

But to find Domaine Gramenon, located up in the hills in the small hamlet of Montbrison, I knew I would need to keep the faith and stay on target. My GPS has taken me on the scenic route before, but it's always gotten me there.

Of course, I blew past the domaine once before turning around and seeing it as I backtracked. I should've known after all this time, that I was looking for a modest house with blink-and-you'll-miss-it signage. Set amidst vines that have already dropped their leaves when most others are still hanging on to theirs, and with browning weeds just as high running amok in the vine rows, Domaine Gramenon doesn't look like much at first glance. But the wines made here are distinctive, sometimes nebulous or awkward, but never anything less than provoking for their display of unadulterated minerality, smoky, garrigue-infused fruit and long, earth- and ash-laced finishes.

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2011 Vintage Report: Europe

A first look at vintage quality in Austria, Germany, Spain and Portugal, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: November 16, 2011  

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Favorite White to Answer a Frequent Question

Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Millstone 2010

Posted: November 16, 2011  By MaryAnn Worobiec

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